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  • There are many storylines entering this game but none bigger than the top two teams in the Metropolitan Division battling for first place.
  • With an equal number of games played – Carolina leads the Rangers by two points. A win for the Rangers will put them tied for first place in the Metropolitan Division
  • The two teams will play one more time this season at Madison Square Garden
  • The winner of the Metropolitan Division will play the wild card team from the Atlantic Division. As of right now – that is the Boston Bruins.
  • Another big storyline entering this game is the return of Tony DeAngelo to the Garden
  • DeAngelo was waived by the Rangers last season after getting into a physical confrontation with goaltender Alex Georgiev.
  • DeAngelo has been a very controversial figure throughout his career as he has had multiple documented incidents mostly off the ice. It has since been heavily noted that DeAngelo was a problem in the locker room in New York and that the altercation with Georgiev was the final straw in his Rangers career
  • What kind of reception will DeAngelo get from the crowd? On a scale of Henrik Lundqvist to Tom Wilson, I would be willing to bet it is closer to the Wilson side
  • The likely goaltending matchup is Igor Shesterkin vs Frederik Andersen. Both goaltenders will likely be finalists for the Vezina Trophy at the end of the year.
  • This is the first time the Hurricanes will face Shesterkin this season. In both games against the Rangers, the Hurricanes played Georgiev each time
  • I think it is very important for the Rangers to at least make Tuesday night’s game extremely competitive. Despite splitting the first two meetings, Carolina was flat-out the dominant team. Luckily for the Rangers, they got Georgiev’s best game of the season stopping all 44 shots on March 20th
  • This is the first time the two teams will place since the trade deadline. It will be interesting to see just how much better the Rangers play the Hurricanes at 5 v 5 with their acquisitions
  • Carolina is 5-3-2 in their last ten including defeats to the Wild, Sabres, and Islanders
  • Filip Chytil remains out of the lineup but he is close. It sounds like the Rangers are playing it safe with Chytil and rightfully so
  • Tyler Motte is described to have a “significant” upper-body injury. Don’t expect Motte back for the rest of the regular season. I wouldn’t be surprised if it was longer than that.

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