Carolina takes on New York, seeks 5th straight win
Carolina Hurricanes (52-20-8, first in the Metropolitan) vs. New York Rangers (51-22-6, second in the Metropolitan)
New York; Tuesday, 7 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Carolina seeks to keep its four-game win streak alive when the Hurricanes take on New York.
The Rangers are 15-8-1 in division matchups. New York is ninth in the Eastern Conference averaging 5.3 assists per game, led by Artemi Panarin with 1.0.
The Hurricanes are 15-8-1 against opponents from the Metropolitan. Carolina is fourth in the Eastern Conference recording 9.1 points per game, averaging 3.3 goals and 5.8 assists.
Carolina took down New York 4-2 in the last meeting between these teams on April 12.
TOP PERFORMERS: Mika Zibanejad leads the Rangers with a plus-28 in 79 games this season. Panarin has 12 assists over the last 10 games for New York.
Sebastian Aho leads the Hurricanes with 43 total assists and has 79 points. Jordan Staal has nine goals and one assist over the last 10 games for Carolina.
LAST 10 GAMES: Rangers: 7-2-1, averaging 3.4 goals, 6.3 assists, 2.6 penalties and 6.3 penalty minutes while giving up 1.4 goals per game with a .947 save percentage.
Hurricanes: 7-3-0, averaging 3.6 goals, 5.8 assists, 4.1 penalties and nine penalty minutes while allowing 2.8 goals per game with an .888 save percentage.
INJURIES: Rangers: Kaapo Kakko: out (lower-body), Tyler Motte: out (upper body), Andrew Copp: day to day (lower body), Filip Chytil: day to day (undisclosed).
Hurricanes: Frederik Andersen: out (undisclosed), Vincent Trocheck: day to day (rest), Antti Raanta: day to day (lower-body), Jesperi Kotkaniemi: day to day (undisclosed).