Series (Game 4 of 4)

Carolina leads 2-1

Game 1: Saturday, October 18th
Game 2: Thursday, October 30th
Game 3: Thursday, November 6th
Game 4: Thursday, January 8th

Rangers 2

(16-16-3, 40 pts)

Hurricanes 3

(14-17-2, 38 pts)

7:00 PM ET, January 8, 2004

PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina

1 2 3 T
NYR 1 0 12
CAR 0 3 03

R. Francis (Hurricanes - C): Goals: 0, Assists: 1

J. Vasicek (Hurricanes - C): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

K. Adams (Hurricanes - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

NY Rangers (16-15-5-3) at Carolina (13-17-8-2) 7:00 pm EST

RALEIGH, North Carolina (Ticker) -- The New York Rangers try to recover from one of their worst losses in recent history Thursday night when they visit the punchless Carolina Hurricanes.

The Rangers are coming off a 5-0 home loss to the Calgary Flames on Monday night, when they allowed three goals in the first period and were booed off the ice by a frustrated Madison Square Garden crowd.

It was the Rangers' first home game following a 3-1-0 road trip. They are in the midst of playing six of seven games away from home, a run that ends Saturday at Long Island.

The Rangers shouldn't have to worry about much offense against the Hurricanes, who are last in the league with 70 goals in 40 games. They have gone 12 straight games without scoring more than twice, which they have done just eight times.

Carolina is coming off Tuesday's 2-0 win over the St. Louis Blues, its fifth in 10 games (5-5-0) under coach Peter Laviolette, who took over for the fired Paul Maurice on December 15.

While they have struggled mightily offensively, the Hurricanes had their biggest outburst against the Rangers, setting a season high in goals with a 6-3 home win on November 6.

This is the final meeting of the season between the teams, who split three games (1-1-1) over the first three weeks of the season, the first two coming at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers swept all four games against Carolina in 2002-03.