Canes vs. Rangers: Game 1 Hub

It’s been four days since the Carolina Hurricanes took the ice for a playoff game. In the postseason, that’s an eternity, and it’s entirely possible that the Hurricanes could have a bit of rust to shake off tonight as they host the New York Rangers in the first game of their second round series.

However, the flip side of that is that there are always injuries to heal up in the playoffs, and having three days off gives those nagging knocks a chance to resolve themselves. As a result, the Hurricanes are as healthy as they can be entering tonight’s matchup.

Unsurprisingly, Rod Brind’Amour isn’t messing with a winning formula, and the squad that takes the ice tonight at PNC Arena will look very similar to the one that clinched a Game 7 win last weekend. That means no Jordan Martinook or Freddie Andersen, and this lineup (including a newly-announced Lady Byng finalist) skating out tonight:

Andrei Svechnikov – Sebastian Aho – Seth Jarvis
Max Domi – Vincent Trocheck – Teuvo Teravainen
Nino Niederreiter – Jordan Staal – Jesper Fast
Steven Lorentz – Jesperi Kotkaniemi – Martin Necas

Jaccob Slavin – Tony DeAngelo
Brady Skjei – Brett Pesce
Brendan Smith – Ian Cole

Antti Raanta
Pyotr Kochetkov

Injuries and Scratches: Frederik Andersen (lower body), Jordan Martinook (lower body), Ethan Bear (healthy), Derek Stepan (healthy)

Let’s get this out of the way first: there are going to be a lot…

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