Marian Gaborik has missed 14 games this season, with a separated shoulder, the flu and a sore groin. The Rangers are 7-7 without him, so they know they can survive minus the winger.

With Gaborik set to miss another game Tuesday night due to a concussion, and no timetable for his return, the Rangers' season is riding on their ability to rediscover their toughness in the face of adversity, as they did earlier in the season.

The Rangers begin a two-game Southeast Division road trip in Raleigh, where the Hurricanes will try to match their seventh-place total of 66 points. Carolina has played one fewer game than the Blueshirts, who have lost eight of their last 10 and allowed ninth-place Buffalo to climb within six points, which the Sabres could make up with their three games in hand.

"We need wins," defenseman Marc Staal said after the Rangers' 4-2 loss to the Flyers on Sunday. "It seems like we're always close to being able to tie it up and go ahead, but we're just not able to do it right now. We need to figure out a way to do that and start stringing some wins together."