RALEIGH, N.C. -- The New York Rangers and Carolina Hurricanes have a common theme as they prepare to meet for the first time this season Wednesday night.
They are both on pretty good rolls as they carry good vibes into the matchup at PNC Arena.
"The league is so competitive you have to be on the top of your game every night to get any points," Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist said. "It's hard to see a difference between teams. It's going to be a tight race right to the end, I think. The deciding factor is going to be consistency."
The Rangers have pointed to good penalty-killing for helping their cause recently. The Hurricanes have mostly been ragged on power plays, though that changed in their latest game when they scored twice on power plays against the New York Islanders.
The Rangers have benefitted from some good starts.
"It helps when you get the lead," Lundqvist said. "I think the last few weeks I've been playing a little bit more aggressive."
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