The Carolina Hurricanes will host the Washington Capitals tonight at PNC Arena in Raleigh.
The Hurricanes must come into tonight with a higher level of grit than they have in the last two games. They were resilient in Saturday afternoons contest but fell just short in over time.
Tonight will mark the first playoff game for the Hurricanes in 10 years. They have shown that they are good enough to beat Washington, they just need to make smarter plays.
Down 2-0 in the series, Teuvo Teravainen and the @NHLCanes return home tonight looking for a victory! #StanleyCup (NHL x @Discover) @Capitals vs. @NHLCanes at 7:00 ET on @CNBC and @Sportsnet pic.twitter.com/zt2qFO5XJM
— NHL (@NHL) April 15, 2019
A key factor for tonight is to get up early. If the Hurricanes want to beat the Capitals tonight they need to get up early and stay on the attack. It is hard to play a good defensive game against a team that is lead by Alex Ovechkin and TJ Oshie.
The power play is the perfect spot for the 'Canes to strike. Carolina went one for eight on the powerplay through the first two games. The man advantage is going to be an important factor for the Hurricanes, especially with Braden Holtby in the net.
So far this postseason, Holtby is 2-0 with a 2.46 GAA and a .912 save percentage.
Carolina is playing these next two games at home as they look to even up the series. As for tonight, it looks like it is going to be both Holtby and Mrazek in goal when the puck drops at 7 p.m.