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Steady Eddie
Posted 2020-08-01 5:55 AM (#733750)
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No. 11 Rangers vs. No. 6 Hurricanes

Noon ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV, SN, TVAS, FS-CR, MSG

 

3 Keys: Rangers vs. Hurricanes, Game 1 of Cup Qualifiers

Starting goalies unknown; defenseman Hamilton out for Carolina


 

The New York Rangers and Carolina Hurricanes will begin their best-of-5 Stanley Cup Qualifier series at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on Saturday.

The Rangers went 4-0-0 against the Hurricanes in the regular season, winning all four games in regulation by a combined 17-9.

Carolina defenseman Dougie Hamilton will not play, but coach Rod Brind'Amour said Friday he is hopeful he will return in the series.

There hasn't been a best-of-5 series in the NHL since 1986. The League used them for the preliminary round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs from 1980-86, and the team that won Game 1 went on to win the series 87.5 percent of the time (49 of 56).

Here are 3 keys to Game 1:

 

1. Who's in net?

It remains unknown who will be the starting goalies. Brind'Amour and Rangers coach David Quinn each declined to make an announcement Friday.

Rookie Igor Shesterkin is considered the favorite for the Rangers and started their exhibition game against the New York Islanders on Wednesday, making six saves on seven shots in 29:10. Henrik Lundqvist and Alexandar Georgiev are the other options.

Petr Mrazek was considered the favorite for Carolina going into its exhibition game against the Washington Capitals on Wednesday but allowed three goals on 16 shots in 32:25. James Reimer made the save on all nine shots he faced in relief, perhaps pushing himself into a starting role in Game 1.

 

2. Creating emotion

The Rangers and Hurricanes will be the first teams to play a game in the Qualifiers without fans in the arena.

Each got a taste of what that was like in their exhibition game, but with the added meaning of the qualifier series, they'll have to generate their own emotion without the typical roar of the crowd to fuel them.

"It's the first thing you notice when you skate out, that energy and the buzz, kids asking for pucks and signs and all that fun stuff, it wasn't there," New York defenseman Marc Staal said. "Definitely a bit adjustment for everyone out there. Once you're in your shift on the ice, your focus goes solely into what you're doing, but you still notice that it's quiet. It'll be something that as you go forward, it'll get more comfortable and you'll get more used to because that's the new normal right now."

 

3. Forecheck vs. transition

The Hurricanes are one of the best and most aggressive forechecking teams in the NHL. They create havoc getting the puck in below the goal line and sending two forecheckers in to aggressively chase it down. It's how they create turnovers that lead to scoring chances.

The New York defensemen must be ready to turn and go get the puck, strong when they do, and quick with their decisions in order to limit the effectiveness of Carolina's forecheck.

If they can, the Rangers will be able to play to their strength, which is their transition game and generating chances off the rush.

 

Rangers projected lineup

Chris Kreider -- Mika Zibanejad -- Pavel Buchnevich

Artemi Panarin -- Ryan Strome -- Jesper Fast

Phillip Di Giuseppe -- Filip Chytil -- Kaapo Kakko

Brett Howden -- Greg McKegg -- Julien Gauthier

Brendan Smith -- Jacob Trouba

Ryan Lindgren -- Adam Fox

Marc Staal -- Tony DeAngelo

Igor Shesterkin

Henrik Lundqvist

Scratched: Alexandar Georgiev, Steven FogartyTim GettingerVitali KravtsovVinni LettieriDanny O'ReganBrandon CrawleyLibor HajekDarren Raddysh

Unfit to play: None

Suspended: Brendan Lemieux

 

Hurricanes projected lineup

Andrei Svechnikov -- Sebastian Aho -- Teuvo Teravainen

Nino Niederreiter -- Vincent Trocheck -- Martin Necas

Warren Foegele -- Jordan Staal -- Justin Williams

Brock McGinn -- Morgan Geekie -- Jordan Martinook

Jaccob Slavin -- Sami Vatanen

Brady Skjei -- Joel Edmundson

Jake Gardiner -- Haydn Fleury

Petr Mrazek

James Reimer

Scratched: Ryan DzingelTrevor van RiemsdykClark Bishop, Steven Loretnz, Max McCormickJake BeanRoland McKeownAnton ForsbergAlex Nedeljkovic

Unfit to play: Dougie Hamilton, Brett PesceMartin Necas

 

Status report

DeAngelo will be a game-time decision after he didn't practice Friday, Quinn said. Hajek likely would replace him. … Lemieux, a forward, will serve the first of a two-game suspension for interference against Colorado Avalanche forward Joonas Donskoi on March 11. … Hamilton, who left the ice in discomfort during power-play drills July 22 and has not practiced since, skated on his own Friday. ... Brind'Amour is hopeful Necas will be able to play. The forward practiced Friday for the first time since the Hurricanes arrived in Toronto, the Eastern Conference hub city.


