3 Keys: Rangers in Hurricanes, Game 7 of the Eastern 2nd Round

The Carolina Hurricanes and New York Rangers will play their second Game 7 of the Stanley Cup playoffs when they decide their Eastern Conference second-round series at PNC Arena on Monday.

The winner will have the home advantage against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference Finals, which begins Wednesday.

“I think it’s actually easier to play in a sense, because you know there’s a purpose to it,” Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour said of Game 7. “We’re not going to play another one against them. That’s it. So I think it’s easier to go out on the track. It’s easier to say, ‘Just throw it all out there and let it all out’, because it’s over one way or another.”

Carolina is 7-0 at home this postseason, the third team in the past nine years to open the Stanley Cup Playoffs with at least seven straight wins, joining the 2013 Los Angeles Kings (eight games) and Chicago Blackhawks. of 2014 (seven).

During that streak, the Hurricanes led by 224:10 and lost by 50:30, all in Game 1 against Rangers, a 2-1 overtime victory for Carolina. The Hurricanes outscored their opponents 25-8 at home, including 7-2 against Rangers.

Carolina could become the first team in NHL history to win seven straight 7 games; won six straight since the 2006 Eastern Conference Finals.

The Hurricanes defeated the Boston Bruins 3-2 in Game 7 of the first round at the PNC Arena on May 14 after losing Game 6 away, just as they did at Madison Square Garden on Saturday.

“We definitely have the confidence to do it. [again]”Carolina downtown Sebastião Aho said. “We believe it.”

Rangers are 4-0 in potential playoff elimination games, including a 4-3 overtime win in Game 7 against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round. They won Game 6 in Pittsburgh to force a Game 7. It remains their only playoff win away from home (1-5).

New York were defeated 34-17 in a 3-1 loss in Game 5 at the PNC Arena, which dropped them 3-2 in the series. But Rangers came back for a 5-2 win in Game 6 when the goalkeeper Igor Shesterkin made 37 saves and provided two assists.

Rangers have been 7-1 in Game 7 since 2012.

“We’re going to be ourselves, that’s how we’ve done it all year,” said the New York defender. Jacob Trouba said. “Even this morning, the guys are laughing, having fun, enjoying our time together. Let’s enjoy this game. There will be no big speeches. We know what we need to do, and our team has been doing it all year.”

The home teams are 111-78 (.587) winning Game 7 all-time in the playoffs, including 4-1 this postseason. The team that scores first in Game 7 is 142-47 (.751) all-time, including 4-1 this postseason.

Here are 3 keys to Game 7:

1. Reply from Raanta

Anti Raanta was pulled at 3:24 of the second period in Game 6 after allowing three goals in 13 shots. But Brind’Amour left no doubt in his post-game comments, saying that Raanta will start Game 7.

Raanta is 6-0 with an average of 0.97 goals against, 0.965 percentage defenses and a home draw in the playoffs. He made 27 saves to win Game 7 against the Bruins.

“Raanta has been great”, Hurricanes defender Tony De Angelo said. “We have a lot of confidence in him so I’m sure he will recover. [Monday] and be big.”

2. Confrontations are important

Jordan Staalthe ‘s line will be compared with Mika Zibanejad‘s line all game in what has been an effective showdown for Carolina in their home games during this series.

Staal, Jesper Fast and Nino Niederreiter detained Zibanejad, Chris Kreider and Frank Vatrano without an even strength point in three games at PNC Arena.

Zibanejad scored a power-play goal in Game 5, but that was one of his two shots on goal in the game. Kreider didn’t have a shot on goal. Nor Vatran.

Worse yet for the Rangers, their second line of Artemi Panarin, Ryan Strome and André Copp also failed to generate anything in the three away games. Panarin did not have a shot on goal in Game 5.

Kreider and Panarin also didn’t have a shot on goal in Game 2, a 2-0 away defeat.

“You have to put your best players on the ice as much as you can, everybody has to be a big part of it and no matter who you’re playing against, you have to play your best game,” the New York coach said. Gerard. said Gallant. “Rod (Brind’Amour) is a big fight guy with the Staal line and that’s obvious. I would be too if I had that kind of line. That’s what they do best. But let’s not worry about that. .”

3. Open or close

The Hurricanes’ three home games were more defensive blocking battles with little ice available, particularly in the neutral zone. There were nine goals out of 148 shots scored in Raleigh, against 16 goals out of 200 shots scored in New York.

The Rangers are better at a more open game like the three at Madison Square Garden. But they weren’t able to create that kind of style on the road. If it’s more open, Game 7 will favor New York. If he is more defensive, Carolina will have an advantage.

“We have to play like we play at home”, centered Rangers Filip Chytil said. “I don’t know what the difference is for us playing away. In the first series we found a way to win in Pittsburgh. It’s Game 7. We have to find a way to win and just play like we play at home.”

Rangers Projection

Chris Kreider – Mika Zibanejad – Frank Vatrano

Artemi Panarin – Ryan Strome – Andrew Copp

Alexis Lafreniere — Filip Chytil — Kaapo Kakko

Tyler MotteBarclay GoodrowRyan Reaves

Ryan LindgrenAdam Fox

K’Andre Miller — Jacob Trouba

Justin BraunBraden Schneider

Igor Shesterkin

Alexandre Georgiev

Scratched: Kevin Rooney, Patrick Nemeth, Libor Hajek, Greg McKegg, Julien Gauthier, Jonny Brodzinski, Dryden Hunt

Injured: Sammy Blais (knee)

Hurricane projection

Teuvo Teravainen — Sebastian Aho — Seth Jarvis

Andrei SvechnikovVincent TrocheckMartin Necas

Nino Niederreiter – Jordan Staal – Jesper Fast

Jordan MartinookJesperi KotkaniemiMax Dom

Jacob Slavin — Tony DeAngelo

Brady SkjeiBrett Pesce

Brendan SmithIan Cole

Anti Raanta

Piotr Kochetkov

Scratched: Ethan Bear, Derek Stepan, Steven Lorentz

Injured: Frederik Andersen (slow body)

status report

Lindgren and Goodrow did not participate in the Rangers’ optional morning skate on Monday, but they will. …Each team will wear the same formation they used in Game 6.

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