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Everything you need to know about the Carolina Hurricanes’ postseason

With another stellar regular season, the Canes are ready to brew up quite the storm in the 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Carolina Hurricanes doing a Storm Surge celebration in the middle of the rink — hockey players are in a circle.

If you’ve experienced a Canes win at PNC Arena, then you’ve probably witnessed a Storm Surge celebration.

Photo by Kara Durrette/Carolina Hurricanes

The Carolina Hurricanes are headed to the playoffs to cause even more chaos this season, with a first-round matchup against the New York Islanders. If you’re just now tuning into Raleigh’s pro hockey team, here’s what you need to know before the Canes head to the best-of-seven series.

This season, the Canes are 2-1-1 against the Islanders, with both wins on the Islanders’ home ice, most recently on March 19. The Canes also faced the Islanders in the first round last year’s playoffs, winning in six games. If you compare the teams’ season records, the Islanders are just 38-27-16 while the Canes boast a 50+ win season.

On the ice, keep an eye out for fan favorites like Finn Sebastian Aho, who held 89 points and 36 goals ahead of last night’s final regular season game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Aho has been with the Canes since he started in the NHL in 2016 and has proven himself a valuable forward on the roster.

On the defensive end, watch out for Brent Burns. Playing in the NHL since 2002, Burns has been a defensive powerhouse all season, including ranking fourth on the team in blocked shots. Plus, Burns and local health food eatery Happy and Hale collaborated on the Burnzie Bowl, a new creation fit for folks with any number of teeth.

Secure your tickets for Game 1 and Game 2 of the playoff round here in Raleigh, and nab seats for potential game 5 and game 7 if you’re feeling lucky. Plus, read up on what’s new and coming soon to PNC Arena before you go.

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