As they continue trying to put their slow start behind them, the Rangers go for a ninth straight win against the Hurricanes on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden.
New York (5-7-0) opened by losing six of its first eight games under first-year coach Alain Vigneault, though a nine-game road trip to start the season didn't help matters.
The team has shown improvement with three wins in its last four games, including what may have been its best effort of the season in a 2-0 win over Buffalo on Thursday.
After having trouble finding the net during their lengthy road trip, the Rangers were much more aggressive with 46 shots against the Sabres.
"I think the last couple of weeks, we really stepped our game up," said Henrik Lundqvist, who made 29 saves for his second shutout. "I think we're getting more and more comfortable the way we play as a team, trust the system and each other. We're moving in the right direction."
That turnaround may continue against Carolina (4-6-3), which has allowed 31 goals against New York during its eight-game skid in the series.
Lundqvist has been in net for five of those meetings, compiling a 1.73 goals-against average. He's been particularly dominant while winning his last three home games against the Hurricanes, posting a 0.96 GAA and .969 save percentage.
The opponent hasn't mattered much when Lundqvist is in net at MSG. His 2.12 GAA and 33 shutouts are franchise records there.
Brad Richards doesn't have a point in two home games this season, but his five goals and seven assists are team highs. The center has fared well versus Carolina with four goals and five assists over the last eight meetings, earning five of those points in three games at the Garden.
Chris Kreider has one goal in each of the last two games, matching his total from 23 games last season.
The Hurricanes have been outscored 13-4 during a four-game slide, their longest since dropping seven in a row from April 1-11.
Their recent struggles continued with Friday's 3-0 loss to Tampa Bay, and injuries are certainly having an impact.