New York Rangers Preview
The 11th-seeded New York Rangers look to regain their footing on Monday afternoon in Game 2 of their best-of-five Eastern Conference qualifying series against the sixth-seeded Carolina Hurricanes in Toronto.
The Rangers stumbled out of the gate in a 3-2 setback on Saturday afternoon after outscoring the Hurricanes by a 17-9 margin en route to winning all four regular-season meetings. Mika Zibanejad, who collected seven points (four goals, three assists) in the season series, scored on Saturday to mark his seventh straight game with a goal and 13th in his last 14 outings.
New York needs more out of its power play, however, as it mustered just eight total shots on seven fruitless opportunities in Game 1.
Carolina Hurricanes Preview
Sebastian Aho aims to continue his postseason success on Monday afternoon when the sixth-seeded Carolina Hurricanes play Game 2 of their Eastern Conference qualifying series against the 11th-seeded New York Rangers in Toronto.
Aho, who joined defenseman Jaccob Slavin by scoring and setting up a goal in Carolina’s 3-2 win on Saturday, has recorded 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in 16 postseason games. Only Eric Staal (20), Kevin Dineen (16), Cory Stillman (16) and John Anderson (16) have scored more points in a 16-game span in franchise playoff history.
Martin Necas made the most of his first career postseason appearance by netting the game-winning goal in the third period.