(The Hurricanes and Stars meet up in a 7:30 p.m. recreation in Dallas. Check again for recreation updates.)
The Hurricanes know what it’s wish to push and push for the playoffs, grinding each recreation.
Two years in the past, the Canes clinched their first playoff berth since 2009 within the next-to-last recreation of the 2018-19 common season. The Canes beat New Jersey at PNC Arena — goalie Petr Mrazek screaming “We’re in, yes!” when it was over — whereas the Montreal Canadiens have been shedding to Washington. The drought was over.
The stress load isn’t that heavy this season. The Canes (31-10-6) go into Monday’s street recreation towards the Dallas Stars (20-15-12) needing one level — or Florida beating the Nashville Predators — to high quality for this yr’s playoffs.
The Stars are the crew that’s urgent, preventing, two factors behind the Predators within the push for the fourth playoff spot within the Central Division. They will probably be enjoying with further urgency.
“It’s going to be tough,” defenseman Jaccob Slavin stated Monday morning. “We’re getting to the point of the season where games start to feel like playoff games. We’ve been in that spot before so we know the mindset on the other side.
“But being in the position we’re in and Roddy (Brind’Amour) has made it clear that you have to have a certain mindset. We still have to go out there with the mindset these games are just as important for us as they are for them.”
The Canes, who’ve 68 factors, wish to keep in first place within the Central. They have been one level forward of the Panthers and two factors in entrance of Tampa Bay heading into Monday’s recreation.
The Stars, who misplaced to Tampa Bay within the 2020 Stanley Cup finals, are doing all they will to make a late-season leap into the playoffs. They’ve gained 5 of their final six video games, are 7-1-2 during the last 10 and are 5-0-1 of their final six at residence. Rookie ahead Jason Robertson has a seven-game level streak and Roope Hintz has 14 factors in his final eight video games.
Canes coach Rod Brind’Amour stated James Reimer can be the beginning goalie Monday and that not one of the Canes’ injured gamers would return for the sport.
Reimer has a 14-5-1 file however has not performed simply as soon as since April 1 as Alex Nedeljkovic and Mrazek have carried the goaltending load since Mrazek’s return from a thumb harm. Reimer’s final begin was a 3-1 loss to Detroit on April 12 at PNC Arena when he allowed two targets on 29 photographs — Brind’Amour stated after the sport that Reimer was the one one who performed properly within the recreation.
Forward Jesper Fast (lower-body harm) took half in Monday’s morning skate at American Airlines Center however won’t play for the second straight recreation, Brind’Amour stated. Mrazek will probably be sidelined for a 3rd recreation with a lower-body concern. Also lacking will probably be defenseman Brady Skjei (concussion), ahead Jordan Martinook (decrease physique) and Teuo Teravainen (concussion).
The Canes plan to decorate 11 forwards and 7 defensemen, with defenseman Joakim Ryan getting one other recreation and Jake Bean rejoining the lineup.
Brind’Amour stated injured ahead Brock McGinn (higher physique), who didn’t make the street journey and has missed 10 video games, was “getting better” however was unsure when he may return and play.