The Rangers wrap up their four-game homestand and play their first game of December against the Carolina Hurricanes tonight.
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The Blueshirts own the Canes, winning 22 of their last 26 meetings, dating back to Feb. 22, 2011. The Rangers bashed the Hurricanes, 6-1, in their first meeting of the season on Nov. 22.
Captain Ryan McDonagh is expected to return to the ice tonight after missing the past four games with an abdominal strain.
Mika Zibanejad will miss his second consecutive game, and is out indefinitely with concussion symptoms stemming from a hit he took Friday against the Red Wings. Zibanejad leads the Rangers in points (22) and goals (11).
Chris Kreider is riding a three-game goal scoring streak where he’s lit the lamp five times. Kreider also has eight goals in 16 career games against the Hurricanes.
Mats Zuccarello has scored more points against the Hurricanes than any other opponent. Zucc has 23 points (five goals, 18 assists) in 24 games and has registered at least a point in 15 of his 18 games against Carolina.
Marc Staal will go up against his brother Jordan, who has seven goals and nine assists in 23 games this season for the Hurricanes.
Pavel Buchnevich has recorded 18 points (eight goals, 10 assists) in the 17 games at The Garden this year, leading the team in points at home and ranking second in the NHL in points at home.