The Carolina Hurricanes will take on the Rangers in a Qualifying Round
The qualifying round between the Carolina Hurricanes and the New York Rangers will be shown on Fox Sports Carolinas.
Get your popcorn or other game-time snacks ready folks! The Carolina Hurricanes will be on TV in less than three weeks! Once again Fox Sports Carolinas will carry the first playoff round, this time the qualifying round, against the New York Rangers. 99.9 The Fan will carry the radio simulcast of the games once again.
Starting August 1st at noon, the series, a best of five, will go on for about a week until August 8th, depending on how the first three games go. The first two games, played on the 1st and 3rd will be noon games with the third, a back to back with the second game to be the only game scheduled for late at night at 8pm.
After that the next two games, if needed, will be on a day on, day off basis. Expect these games to be played later as the competition dwindles and the importance of these games rises over the round-robin games.
Games 1, 2, and 5 have been designated as home games for the Carolina Hurricanes, so expect the team to come out donning the black third jerseys. They will wear their new white aways for the other two games.
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While John Forslund, who is no longer under contract with the Carolina Hurricanes, will be moonlighting as a national broadcaster, Mike Maniscalco will be covering down for John alongside Tripp tracey the while simulcast on both TV and radio. His previous history calling the second and third rounds of the playoffs on the radio last season will definitely come handy for him.
Abby Labar, the in-house host for the team will slide in to fill in Mike’s previous spot alongside the always fun and loving Shane Willis on the broadcast. That makes sense considering that there will be no audience in the arenas to host. These are all great opportunities for the crew of Fox Sports to get some more experience in new roles. Best of luck to them all.
It is yet to be determined if the broadcast will be available nationally to the Canes fanbase outside of the FSC range. If so, expect it to be on NBCSports with the high possibility of John Forslund on the call, which would make for an interesting conundrum for local fans.
It is also still relatively unknown if Fox Sports will carry the next round, granted the Hurricanes make it past the Rangers. Stay tuned for more info for those games here on Cardiac Cane. But the same does not apply to the exhibition game against the Washington Capitals in two weeks which will be carried by FSC. Fox Sports Go app will also have the game with qualifying log-in.
Pregame will be about 30 minutes before puck drop for each game. So get your watch party together (safely), set up your TV (making sure you have access to Fox Sports Carolinas), and get ready for the greatest show in sports; The Stanley Cup Playoffs!
Question For CC Readers: How excited are you that Hockey will be on TV?