Red and Black Hockey
by David Lee on 04/09/11 at 05:09 PM ET
The Rangers have decided to make things a little more difficult for the Hurricanes. They’ve just beaten the Devils and now have 93 standings points. Carolina must now win its game against the Lightning at 7:00. As I said before, the Bolts can’t gain or lose anything tonight, so they might not be very hungry. On the other hand, Carolina will be very hungry. One thing that might come into play: it doesn’t matter whether Carolina wins in regulation, overtime or shootout. As long as they win. The head-to-head tiebreaker would break a potential points tie and even an ROW tie.
Both teams have been in this situation before. Last season, the Rangers were kept out of the playoffs on the last day of the season when they lost a shootout game to the Flyers. In 2008, the Hurricanes needed a win at home against the Panthers in their final game OR a Capitals loss to the same Panthers the next day. It didn’t pan out for the Canes.
And now everyone in Ranger nation will be watching Carolina tonight. Henry and Linda Staal will be watching. Jordan is already in the playoffs, and this game decides which of their other two NHL sons gets to go.
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David Lee is a restaurant manager with an unused degree in political science. He can be found at Carolina Hurricanes games, Scrabble tournaments and indie-rock shows. Sometimes, all in the same day.