Carolina Can Go Up 2-0 In Their Second Round Series Tonight – Game 2 Preview


By NHL Public Relations

May 5, 2023

The sole Game 2 on Friday will feature the Hurricanes and Devils on TNT, Sportsnet and TVA Sports. Carolina will look to defend home ice once more and take a 2-0 series lead for the second time this postseason, while New Jersey will look to avoid a 2-0 deficit for the second straight series.

* In a postseason in which the road team has had the edge in play so far with a 34-22 record, Carolina (3-1) will look to become the first team to win four home games during the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Hurricanes/Whalers are 8-1 all-time in Game 2 following a Game 1 win on home ice – their .888 winning percentage in those scenarios trails only the Islanders (10-1, .909 W%) for the best mark in Stanley Cup Playoffs history.

* The Hurricanes have an opportunity to go up 2-0 in a series multiple times in a single postseason for the third time in franchise history after first doing so in 2006 (CSF vs. NJD & SCF vs. EDM) on their path to the franchise’s first Stanley Cup and again in 2022 (R1 vs. BOS & R2 vs. NYR). Their next victory against the Devils will also be their 16th all-time against the club in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

* The Devils went 20-8-2 (.700 P%) following a loss during the 2022-23 season – only the Bruins (14-2-1, .853 P%), Maple Leafs (24-5-3, .797 P%) and Golden Knights (20-7-4, .710 P%) had a higher points percentage in that scenario. New Jersey is also 10-5 all-time (.667 W%) in Game 2 following a Game 1 loss on the road, tied with Tampa Bay (6-3, .667 W%), Vegas (2-1, .667 W%) and Vancouver (6-3, .667 W%) for the best winning percentage in Stanley Cup Playoffs history.

Source: NHL Morning Skate: Stanley Cup Playoffs Edition – May 5, 2023

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