By: DAVID KOLB
CAROLINA HURRICANES (9-9-5) @ NEW YORK RANGERS (16-8-1)
ALL KNOTTED UP
The Rangers look to bounce back from Thursday’s 4-3 loss to the Sabres today when they host the Carolina Hurricanes at Madison Square Garden for the second time in five days. After dropping the first meeting of the season with the Hurricanes, 3-2, on Oct. 28, the Rangers rallied from a 2-0 deficit to beat the Hurricanes, 3-2, Tuesday to even the season series.
HANK HAS CANES NUMBER
Henrik Lundqvist will get the start once again today for the Rangers. The 34-year-old is 10-0-0 with a 1.17 goals against average and .962 with a shutout in the last 10 contests against Carolina.
SKINNING OFF THE TOP
Hurricanes left wing Jeff Skinner comes to The Garden in top form after recording a goal and three assists in his last four contests. He’s also tallied three goals and four assists in his past eight games Through 22 games, Skinner is on pace to surpass his career-best 63 points (earned his rookie season) and has nine goals and 11 assists for 20 points.
SPECIAL TEAMS ARE SPECIAL
The Blueshirts are one of three NHL teams to have a 23.0 percent power-play efficiency or better and an 84.0 percent penalty-kill success rate or better this season (along with Nashville and St. Louis). The Rangers have outscored their opponent on special teams in 12 of 25 games this season with Rick Nash leading the way with four power-play tallies.
KEEP NASH-ING ON
Nash has regained his touch after scoring a career-low 15 goals last season. No. 61 begins the day red-hot, scoring four times in his last six games — including a goal against the Sabres on Thursday a goal and an assist versus Carolina Tuesday.