Hurricanes vs Capitals: At long last, Raleigh gets to remind the entire hockey world how big of a hockey market it really is, and they will do so as the Carolina Hurricanes lay it all out on the line in a must-win game three of this opening round series against the Washington Capitals.
Event: NHL Hockey
Team: Hurricanes vs Capitals
Date: Monday, April 15, 2019
Game Time: 05:00 p.m. ET
The Tampa Bay Lightning, the best team in the NHL during the regular season, have fallen behind 3-0 to their first-round opponent, the Columbus Blue Jackets. The surprisingly good St. Louis Blues have a 2-1 lead on the Winnipeg Jets. Even though the Pittsburgh Penguins are the lower seed in their series, many are stunned that they’ve fallen behind the New York Islanders three games to none.
Amidst the chaos, the Capitals took care of business at home in the first two games of their first-round series, giving them an edge to potentially go on another Stanley Cup run.
With Game 3 fast approaching, here’s what you need to know before the Capitals’ first road game of the playoffs.
The District is ready to rock the red again for another Washington Capitals playoff run, their first chance to defend the title after winning the first Stanley Cup in franchise history a year ago.
The postseason starts Thursday for the Capitals as they kick off their first-round series. Here’s everything you need to know before the puck drops.
If you feel compelled, you can chalk those slow starts in Capital One Arena up to nerves, especially in game two. The Capitals started on time and hit the ice ready to play a physical game and impose their will on the Hurricanes, who looked timid and overwhelmed. Now, back on home ice for games three and four, the Canes know what to expect – and they have the home crowd behind them.
If Carolina can conquer their first-period demons, they’ve shown that they can play a strong, heavy game to the end. They have to get to their game quickly, though. The Caps have shown that they’re more than capable of jumping all over them.