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.
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.