Carolina (13-12-4) at NY Rangers (19-11-2) 7:00 p.m. EST
NEW YORK (Ticker) — The New York Rangers may have more to gain
than two points on Saturday.
The Rangers will attempt to impress highly sought after
free-agent center Mats Sundin when they host the slumping
Sundin, who notched 32 goals and 78 points with the Toronto
Maple Leafs last season, is looking to make a decision about the
team he will play for by the end of the month.
The 37-year-old Sundin will be at Madison Square Garden and will
have a meeting with New York general manager Glen Sather. The
Rangers’ struggling offense could definitely use Sundin, but
would be hard-pressed to make room under the salary cap.
New York, which currently sits atop the Atlantic Division, does
present Sundin a chance to win his first championship –
especially if the Swede can provide an offensive boost.
It was the defense that let the Rangers down in Friday’s 8-5
loss to the rival New Jersey Devils. New York had rallied from
a four-goal deficit to force a tie with less than nine minutes
to play only to see the Devils score three straight goals.
The Hurricanes are also struggling, having lost seven of their
previous nine contests.
Carolina squandered a four-goal lead in the third period
Thursday and lost to the Philadelphia Flyers, 6-5, in a