The Capitals are in first place in the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference of the NHL with 101 points and the Hurricanes sit in second with 91. The only way the 'Canes can catch the Caps is by winning all their remaining regular season games.
The 'Canes are on a winning streak, with six victories in a row, but will have to finish the stretch run to the playoffs without a loss in order to beat the statistics. The Canes arguably were one of the NHL's hottest team in March, going 10-1-2.
The Rangers have their own reasons for wanting a win over Carolina. They need two points to move further ahead of the Montreal Canadiens, in the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
The Rangers are coming off an impressive win against the New Jersey Devils and are 6-3-1 in their last ten games. The Rangers shut out the Devils, 3-0, but New Jersey is in a slump which has seen them drop six games in a row.
The Rangers (40-28-9) may have Michal Rozsival on defense again, returning after an injury. Antropov has seven goals and four assists and Sean Avery has 10 points in 13 games since returning to the Rangers. The Rangers are 9-5-2 in 16 games with John Tortorella as coach. Ryan Callahan has eight goals and four assists in the last 16.
With a win over the Rangers, Carolina (42-28-7) could push their home winning streak to 10 games and set a franchise record. The 'Canes' goalie Cam Ward was named Monday as the NHL's First Star of the month. The Hockey News now has Carolina at the top of its power rankings for the NHL.
How can you stop a Hurricane? The Rangers beat the Devils by peppering Marty Brodeur of the Devils with 20 shots in the first period and they kept crashing the net for all three periods.