The New York Rangers extended their hot streak with a pair of victories over strong division rivals, which seems to suggest they wouldn't have trouble with the struggling Carolina Hurricanes - especially if the first meeting of the season is any indication.
New York seeks its fourth straight victory when it visits Carolina on Thursday night.
The Rangers (13-5-3) won for the 10th time in 12 games with a 4-3 victory over Atlantic Division-leading Pittsburgh on Tuesday, which was preceded by a 2-0 win over Philadelphia on Saturday.
Brad Richards had a goal and two assists against the Penguins while Ryan Callahan and Marian Gaborik each added a goal and an assist.
Henrik Lundqvist made 24 saves and has gone 8-1-0 with a 1.88 goals-against average over his last nine starts. He hasn't allowed more than three goals in that span.
Lundqvist helped New York easily handle Carolina on Nov. 11, making 34 saves in a 5-1 win. Callahan, Richards and Brandon Dubinsky each had a goal and...