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Hurricanes’ Rod Brind’Amour not thrilled about facing Rangers


Following the release of the NHL’s 24-team playoff format, which has the Rangers facing the Hurricanes in a play-in round, it was revealed Carolina was one of the two teams who voted against the proposal.

Coach Rod Brind’Amour confirmed his team’s disappointment with how the format panned out for the Hurricanes on the “ESPN on Ice” podcast Wednesday, saying the organization was reportedly pulling for a different plan entirely.

NHL insider Elliotte Friedman reported in his “31 Thoughts” column Thursday that the Hurricanes had their own “Carolina plan” for the playoffs. One suggestion proposed that instead of a play-in round, the league would weigh the 12 teams in each conference by the percentage chance they had to make the final 16. Each team would then play three games to calculate the “final” regular-season standings.

The second suggestion was to force the Rangers to win four of the five games. Under that scenario, if the Hurricanes won twice, the series would be over and Carolina would automatically advance.

Both proposals were obviously rejected, per Friedman.

“I think the bigger issue felt like, and especially our guys, was like, ‘What was the 68 games we played for? What did we grind for?’ The bulk of the season was completed, and they just threw that out, and I think that’s how [the Hurricanes] felt,” Brind’Amour told ESPN. “I think that’s justifiable in a way.”

Speaking with reporters Thursday afternoon, Rangers president John Davidson said he was excited about a potential matchup with the Hurricanes.

“It’ll be fun, it’ll be great hockey,” he said. “They worked hard over the years, they have some good young talent, they have some smart veteran players and we played them well. … I like the matchup for both teams, it’s going to be tight. It’s going to be real tight.”

The Rangers went 4-0 against the Hurricanes this season, outscoring them 17-9. When play was suspended March 12, the Rangers were just two points behind the Hurricanes in the Metropolitan Division standings.


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