The Carolina Hurricanes take on the New York Rangers in the play-in round.
There are few more crucial matchups than the first round of the NHL Stanley Cup playoff series, despite this year’s format being different than any season prior. Here’s why the Carolina Hurricanes will sweep the New York Rangers in the first round of the series.
While I believe that the NHL should cancel the rest of the season, it is hard to be upset about playoff hockey. While nothing is finalized just yet, the playoff format for the 2019 season is starting to take shape. The first round best of five series would see the Carolina Hurricanes facing the New York Rangers.
I believe the Hurricanes truly show up for their playoff matchups. Every Canes fan can wax poetic about how their team beat the odds when they beat the Capitals in the first round of the 2018 playoffs. Even though the Capitals swept the Canes in their regular-season matchups, where it counted the Canes moved on.
This year’s playoffs will be unlike any other because every team will have a limited amount of time to prepare and shake off any rust that has accumulated since the season was paused. This will eliminate any regular season advantages, whether good or bad. The Canes will be in prime position to complete a sweep of the New York Rangers in the first round of the playoffs.
To begin, let’s look at why the Canes need to learn from their regular season mistakes.