The Carolina Hurricanes are looking to take the lead in the series at home to the New York Rangers on Thursday, May 26.
The series is now 2-2 after Rangers dominated the Hurricanes 4-1 in Game 4 on Tuesday. The Hurricanes will be back home Thursday, which has proven successful for them so far. They’ve been perfectly at home in the playoffs and have lost every away game.
Game 4 of the series will take place at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina and will be broadcast on ESPN. Wireless fans who want to stream the game can watch it online via fuboTV or DirecTVStream. Both streaming services offer free trials. Fans looking to buy last-minute tickets for Thursday’s game or tickets to the series can check out StubHub, Vividseats and TicketNetwork.
How to watch Carolina Hurricanes vs New York Rangers (Game 5 | Eastern Conference Semifinals | NHL Playoffs 2022)
What time does the game start? What TV channels will it be on? – Thursday’s NHL playoff game begins at 7:00 p.m. EST at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina. Coverage will be televised via ESPN.
Live Stream Options – WatchESPN | DirecTVStream | fuboTV – If you have cable, you can use your TV provider’s credentials to watch via WatchESPN. If you don’t have cable, you can watch ESPN coverage on DirecTV and fuboTV, both of which offer a free trial.
Additional information from Associated Press:
The Carolina Hurricanes played perfectly at home in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. They had to be.
The Hurricanes are back in Raleigh for Thursday night’s Game 5 against the New York Rangers and are once again attempting to climb to the top of a playoff series with the support of a vociferous home crowd. That’s because they’ve lost every away game, the most recent next Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden, that allowed the Rangers to end even their second-round streak.
That only shrinks the margin of error as the streak continues, even with home field advantage.
“It’s a best-of-3 series now and we’ve been in that position before,” defenseman Brett Pesce said Wednesday. “We should have the confidence to pull it out.”
The split between the Hurricanes’ home and road results is dramatic.
The Hurricanes are the first NHL team since 2017 to win their first six home games after the season, and they have plus-13 goal difference to pull off the feat. They’re away at a low 0-5 and a minus-14 difference — an amazing feat for a division champion who tied with the Rangers and three other teams with an NHL-best 25 away wins during the regular season.
The Hurricanes didn’t stay out of the pits on the road, where they committed 28 penalties averaging 13:48 minutes served, compared to 24 penalties averaging 8:20 minutes at home.
Even more blatantly, Carolina’s power play has been struggling for the final few weeks of the regular season. Carolina is just 9-89 (10.1%) in their last 28 games from late March, including 5-45 (11.1%) in the postseason.
“We’ve hit two posts on our power play in the last two games,” said Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour. “We’re here, you just have to get in.”
While the Hurricanes are 0-9 in that series, New York has benefited by scoring a power-play goal in each of their home wins in Game 3 and Game 4. These play a big part in a defensively-focused series between the teams that have conceded the fewest regular-season goals in the NHL.
“Not only are the two at home, but the four games have been pretty much one-goal games for most of the time,” said Rangers coach Gerard Gallant after Tuesday’s win. “We are two teams that are close and fighting. I just think it was great hockey from both teams.”
The Hurricanes edged out Boston in Round 1 by holding serve and winning Game 7. They could advance in this series the same way and also have home field advantage against reigning two-time Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay in the Eastern Finals.
Any home stumble could be devastating if Carolina can’t solve its road problems.
“The games are all tight, they’re all tight,” Brind’Amour said. “A jump here, there. We just didn’t put them on the road. … It’s not a street game, next. So I’m not worried about the road right now.”