Carolina takes on division rival New York
Raleigh, North Carolina; Thursday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Carolina hosts New York in a matchup of Metropolitan Division teams.
The Hurricanes are 2-3-1 against the rest of their division. Carolina has scored 11 power-play goals, converting on 22.4% of chances.
The Rangers are 0-2-0 against the rest of their division. New York averages 11.8 penalty minutes per game, the third-most in the NHL. Brendan Lemieux leads the team serving 26 total minutes.
The teams square off Thursday for the first time this season.
LAST 10 GAMES: Rangers: 4-5-1, averaging 3.1 goals, 5.4 assists, 5.2 penalties and 13 penalty minutes while allowing 3.1 goals per game with a .912 save percentage.
Hurricanes: 4-5-1, averaging 2.8 goals, 4.8 assists, 3.8 penalties and 7.9 penalty minutes while giving up 2.7 goals per game with a .905 save percentage.
Hurricanes Injuries: Erik Haula: day to day (lower-body).
Rangers Injuries: Mika Zibanejad: day to day (upper body).