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Washington Capitals Want the New York Rangers To Beat the Carolina Hurricanes

Martin AverySenior Writer IApril 2, 2009

NEW YORK - MARCH 30:  Sean Avery #16 of the New York Rangers skates against the New Jersey Devils during the game on March 30, 2009 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

The Washington Capitals have joined fans of the New York Rangers hoping their team wins over the Carolina Hurricanes today.

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.

A win over the Hurricanes would put the Rangers into a tie with Carolina, in sixth place, just one point behind the Pittsburgh Penguins and one win behind the Philadelphia Flyers.

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.

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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.

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