RALEIGH, NC - MARCH 09: Mika Zibanejad #93 of the New York Rangers battles Noah Hanifin #5 of the Carolina Hurricanes for the puck during the game at PNC Arena on March 9, 2017 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

The New York Rangers head back on the road against the Carolina Hurricanes looking for their third win away from MSG without Ryan McDonagh.

Ryan McDonagh has not had the best start to the season that he and the New York Rangers were hoping for.

The injury doesn’t necessarily come as a surprise as McDonagh has missed several practices throughout the season. The Rangers called those missed practices maintenance days yet McDonagh won’t play on Wednesday night in Carolina.

Steven Kampfer will replace the injured McDonagh who will be missing his first game of the season. Kampfer has skated in nine games for the Rangers this season and has yet to record a point. He played in a stretch of six consecutive games in place of the struggling Brendan Smith and will be getting a chance to prove himself once again via the McDonagh injury.

Lundqvist gets the nod again

Henrik Lundqvist will be receiving his 10th straight start in goal for the Rangers.

In his last five games, Lundqvist has gone 3-2 allowing 10 goals during that span. He is coming off a 20-save shutout against the Ottawa Senators where the Rangers played their best defensive game of the season.

It certainly looks like Lundqvist has turned a corner in the month of November. His save percentage is back to a respectable .911 and his goals-against average is down to 2.81. Lundqvist had a 2.74 goals-against average in all of the 2016-17 season.

AV Meets the Media

When talking about Ryan McDonagh, head coach Alain Vigneault mentioned that the injury “has been there for a little bit so we just want to check it out.” Vigneault would go on to mention that McDonagh would not accompany the team to Carolina and his status for the teams game against Detroit Friday is up in the air.

“So many guys are always looking to get more minutes,” Vigneault said when asked about replacing McDonagh.

Vigneault also mentioned that McDonagh does play over 20 minutes a night so it is imperative for someone to step their game up in his absence.

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