2020 Return To Play

The Rangers would face the Hurricanes in the reported playoff proposal

5/26/20 | The NHL has confirmed that the Rangers will play the Hurricanes in a best-of-five series when the NHL resumes this summer.

5/21/20 | 12:04PM: According to reports from Sportsnet and ESPN, the Rangers would face the Carolina Hurricanes in a best-of-five series as part of the proposed 24-team playoff format.

The 24-teams would be broken down by conference and ranked ranked by points percentage.


The Rangers are 11th in the East in points percentage while the Hurricanes are 6th.

The top-four teams in each conference,(Boston, Tampa, Philly, Washington in the East), would all receive a bye through the initial round while teams 5-12 in each conference would play each other.

The winner of each initial round would then go on to play one of the four bye teams in the traditional 16-team playoff format.

As it stands now, the winner of the Rangers/Hurricanes series would go on to face the Washington Capitals, according to Sportsnet.

The Rangers were 4-0 against the Hurricanes this season, outscoring them 17-9 though being outshot by a margin of 161 to 104.

Henrik Lundqvist played the first three games against the Hurricanes, stopping 125 of 132 shots but Igor Shesterkin played the Rangers most recent game against Carolina, stopping 27 of 29 shots on 2/21.

The Rangers own the later of the Hurricanes two first round picks, which they acquired in exchange for Brady Skjei at the trade deadline.