3 Keys: Rangers at Hurricanes, Match 5 of the East 2nd Round

(2M) Rangers in (1M) Hurricanes

Eastern Conference second round, game 5

Best-of-7 Series Draw 2-2

7 p.m. ET; ESPN, SNE, SNO, SNP, TVAS

The Carolina Hurricanes will try to stay in top shape at home in the Stanley Cup playoffs and go on to win one in the Eastern Conference Final when they play Game 5 of the second round against the New York Rangers at PNC Arena on Thursday.

The Hurricanes 6-0 at home in the playoffs, the longest post-season home win streak in Carolina/Hartford Wheelers history. They lead the National Hockey League in home wins and home goal teams (plus 15).

Carolina won games 1 and 2 over Rangers 2-1 and 2-0.

“I thought we did a good job in both games neutralizing the fans and we couldn’t find ways to win here,” Kevin Rooney She said. “I don’t think it matters [home] records. We’re looking to get off to a good start, to be good early on.”

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Rangers responded by winning every home game at Madison Square Garden 7-2, including 4-1 in Game 4 on Tuesday.

“I think we as a group didn’t play well in Game 4,” Hurricane Center Jordan Stahl She said. “Give them credit that they pushed, they were desperate, and we weren’t. We looked sloppy. Hopefully we’ll sharpen the knife again and be aware of where we are and what we’re trying to achieve here.”

The team that wins Game 5 when the best series of 7 matches is tied 2-2 is 223-60 (.788) wins the set, including 4-2 in the first round of the 2022 playoffs. When the home team wins the score is 141-34; The road team is 82-26.

Here are 3 keys to Game 5:

1. Hurricanes need power

Hurricanes 0 vs 9 in the series’ strength game and 1 vs 18 back to Game 6 of the first round against the Boston Bruins. Even worse, it doesn’t help them generate any momentum in a 5 on 5 play. In fact, Rangers got that from a death sentence.

Carolina made some character changes before the fourth game, including a move Nino Niedretter to the upper unit to be a presence in the pure front and Tiofu Terrafenen To the second unit, but nothing has worked so far.

“Obviously we have to score,” coach Rod Brindmore said.

Another problem for the Hurricanes is that the Rangers have scored in their power in each of the previous two games and generated momentum from other opportunities to man advantage. Either they need the playing power to connect in game 5 or at least prevent the power rangers from scoring.

“If one of them doesn’t go, you hope the other is,” Brentmore said.

2. Igor, again

Igor Shesterkin He was the Rangers’ best player in Game 3 and arguably the best in Game 4. When a goalkeeper is their best player, Rangers usually find a way to win.

Shesterkin saved 43 saves in the third game, winning 3-1. He saved 30 balls in Match 4 to win 4-1. He’s 5-2 with a 1.98 goal-to-average rate and .939 save percentage since he was pulled in games 3 and 4 against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round. He lost games 1 and 2 here, when he allowed three goals from 47 shots.

Rangers coach Gerard Gallant said he believes Chesterkin’s upset in back-to-back matches has forced him to reset his mindset and have some tough conversations with goalkeeper coach Benoit Allier, and it has made a difference in his playing style since then.

“The first time through the qualifiers and the young goalkeeper and the way that crowd [in Pittsburgh] “He was snarling and cheering against him,” Gallant said. You know. You get better than that. Benny talks to him a few times; you have to focus on the play. Don’t worry about what the audience is doing or the bad target. You have to get a bad one. He played great. He’s a great guy, He’s a big part of our group and I think he’s ready for that now.”

3. Zibanejad vs. stal

The must-watch match in Match 5 will be between Hurricanes center Jordan Stahl and Rangers center Mika Zibanegad.

The Hurricanes managed to get that match in games 1 and 2 as the home team with the last change. Stahl, with line buddies Jesper Fast And Niederretter defeated Zibanegad, Chris Crieder And Frank Vatrano.

Zibani Nejad, Kreider and Vatrano didn’t get any points. Staal won 19 of the 29 encounters against Zibanijad, including eight of the 13 in the defense zone.

But the Rangers managed to free Zibanegad away from Stahl in games 3 and 4, when they had the last change, and he had three points (two goals, one pass) and won 12 matches against Stahl, and six in the defensive area. .

Staal will be at Zibanejad again in Game 5, and Zibanejad knows he will have to find a way to be more of a factor than he was in games 1 and 2.

“It’s a fun challenge,” Zibanjad said.

Expected Rangers lineup

Chris Kreider – Mika Zibanjad – Frank Vatrano

Artemi BanarinRyan StromAndrew Cope

Alexis LavrinierPhilip ShettleTyler Mutt

kabo kaku – Kevin Rooney – Ryan Reeves

Ryan LindgrenAdam Fox

Kandrey MillerJacob Troup

Justin BrownBraden Schneider

Igor Shesterkin

Alexander Georgiev

scratched: Patrick NemethAnd Haji LiborAnd Greg McCaigAnd Julien GautierAnd Johnny BrodzinskiAnd Dryden Hunt

The injured: Barclay Godro (lower body), Sami Place (knee)

Expected hurricane lineup

Tiofu Terrafenen – Sebastian AhoSeth Jarvis

Andrei SvechnikovVincent TrochekMartin Nikas

Nino Niederretter – Jordan Stahl – Jesper Fast

Jordan MartinockJesperi KotkaniemiMax Domy

Jacob SlavinTony D’Angelo

Brady SkjiBritt Pesci

Brendan SmithIan Col

You are Ranta

Peter Kochetkov

scratched: Ethan BurrAnd Derek StepanAnd Stephen Lorentz

The injured: Frederic Andersen (lower body)

case report

The Rangers held optional skating with Schneider, Brown and Rooney. … Martinook will likely return to the squad for the first time since sustaining a lower body injury in Game 3 of the first round of the Eastern Conference against the Boston Bruins. Lorentz is likely to come out.

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