The New York Rangers are trying to create some breathing room in the cluttered Eastern Conference playoff race.
A meeting with the spiraling Carolina Hurricanes might be just what they need.
While goaltender Henrik Lundqvist claims his hamstring injury isn't an issue, the Rangers look to continue compiling points by beating the Hurricanes for the seventh straight time Saturday night.
The Rangers (18-15-4) are tied with the New York Islanders for the final two playoff positions in the conference, one point ahead of New Jersey and two in front of Winnipeg. Philadelphia and Buffalo are lurking three and four points back, respectively.
New York is 2-0-1 over its last three games after falling 2-1 in a shootout at Pittsburgh on Friday to split a home-and-home set with the East leader.
"I thought we played really well, really well," coach John Tortorella said Friday.
Lundqvist has been impressive while starting each of the last three games, stopping 78 of 82 shots. He had 26 saves t...