New York Rangers take on the Carolina Hurricanes in Game Six at PNC Arena

May 13, 2024; New York, New York, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin (31) tends net
May 13, 2024; New York, New York, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin (31) tends net / Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Rangers fly down to Raleigh, North Carolina, for game six against the Carolina Hurricanes. Carolina is looking to become the 10th team in NHL history to go down 3-0 in a series and force a game seven with a win tonight, and the Rangers can knock out the Metropolitan Division runners-up with a win. It's the same situation for the last three days: win and move on for the New York Rangers. With a loss, their backs would also go up against the wall. 

For the Rangers, everyone is expected to be available tonight after Filip Chytil made his long-awaited return to the lineup in game three and missed the next two due to illness. There's also the chance Blake Wheeler, who shed his non-contact jersey a few days ago, could be an option as he works his way back from the scary leg injury he sustained. 

On the Carolina side, there have been rumblings of Brett Pesce becoming available for them once more. He shed his non-contact jersey after a lower-body injury he sustained in round one against the New York Islanders. He will not play tonight, but if the Rangers lose this game, the availability of their promising right-shot defenseman for game seven is something the Rangers will have to find a way to overcome. He makes the Hurricanes a much more difficult opponent for the Rangers. 

Projected Lineups 

New York Rangers

Chris Kreider - Mika Zibanejad - Jack Roslovic
Artemi Panarin - Vincent Trocheck - Alexis Lafreniere
Will Cuylle - Alex Wennberg - Kaapo Kakko
Jimmy Vesey - Barclay Goodrow - Jonny Brodzinski
Ryan Lindgren - Adam Fox
K'Andre Miller - Jacob Trouba
Erik Gustafsson - Braden Schneider
Igor Shesterkin
Jonathan Quick

Carolina Hurricanes

Jake Guentzel - Sebastian Aho - Andrei Svechnikov
Teuvo Teravainen - Jordan Staal - Seth Jarvis
Jordan Martinook - Jack Drury - Martin Necas
Jesperi Kotkaniemi - Evgeny Kuznetsov - Stefan Noesen
Jaccob Slavin - Brent Burns
Brady Skjei - Anthony DeAngelo
Dmitry Orlov - Jalen Chatfield
Frederik Andersen
Pyotr Kochetkov

Puck Drop 

Tonight's game is at 7 p.m., starting from PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Hurricanes know that they can force the Rangers into a highly uncomfortable position with their backs against the wall with a win tonight. On the other hand, the Rangers need a win to progress to the Eastern Conference Finals for the second time in three years.