 

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Fish
Posted 2020-08-01 7:11 AM (#733751 - in reply to #733750)
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Posted 2020-08-01 8:01 AM (#733753 - in reply to #733750)
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Posted 2020-08-01 8:22 AM (#733754 - in reply to #733750)
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The choice in goal will be interesting. Henrek had a excellent camp. So did Shestorokin. Henrek is the easiest choice for Quinn. If Shestorokin starts and stubs his toe the monday morning QB's will be out in force. I would not be at all surprised to see Lundqvist start.
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Posted 2020-08-01 8:36 AM (#733755 - in reply to #733750)
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I would give Shesty the start. IMO he is equal to Lundqvist between the pipes, but his ability to handle and move the puck sets him apart.

Regardless, LETS GO RANGERS!

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Posted 2020-08-01 9:43 AM (#733756 - in reply to #733755)
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Steady Eddie - 2020-08-01 7:36 AM

I would give Shesty the start. IMO he is equal to Lundqvist between the pipes, but his ability to handle and move the puck sets him apart.

Regardless, LETS GO RANGERS!






I would to.
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Posted 2020-08-01 9:49 AM (#733757 - in reply to #733750)
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Just read on Twitter Shestorokin unfit to play, unrelated to corona virus but it’s Lundqvist in and Georgiev backing up.
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Posted 2020-08-01 9:56 AM (#733758 - in reply to #733750)
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Posted 2020-08-01 10:09 AM (#733759 - in reply to #733750)
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Posted 2020-08-01 10:10 AM (#733760 - in reply to #733750)
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short side over the shoulder of hank
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Posted 2020-08-01 10:10 AM (#733761 - in reply to #733750)
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Typical
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Posted 2020-08-01 10:10 AM (#733762 - in reply to #733750)
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Inauspicious start...1-0 Carolina, Slavin beats Lundqvist on the short side off the shoulder
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Posted 2020-08-01 10:11 AM (#733763 - in reply to #733750)
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Howden called for holding the stick
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Posted 2020-08-01 10:11 AM (#733764 - in reply to #733750)
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another weak call against the Rangers
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Posted 2020-08-01 10:11 AM (#733765 - in reply to #733750)
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Fast sleeping, that was on him to stop Slavin from getting that pass.
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Posted 2020-08-01 10:12 AM (#733766 - in reply to #733750)
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Skjei never hit like that as a Ranger
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Posted 2020-08-01 10:12 AM (#733767 - in reply to #733750)
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Interference and Strome drops the glove!!!
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Posted 2020-08-01 10:13 AM (#733768 - in reply to #733750)
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Rangers draw a PP, think it Strome that got held back on the short handed chance, and then he and Justin Williams drop the gloves....a bit odd
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Posted 2020-08-01 10:13 AM (#733769 - in reply to #733765)
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Rranger - 2020-08-01 12:11 PM

Fast sleeping, that was on him to stop Slavin from getting that pass.


He is concussed again
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Posted 2020-08-01 10:13 AM (#733770 - in reply to #733750)
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Strome doing a nice job with Williams.
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Posted 2020-08-01 10:14 AM (#733771 - in reply to #733750)
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Fast has gone to the lockerroom
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Posted 2020-08-01 10:14 AM (#733772 - in reply to #733750)
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Williams showing a problem with the right side of his face
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Posted 2020-08-01 10:18 AM (#733773 - in reply to #733750)
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Matching penalties to Buchnevich and Edmundson....not much flow to this game
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Posted 2020-08-01 10:19 AM (#733774 - in reply to #733750)
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Chytl with the mature dump in at the end of a shift
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Posted 2020-08-01 10:20 AM (#733775 - in reply to #733750)
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Rangers look a step behind early IMO
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Posted 2020-08-01 10:21 AM (#733776 - in reply to #733775)
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Fish - 2020-08-01 12:20 PM

Rangers look a step behind early IMO


Keystone Kops in their own end

Edited by x10003q 2020-08-01 10:22 AM
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Posted 2020-08-01 10:21 AM (#733777 - in reply to #733750)
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There's a shot finally, bad angle tho
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Posted 2020-08-01 10:22 AM (#733778 - in reply to #733775)
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Fish - 2020-08-01 10:20 AM

Rangers look a step behind early IMO



Agreed
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Posted 2020-08-01 10:23 AM (#733779 - in reply to #733775)
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Fish - 2020-08-01 9:20 AM

Rangers look a step behind early IMO





They are a step behind. Lundqvist I think a little rattled after the first one. The Rangers and Lundqvist both need to get on their toes.
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Posted 2020-08-01 10:26 AM (#733780 - in reply to #733750)
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PP Rangers on a weak call
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Posted 2020-08-01 10:27 AM (#733781 - in reply to #733750)
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Awful call
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Posted 2020-08-01 10:27 AM (#733782 - in reply to #733750)
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Carolina has way too much room
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Posted 2020-08-01 10:29 AM (#733783 - in reply to #733750)
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PP is just awful
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Posted 2020-08-01 10:30 AM (#733784 - in reply to #733750)
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Rangers wilting under the pressure
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Posted 2020-08-01 10:32 AM (#733785 - in reply to #733750)
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Watching McKegg trying to be a hockey player makes my eyes bleed.

Rangers are a young team. And they got rattled very early on.
They need to get out of this period just one goal behind and regroup for the second period.

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