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Carolina Hurricanes vs. New York Rangers game one: Preview and Game Hub

The day is finally here! At noon today, the Carolina Hurricanes and New York Rangers will be the first teams to officially restart play on the 2019-20 NHL season, as they face off in game one of their Stanley Cup Qualifier series.

Carolina Hurricanes v Washington Capitals Photo by Andre Ringuette/Freestyle Photo/Getty Images

Hockey is finally back. After nearly five months of time off due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Hurricanes are ushering in the NHL restart with the first matchup of a five game series against the New York Rangers.

Vital Statistics

Category Hurricanes Blue Jackets
Category Hurricanes Blue Jackets
Record 21-7-3 13-13-7
Goals/Game 3.23 2.54
Goals Against/Game 2.48 3.12
Shots/Game 31.52 28.70
Face Off Win % 54.4% 46.2%
Power Play % (Rank) 30.6% (1st) 14.8% (26th)
Penalty Kill % (Rank) 82.9% (9th) 74.0% (26th)
ES Corsi For % 53.04% 46.16%
ES PDO 100.96 99.42
PIM/Game 07:21 06:43

Goaltender #1

Category James Reimer Joonas Korpisalo
Category James Reimer Joonas Korpisalo
Record 12-4-1 8-10-5
Save % 0.909 .900
GAA 2.68 2.98

Goaltender #2

Category Alex Nedeljkovic Elvis Merzlikins
Category Alex Nedeljkovic Elvis Merzlikins
Record 7-2-2 5-3-2
Save % .930 .912
GAA 1.96 2.91

Game Notes

  • This game will be played 144 days after the Canes’ last game that counted, a 5-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings on March 10.
  • The Canes will be starting out in this series without a few franchise centerpieces in Dougie Hamilton and Brett Pesce. Hamilton has been skating in Toronto, and hasn’t been ruled out for the entirety of the series. Pesce didn’t travel to the bubble, but has been reserved a spot on the roster. We likely wouldn’t see him until late September.
  • The Hurricanes and Rangers are facing off for their first ever playoff matchup.
  • The Rangers swept the 2019-20 season series against the Hurricanes with a 4-0 record. The Canes have a disappointing 56-76-7-9 record against the Rangers in franchise history.
  • The Rangers have quite a few familiar faces — their roster includes former Hurricanes Phil Di Guiseppe, Greg McKegg, Julien Gauthier, and former Canes prospect Adam Fox.
  • The Hurricanes finished the 2019-20 season eighth in the NHL in power-play percentage (22.3%) and fourth in penalty kill (84.0%). The Canes are one of three teams in the NHL this season to be top 10 in both special teams categories.

Lines and Rosters

Rod Brind’Amour wouldn’t name a starting goalie for today, but we have a good idea of what the remainder of the roster will look like. Martin Necas tweaked something last week, but participated in a full practice yesterday and may draw in this afternoon. Here’s how the Canes lined up in Wednesday’s exhibition game, subject to change if Necas can go.

Carolina Hurricanes

Andrei Svechnikov - Sebastian Aho - Teuvo Teravainen

Nino Niederreiter - Vincent Trochek - Warren Foegele

Ryan Dzingel - Jordan Staal - Justin Williams

Brock McGinn - Morgan Geekie - Jordan Martinook

Jaccob Slavin - Sami Vatanen

Brady Skjei - Joel Edmundso

Jake Gardiner - Trevor van Riemsdyk

Haydn Fleury

Petr Mrazek

James Reimer

New York Rangers

The Rangers come into today’s game looking to build on what was a very positive rebuilding season. They have great goaltending, and one of the best forwards in the NHL in Artemi Panarin. Coupled with a recent history of dominance against Carolina, the Rangers are a very dangerous first round matchup. Here’s how you can expect them to look today.

Chris Kreider - Mika Zibanejad - Pavel Buchnevich

Artemi Panarin - Ryan Strome - Jesper Fast

Phil Di Guiseppe - Filip Chytil - Kaapo Kakko

Brett Howden - Greg McKegg - Julien Gauthier

Brendan Smith - Jacob Trouba

Ryan Lindgren - Adam Fox

Marc Staal - Anthony DeAngelo

Alexandar Georgiev

Henrik Lundqvist