At a glance: The New York Rangers return to Raleigh to face the Carolina Hurricanes for the second time in four days as they start a three-game road trip that also includes stops in Minnesota and Winnipeg. New York has won two straight heading into Tuesday’s action, the latest victory a 3-0 win against the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday in which goaltender Henrik Lundqvist celebrated his milestone 300th win.
Last time around: Rangers forward Chris Kreider called the Rangers’ last meeting with the Hurricanes a “gut check” of a game, and it seemed to be a turning point for the Blueshirts in terms of shaking any remaining post-Olympic hangover. The Rangers rallied twice from one-goal deficits before dispatching the Canes 4-2. Looking to snap a two-game skid, Carolina will be aiming to exact some revenge.
Call him the King: Coming off an outstanding 30-save shutout performance on Sunday, Lundqvist is the expected starter with another significant accomplishment in reach. The 32-year-old netminder, who became one of only 29 goaltenders in NHL history to post 300 wins, is now just one win shy of the Rangers franchise record of 301 wins, held by Stanley Cup-winner Mike Richter. Lundqvist also tied club legend Eddie Giacomin Sunday with his 49th career shutout.
Point streak: Defenseman Ryan McDonagh has been chipping in offensively, with three goals and five points in the last four games. After scoring goals in three consecutive goals, McDonagh picked up a pair of assists on both of Kreider’s third-period goals against the Wings on Sunday. Derek Stepan also recorded secondary assists on each of Kreider’s goals; the young center is on a six-game point streak with nine points during that span.
Familiar face: The Hurricanes enter Tuesday’s game after a 5-4 loss to the New Jersey Devils on Saturday. What’s worse? The game-winner was scored by someone they know quite well. Tuomo Ruutu, traded to the Devils from Carolina at the deadline last week, snapped a 4-4 tie with 6:30 remaining to beat his former club.