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21:55  05 may  2019
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With the Carolina Hurricanes waiting for their next playoff opponent after sweeping the New York Islanders in the second round, the team is finally getting the rest it needs after a very physical postseason.

After playing 11 games in 23 days, the Hurricanes took the entire weekend off and are expected to pick up activity on Monday, according to News & Observer’s Luke DeCock.

The Hurricanes are hoping the time off could help in the return of a few injured players, though there are few updates on those players. There is no word on the status of forward Micheal Ferland. However, the team hopes to get back forward Saku Maenalanen at some point in the conference finals after he had hand surgery last week.

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Women's players hope NHL steps in to create new league. Patience will help Guerrero get going at the plate. Greiss wasn't much better against the high-energy Hurricanes , with Williams scoring their third goal of the period off a give-and-go from Nino Niederreiter at 8:51 and Svechnikov riling up the UP NEXT. The Hurricanes have some extended time to rest before the Eastern Conference final.

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The rest should also help forward Jordan Martinook, who played injured for Games 3 and 4 against the Isles, as well as goaltender Petr Mrazek, who was forced to leave Game 2. That put 35-year-old Curtis McElhinney into a full-time role, which isn’t ideal.

“I think a break is what they need, more almost mentally,” said head coach Rod Brind’Amour. “They need more of that. Will it affect us in our first game? We’re going to hear about that. Maybe. There might be a little rust there. But we need it.”

There is more to report from around the Eastern Conference:

  •’s Brian Compton writes that Islanders Vezina Trophy finalist Robin Lehner — who rewarded the team with an amazing season in goal after the Islanders took a chance on him — was non-committal after the team was swept in the second round of the playoffs on Friday. The 27-year-old goalie will be an unrestricted free agent this summer after signing a one-year “prove it” deal for $1.5M. There is a chance he may opt to make it his only year. “It’s a little bit too much emotions right now,” said Lehner. “I really like everyone here. This group is incredible, some of the best people I’ve been around. I’ve been in the League for a while now. We’ll see what God has in store for me.”
  • Helene St. James of the Detroit Free-Press writes that Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill admitted he was thrilled when new general manager Steve Yzerman gave him a vote of confidence after taking the head coaching position. “It was great to hear that he has belief in me and my abilities,” said Blashill, who has been committed to developing the young players on the team, many of whom have thrived under his leadership.
  • With major cap implications upcoming in Toronto, The Athletic’s Scott Wheeler writes that the Maple Leafs’ AHL affiliate, the Toronto Marlies, have been thrilled with the play of their young defensemen in the AHL playoffs, including Timothy Liljegren (first-round pick in 2017), Mac Hollowell (fourth-round pick in 2018) and Rasmus Sandin (first-round pick in 2018). Marlies coach Sheldon Keefe added: “It has been such a long period of time now where we relied on (Liljegren and Sandin), so we don’t get to the playoffs if those young guys can’t step up and play the minutes they had to play for us at different times when we were depleted.” With changes coming to the team’s defense, it’s good to know the three prospects could be closing in on being ready for NHL action.

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McElhinney starting for Hurricanes in Game 3.
Curtis McElhinney led the Carolina Hurricanes onto the ice for warmup ahead of Tuesday's Game 3 versus the Boston Bruins and will start in place of Petr Mrazek. Mrazek was the Hurricanes' starter down the regular-season stretch and during the first round of the playoffs. But he suffered an injury versus the New York Islanders in Round 2 and has struggled since returning, allowing 10 goals through two games against the Bruins. McElhinney's appeared in one game in relief of Mrazek and started two others so far this postseason, posting a .947 save percentage over those outings. Copyright © 2019 Score Media Ventures Inc.

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