Series (Game 1 of 4)

Carolina leads 3-1

Game 1: Thursday, November 17th
Game 2: Saturday, November 19th
Game 3: Monday, March 6th
Game 4: Tuesday, March 14th

Rangers 1

(11-7-3, 25 pts)

Hurricanes 5

(14-3-1, 29 pts)

7:00 PM ET, November 17, 2005

PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina

1 2 3 T
NYR 1 0 01
CAR 1 2 25

K. Adams (Hurricanes - C): Goals: 3, Assists: 0

M. Gerber (Hurricanes - G): Saves: 28, Save Pct.: .966

R. Vrbata (Hurricanes - RW): Goals: 0, Assists: 2

NY Rangers (11-6-3) at Carolina (13-3-1) 7:00 pm EST

NY Rangers (11-6-3) at Carolina (13-3-1), 7:00 pm EST

RALEIGH, North Carolina (Ticker) -- When the NHL announced its schedule for the 2005-06 season, it could not have projected a mid-November meeting between the New York Rangers and Carolina Hurricanes as a battle of first-place teams.

However, that will be the scenario Thursday at the RBC Center.

Carolina arguably has been the league's biggest surprise of the season's first six weeks. The Hurricanes have won 10 of their last 11 games, including a 2-1 triumph over Ottawa on Tuesday.

Martin Gerber made 35 saves and Ray Whitney and Mike Commodore scored second-period goals for the Hurricanes, who held the Senators without a goal in eight power-play opportunities.

New York, which has not made the playoffs since 1997, has gotten off to a great start this season behind superstar right wing Jaromir Jagr, who scored his league-leading 18th goal in Tuesday's 2-1 setback vs. Toronto.

Kevin Weekes made 20 saves for the Rangers, who had won five of their previous six games.

Carolina, which travels to Madison Square Garden to take on the Rangers on Saturday, held a 2-1-1 edge vs. New York in the 2003-04 season series.