As it turns out, the Carolina Hurricanes had no margin for error at all down the stretch. Wins for the Canes over the Philadelphia Flyers and for the Columbus Blue Jackets over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday, coupled with a Penguins overtime loss to the Rangers, meant that the Canes hung onto the first wild-card spot by a single point, matching them up with the Washington Capitals in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The schedule, released by the NHL this morning, is below:
- Game 1: at WSH, Thursday, April 11, 7:30 p.m., USA Network
- Game 2: at WSH, Saturday, April 13, 3:00 p.m., NBC
- Game 3: at CAR, Monday, April 15, 7:00 p.m., CNBC
- Game 4: at CAR, Thursday, April 18, 7:00 p.m.
- Game 5: at WSH, Saturday, April 20, time TBD (if necessary)
- Game 6: at CAR, Monday, April 22, time TBD (if necessary)
- Game 7: at WSH, Wednesday, April 24, time TBD (if necessary)
Most games will be televised on Fox Sports Carolinas, as well as on national TV as noted above with no blackout restrictions. Games that are broadcast on NBC over the air (Game 2 and, likely, Game 5) will be exclusive to NBC and will not be broadcast on Fox Sports Carolinas.
This will be the first time in history the Hurricanes and Capitals franchises have faced each other in the playoffs, despite being in the same division since 1998. We will have extensive coverage of the series beginning Monday, and we will have on-the-scene coverage of every game, both home and away, for as long as the Canes remain in the postseason.
(As an aside: do you know of, or work for, or own, a company that would want to sponsor our playoff coverage? We’d like to talk to you if so. Email us at sbncanescountry at gmail dot com.)
- Goalie issues? The Hurricanes? Psh.
Carolina did not make an in-game goaltending change all season for the first time in franchise history. They are one of two teams to accomplish the feat this season (TBL).— Hurricanes PR (@CanesPR) April 7, 2019
- This is from last week, but still relevant. It’s the Battle of the Jerks! [Russian Machine Never Breaks]
- Can you name all nine without looking? (Hint: Nino Niederreiter isn’t included even though he played 82 games this season, since they were split between the Canes and Wild)
The Hurricanes have had nine skaters appear in all 82 games this season, which is a franchise record. They are the 12th team in NHL history to have at least nine players play in every game of a full season.— Hurricanes PR (@CanesPR) April 6, 2019
- As if the Oilers didn’t have enough problems, Connor McDavid left the Saddledome in a wheelchair last night after a scary leg injury. [Edmonton Journal]
- This may have fallen through the cracks over the past few days, but Glen Sather is leaving his position as president of the Rangers, bumping upstairs to become a senior adviser to owner James Dolan. [Blueshirt Banter]
- Have yourself an NHL debut, Ryan Poehling. [Montreal Gazette]
- Craig Cunningham’s recovery from nearly dying on the ice and later having a leg amputated is nothing short of stunning. [USA Today]
- With the regular season now complete, it’s time for head coach silly season! [ESPN]