RALEIGH, N.C. – The Carolina Hurricanes announced on Sunday the team’s schedule for the First Round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Washington Capitals.
Marking the first time the franchises have ever met in the postseason, the Metropolitan Division-champion Capitals will host the Hurricanes in Game 1 on Thursday.
Washington is looking to become only the fourth repeat Stanley Cup champion in the last 30 years, while Carolina is aiming to win its first playoff series in a decade.
The Hurricanes clinched their 14th all-time playoff appearance with a 3-1 victory against the New Jersey Devils, and eventually earned the first Wildcard spot in the Eastern Conference standings to match up with the Capitals.
Following Games 1 and 2 played on the road at Capital One Arena on April 11th and 13th, Carolina will return home to PNC Arena for Games 3 and 4 on Mon., April 15 and Thurs. Apr. 18.
Should a Game 6 be necessary, a third home game will take place in Raleigh on Mon. Apr. 22.
The Hurricanes boast a 22-17 record all-time at PNC Arena in the NHL playoffs.
NHL Playoff Snapshot
(Information via NHL.com includes totals of Hartford Whalers, 1979-97)
2018-2019 – Regular Season Record: 46-29-7, 99 points
All-Time Playoff Appearance: 14th
Consecutive Playoff Appearances: 1
Most Recent Playoff Appearance: 2009 (CQF: 4-3 W vs. NJD; SCF: 4-3 W vs. BOS; CF: 4-0 L vs. PIT)
All-Time Playoff Record: 59-68 in 127 GP (10-22 in 22 series)
Game 7s: 4-3 (2-0 at home, 2-3 on road)
Overtime: 21-13 (12-8 at home, 9-5 on road)
Facing Elimination: 12-12 (8-6 at home, 4-6 on road)
With Chance to Clinch Series: 10-10 (4-3 at home, 6-7 on road)
Stanley Cup Final
Stanley Cup Final Appearances: 2
Stanley Cups: 1 (2006)
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