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Carolina Hurricanes vs. New York Islanders: Game 1 Preview and Storm Advisory

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The Hurricanes come off of an electrifying series win against the Capitals to take on the New York Islanders in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

Jamie Kellner

The Hurricanes are back.

They come off of a memorable Game 7 double overtime win against the reigning Stanley Cup Champions to take on the well-rested Islanders in enemy territory. They’re already behind the eight ball in this series with very short rest and injuries to a few key forwards, but if any team knows how to play from behind, it’s this one.

Vital Statistics

Category Hurricanes Bruins
Category Hurricanes Bruins
Record 8-6 11-5
Goals/Game 2.79 3.31
Goals Against/Game 2.71 2.06
Shots/Game 30.9 34.3
Faceoff % 49.1% 53.3%
Power Play % (Rank) 10.0% (14) 31.9% (1)
Penalty Kill % (Rank) 70.8% (14) 85.7% (4)
ES Corsi For % 55.61% 51.66%
ES PDO 101.2% 101.0
PIM/Game 8:38 6:30

Goaltender #1

Category Petr Mrazek Tuukka Rask
Category Petr Mrazek Tuukka Rask
Record 5-5 11-5
Save % .894 .939
GAA 2.73 1.96

Goaltender #2

Category Curtis McElhinney Jaroslav Halak
Category Curtis McElhinney Jaroslav Halak
Record 3-1 0-0
Save % .943 N/A
GAA 1.70 N/A

Game Notes

  • The Canes’ 4-3 double overtime win in Game 7 was the third-longest game and longest Game 7 in franchise history. It was the first time the franchise has won a double overtime game — they were 0-4 previously.
  • The Canes and Islanders have been in the NHL together since 1979, but this is the first time they’ve ever met in the postseason - in any round.
  • The Canes come off of just 48 hours rest between the first and second round. This is the shortest rest between playoff series in franchise playoff history.
  • Jaccob Slavin recorded three assists in Game 7, setting a franchise record and tying an NHL record for points by a defenseman in Game 7. He’s the first defenseman to post three points in a Game 7 since Nicklas Lidstrom in 2010. Pretty decent company.
  • Slavin recorded nine assists in Carolina’s First Round series vs. Washington, establishing a franchise record for assists in one playoff series. One more point would make him the franchise leader in assists in one postseason by a defenseman.
  • Beginning with the second round, TV broadcasts are exclusive to national rightsholders. That means no more Fox Sports Carolinas (except for the postgame show), but John Forslund will be on the mic for NBCSN with Eddie Olczyk and Brian Boucher. Mike Maniscalco and Tripp Tracy will handle the radio duties. Here are more details on the postgame coverage from FSC.

Storm Advisory

  • Mr. Game 7! (And help us go cover road playoff games at the same time!)
  • Round 2 series keys, through the eyes of our frenemies over at Lighthouse Hockey. [Lighthouse Hockey]
  • This is incredible.
  • It’s been a long time coming for this team. [N&O]
  • Come on and raise up. [SportsChannel8]
  • ICYMI — this is incredible.
  • As if Jaccob Slavin wasn’t busy enough these days, he is also learning a brand new role: adoptive father to a newborn.
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It’s been a crazy past two weeks but here are my wife’s words! (she says it perfectly) #AGTG -Hey everyone..we have a DAUGHTER! -Man oh man. Adoption is, by far, the most amazing, difficult, beautiful, exhausting, emotional, exciting, incredible journey that we have ever embarked on. But it all led us to THIS. It all led us to HER. God’s plans were SO MUCH BETTER than anything that we could have dreamt of. -There really aren’t words to describe the feelings that are felt when the absolute strongest woman that you have ever met chooses to trust you to raise her child. E’s birthmom is easily the bravest person we know. She chose life for this precious baby girl. She selflessly chose to carry E for 9 months, knowing that she would not be the one to take her home. I’m crying as I type this because my feelings and connection with her run just as deep as they do with our daughter. She is our hero and she is our family. -And oh, baby E. This girl. This beautiful, perfect, snuggly baby girl. Being chosen to be her parents is an honor that we will never grow numb to. She is the absolute best thing in our world. Our bond with her was instantaneous. She is the greatest gift of our lives. WE are the lucky ones in this story. -And finally, God. Our loving Father. My goodness, how much I feel His love for me as I love on her. To know that He adopted me into His family is something that hits me so much harder than it did 2 weeks ago. He sought after me and took me as His own child. He gives me (and all of the other saints) the same inheritance as His own Son. We were brought into His family by no doings of our own, but by His love and mercy. And that, too, is something that pray will never grow old to us. ✝️ -We ask that everyone be respectful to the privacy of E and her birthmother, as we cannot and will not disclose their stories to the world... because they are THEIR stories. We also cannot post pictures of E’s face or her name until the finalization of the adoption, which could be many months. (Which sucks because the world deserves to see this precious face!!! ) Please keep us all in your prayers as we go through this journey and transition!

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About Last Night

  • The Boston Bruins carried their momentum into the game last night as they downed the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 in overtime. The game was very back-and-forth, but it was ultimately defined by the Boston-born Charlie Coyle. He committed a turnover that would end up in the back of the Boston net for the first goal of the night, but went on to redeem himself in overtime, scoring the final two Bruins goals to hand Columbus their first loss of the postseason.
  • The incredible story that is the St. Louis Blues rolls on. Vladimir Tarasenko scored twice, and Jordan Binnington made 27 saves as the Blues topped the Stars 3-2. Jamie Benn pulled the Stars to within one on a power play with 2:17 to go, but despite pulling Ben Bishop for the extra attacker late that was as close as the Stars would get.