The Carolina Hurricanes will wear their black Jerseys in the Playoffs
The Carolina Hurricanes are preparing for the weirdest playoff run in league history. They are going to leave their red jerseys at home however.
When the Carolina Hurricanes finally return to playing hockey they will be taking the oath of the Night’s Watch and don the black. At least when they are designated the home team. Its not hard to see why either, the new black third jerseys already have a winning history with the team, even just being two years old.
They wore them during the playoffs last seasons at home going 5-2 only losing the last two games against Boston in the Eastern Conference Finals. So going into a critical five game play-in series against the New York Rangers, they hope that the luck of the Jersey rubs off and they quickly skate past them and into the real first round of the playoffs.
But before you get giddy and plan the parade in Raleigh consider that that the Carolina Hurricanes haven’t had regular season success with the third jerseys.
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While still a winning record of 7-5-1 when wearing the black, there are still 11 points that have been left on the board. 11 points that would have given them full control of the division and a ticket to the round-robin for seeding instead of an extra elimination series against a team they have only beat six times since 2012.
Good news is that the Hurricanes are a completely different beast in the playoff black thirds and will be at full power to include a defensive line bursting at the seams. If the belief in the luck of the third jerseys is enough to drive them over the edge and send them tearing into the playoffs and on to the hardest Stanley Cup to ever be won, then so be it.
Remember that they will only be wearing these jerseys for games in which they are designated as the home team and will wear their new away jerseys for their “away” games. But if you ask me, the Hurricanes have earned the right to wear their black thirds for every game against the Rangers as the actual wildcard team against a pity pandemic team.
In the end, its not really about the jersey, but the players who are wearing them. This team has the roster and the depth for an extremely deep playoff run. Underdogs or not, never count them out, especially when they are dressed in black.