Canes gear up for second round of playoffs
The Carolina Hurricanes are now eight wins away from appearing in the Stanley Cup Finals.
- The Canes open their second-round playoff series against the New York Rangers Wednesday at PNC Arena. They'll also be at home Friday, before going to New York for two games in the best-of-7 series.
Why it matters: The Triangle is buzzing about hockey again.
- The last time Carolina played in the Stanley Cup Finals was 2006. They won the championship that year.
- They've made the playoffs the past three years, but only advanced past the second round once in that time.
State of play: Carolina won three of its four games against New York in the regular season.
Storylines to watch: The Canes failed to win a road game in their opening series against Boston, but fortunately they have home ice advantage in the second round, too.
- Carolina went 25-12-4 away from PNC Arena this year. But the Rangers are 27-10-4 at Madison Square Garden.
- The Hurricanes are 29-8-4 at home while the Rangers are 25-14-2 on the road.
The bottom line: This could be another series that goes the distance.
What's next: Game one is on ESPN Wednesday night at 7. Tickets were reselling for anywhere from $85 to more than $1,000 on Ticketmaster this week.
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