rangers game vs carolina
Carolina Hurricanesí Brendan Smith (7) checks New York Rangersí Kevin Rooney (17) during the second period on Thursday, May 26, 2022 during game five of the Stanley Cup second round at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C.

The Rangers are in Carolina to close out the home and home with the Hurricanes, looking to even up this two game run. The Canes were effective at slowing down and shutting down the Rangers at MSG, and the question now is whether or not Gerard Gallant will adjust. The powerplay has new units, so that’s one adjustment. Let’s see if breakouts and zone exits change as well.

Tonight will have a playoff atmosphere, as the Hurricanes can clinch a playoff spot tonight with a win of any kind. It’s a foregone conclusion that they –and the Rangers– will make the playoffs, it’s just a matter of when they clinch. Ideally the Rangers play spoiler for a day, and I’m sure they’d like to send a message that they won’t just roll over after one loss.

Canes Lines

Seth Jarvis-Sebastian Aho-Martin Necas
Jordan Martinook-Jesperi Kotkaniemi-Teuvo Teravainen
Stefan Noesen-Jordan Staal-Jesper Fast
Jack Drury-Derek Stepan-Jesse Puljujarvi

Jaccob Slavin-Brent Burns
Brady SkjeiBrett Pesce
Shayne Gostisbehere-Jalen Chatfield

Frederik Andersen gets the start.

Rangers Lines

Chris Kreider-Vincent Trocheck-Patrick Kane
Artemi Panarin-Mika Zibanejad-Vladimir Tarasenko
Alexis Lafreniere-Filip Chytil-Kaapo Kakko
Tyler Motte-Barclay Goodrow-Jimmy Vesey

Ryan Lindgren-Adam Fox
K’Andre Miller-Jacob Trouba
Niko Mikkola-Braden Schneider

Igor Shesterkin gets the start.

Crazy Prediction: Carolina doesn’t clinch tonight

Game time is 7pm.