Rangers seek redemption against Hurricanes in Carolina
The New York Rangers will have another chance to make a move in the Metropolitan Division, and they’ll have to make it count this time.
The Rangers squandered a pair of third-period leads against the Carolina Hurricanes in a 3-2 loss on Tuesday by surrendering three goals in the final frame.
New York will have a shot at revenge on Thursday when they visit the Hurricanes in Raleigh, N.C.
“We didn’t play near well enough to beat that team,” Gerard Gallant said. “They were a lot quicker than we were… But it all comes back to we didn’t skate enough, we didn’t move the puck enough, we didn’t play our game.”
Here’s tonight’s game and broadcast info:
New York Rangers (41-20-10) vs. Carolina Hurricanes (46-15-8)
Date/Time: March 23, 2023 at 7:00 PM ET
Arena: PNC Arena
Radio: ESPN 98.7
Rangers seek redemption
Carolina (46-15-8, 100 points) scored all three of its goals in the final 11 minutes in Tuesday’s game.
“We had a game plan and the guys knew what we needed to do,” Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour said. “They’ve got a high-offense team, so we were trying to limit their chances.”
Topping the Rangers (41-20-10, 92 points) in the manner that they did is bound to bolster the Hurricanes. Carolina has 10 third-period comebacks that have resulted in victories.
The Rangers eliminated Carolina in Game 7 of last year’s Eastern Conference second round and then won the first two meetings between the teams this season.
Gallant said he doesn’t want to dwell on past results, particularly after Tuesday’s disappointment. At practice on Wednesday, he rearranged his power play units and strategies.
Per multiple reports, here’s how they will line up for tonight:
PP1 – Adam Fox, Mika Zibanejad, Chris Kreider, Artemi Panarin, and Patrick Kane
PP2 – Jacob Trouba, Vincent Trocheck, Alexis Lafreniere, Filip Chytil, and Vladimir Tarasenko
It’s also worth noting that how they set up and deploy will depend on their opponent.
“We’re going to do different things with that,” the coach revealed. “Depends on what team you’re playing but [the setup] will be different. Sometimes you got a guy in the bumper and sometimes net front, and sometimes on the goal line. It just depends on who you play.”
The Rangers suffered a brief scare in the second period when Ryan Lindgren left the ice for a spell in the second period after tweaking his previously injured left shoulder. He did return to post an assist and a plus-1 rating on Tuesday in his first contest since an 11-game absence with an upper-body injury.
“A little rust, for sure,” Gallant said of Lindgren. “But not bad. He was better than some of them.”
Igor Shesterkin is expected to be back in net for the rematch.
–Field Level Media
–Forever Blueshirts contributed to this article