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Central Division Finals Carolina Hurricanes vs Tampa Bay Lightning

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Series Discussion!

In round two we have two teams that are equally matched up in skill (granted TB did circumvent the cap).

What I would like to stress here is PP and PK, They will decide this series, along with if Nedalkovic can stand tall like he has been.




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49 minutes ago, Harbingers said:

I mean realistically we only allowed what, one ppg on 24 attempts? Cause two were 5v3?

TB is 8/20 PP & 6 on 22 Penalty Kills.

I definitely wouldn't count the 5 on 3's, even if you do we still killed 88% of the penalties. 


Tampa is good but I promise you they won't be at 42% on the PP vs us, we played them pre Stamkos injury and held them to 10%.  It should also be noted Florida was horrible on both the PP & PK all season.

It should be closer closer to Canes style hockey against Tampa they won't be afraid to try and run and gun with us and it will be their undoing, they can't handle Aho/Necas speed.

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For the season, Ned finished 2-1-0 with a shutout and 4 goals allowed in 3 games posting a .962 save percentage against the Dolts. 

I'm not fretting about those gashuffing swamp rats just yet.

I say we take em in 6.

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4 hours ago, Harbingers said:

Kinda sucks we don't have a full day off but i like that we are practicing. Tampa is a whole different beast.

Would have loved a full day off.

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NHL.com breakdown of the series.


"No. 1 Carolina Hurricanes vs. No. 3 Tampa Bay Lightning

Hurricanes: 4-2 to win Stanley Cup First Round against No. 4 Nashville Predators; 36-12-8, 80 points in regular season

Lightning: 4-2 to win Stanley Cup First Round against No. 2 Florida Panthers; 36-17-3, 75 points in regular season

Season series: CAR 4-3-1; TBL 4-3-1

Game 1: Sunday (5 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVAS)

The Hurricanes and Lightning will play in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time.

Tampa Bay, which won the Stanley Cup last season, defeated the No. 2 Panthers in the NHL's first All-Florida playoff series in the first round, winning 4-0 at home in Game 6 on Wednesday to complete its fifth consecutive playoff series win, all in six games or fewer.

Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov led all skaters in the series with 11 points (three goals, eight assists) after missing the entire regular season recovering from hip surgery Dec. 29.

"I'm not impressed anymore, it's just how good he is," Lightning forward Pat Maroon said of Kucherov. "It's unbelievable. He works so hard at his craft and what he does. The way he works, his work ethic when he was trying to come back, working on his game and the little things he does, I'm not shocked or surprised by his performance in this series."

Carolina advanced with back-to-back come-from-behind overtime wins against the Predators, 3-2 in Game 5 and 4-3 in Game 6.

Each time they were down going into the third period before scoring to force overtime. Forward Jordan Staal scored the winner in Game 5 and forward Sebastian Aho scored the series-clinching goal in Game 6.

The Hurricanes have won four of six playoff series since 2019. They defeated the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals in the first round in 2019, when they reached the Eastern Conference Final.

"You knew if we got through this [first round] series, whether it was Florida or Tampa, for me, it was going to be the next best team in the League," Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour said. "Either one, pick 'em. Stanley Cup champs, or I thought Florida played great all year. We're getting the Stanley Cup champs. We know what we're up against. We're going to have to be as good as we can to have a chance against these guys, especially now that they've got their full group back. It's a great challenge for us. We'll give it all we've got."

The Hurricanes won two of the last three regular-season games against the Lightning (2-0-1), who won three in a row against Carolina from Feb. 22-25."

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We need to set the tone early. Start out 2-0(in the series) and I will be able to breath easier. Make no mistake, this is a far tougher opponent than Nashville was, so we legitimately have to step our game up a level accordingly. 

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