Game three between the Carolina Hurricanes and the New York Rangers will be played in a Sunday matinee at Madison Square Garden. For a showdown in the Big Apple, there are a couple of things that we know about this game tonight. With a win, the Hurricanes will push the Rangers to the brink of elimination. If the Canes are defeated, they will give the Rangers a way back into this series.
We’ve already seen some major news coming from the Carolina dressing room already as Frederik Andersen has gone with the team to New York. He’s not far away from returning which could be big for the Hurricanes as their Vezina caliber goaltender has not played since he was injured in a 7-4 defeat to the Colorado Avalanche over a month ago. He’s now on the brink of coming back.
For tonight, it is expected to be the same approach. If it worked in game one and shut the Rangers out in game two, the Hurricanes are not going to change what has been working. What we do know is that it is expected that the Hurricanes are going to rely on the goaltender that has been so successful for the team this postseason as we wait to see Antti Raanta lead the team out once again.
There have been only four goals in this series and only three on goaltenders. It’s been a series that the 1990’s devils would be proud of to this point. With goals being at a premium, Carolina cannot afford to be put in a position that would require them to chase the game and allow the Rangers to set up on the break. They need to keep at least on par with their opponents because chasing the game gives up everything the Canes are good at.