Home or away Carolina Hurricanes head coach Rod Brind’Amour doesn’t take too much stock into his team’s record at PNC Arena or away from it. In the second round of the playoffs, the Hurricanes defeated the New York Rangers twice on home ice, but as the series shifts to Madison Square Garden and New York City, the attention turns to see if they can win on the road.
The Hurricanes have dropped all three road playoff games that they’ve competed in this season, falling by a combined score of 14-6 to the Boston Bruins on the road.
“I know why we lost in Boston. A couple of games things got out of hand,” Brind’Amour said prior to the puck drop of Game 3 on Sunday. “Too many penalties at the wrong time, but every game to me takes on a new life. I don’t see any carryover from the road to home or anything. It’s just how it works.”
While the Canes have very much been a home team in the playoffs, the Rangers have found ways to win at home and on the road through the first two rounds, though they were still waiting for that first win over Carolina heading into Game 3. New York pulled out a win in game 6 over Pittsburgh in the first round and they had big wins at Madison Square Garden.
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At home, the Rangers have made the most of their time at MSG. New York scored a combined 17 goals in the first round at the Garden and outscored the Penguins 17-12 in the four first-round games in Manhattan.
New York has struggled to find the back of the net as easily in the second round, and they’re hoping the return home can help spark their offense a bit more. New York had just one goal in through two games against the Hurricanes.