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RALEIGH Michael Gallup Color Rush Jersey , N.C. — Two teams that are not in line to make the playoffs will see if they can gain some good vibes nonetheless with the end of the regular season just about a week away.


The New York Rangers visit the Carolina Hurricanes for Saturday night’s game at PNC Arena.


These teams were contending for a playoff spot, but they have mostly fallen by the wayside.


Now it’s a matter of trying to put on strong performances the rest of the way.


“We want to play the right way,” Carolina coach Bill Peters said.


The teams are in similar spots in the Eastern Conference standings below the wild-card playoff line.


The Hurricanes avoided official elimination with Friday night’s 4-1 victory at Washington, but their situation had become dire during the past couple of weeks.


The Hurricanes must win their remaining games along with the New Jersey Devils losing in regulation for the rest of the regular season to make the postseason.


Carolina has four games remaining, though Saturday night’s game marks the second-to-last home game.


“We’re not going to go out there and just throw our sticks on the ice,” Hurricanes goaltender Scott Darling said. “We want to finish strong.?


Rangers coach Alain Vigneault also said it’s an important time to conclude the schedule the right way.


“We’ve talked to our group about being professionals http://www.jetsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-trenton-cannon-jersey ,” Vigneault said. “Having them to understand to come in every day whether it’s a practice or a game and give your best. (I’ve) given them very precise instructions on what we want them to do and how they can get better.”


The Rangers are 1-4-2 in their last seven games after allowing five goals in the third period of a 7-3 loss to Tampa Bay in its final home game.


Vigneault said he’s impressed with the positive reinforcements that have been provided from veterans such as defenseman Marc Staal and right winger Mats Zuccarello


“I’m very proud of how those two have conducted themselves,” Vigneault, noting the positive examples that have been on display.”


For Staal, this will be another chance to play against his brother, Carolina center Jordan Staal.


The Hurricanes have called upon several younger players during the past couple of weeks.


Still, since the last home game they reassigned forward Warren Foegele and defenseman Roland McKeown to Charlotte of the American Hockey League.


Foegele http://www.jetsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-terrelle-pryor-sr.-jersey , 21, scored his first NHL goal and earned his first assist in his NHL debut against Ottawa on Monday and then added another goal the next night in New Jersey.


Carolina has had some recent shortcomings with special teams.


“Let’s not go to the box unnecessarily,” Peters said. “Let’s not take the penalties that are because of a lack of moving your feet.”


Hurricanes defenseman Justin Faulk returned to action Friday night after missing about a week with an upper-body injury. Peters said it was undetermined if Faulk would be used in both games on back-to-back nights.


The Rangers are 3-0-0 against Carolina this season, outscoring the Hurricanes by a combined 17-5 score. That includes a 6-3 win on March 12 when Jimmy Vesey recorded a hat trick and the Rangers blocked a season-high 30 shots.


New York is 14-3 in the last 17 meetings since April 8, 2014.


After three games, the Toronto Raptors have yet to find the answer.

They came close against the Cavaliers in Games 1 and 3 of this Eastern Conference semifinal. If they don’t figure things out in Game 4 on Monday night http://www.raidersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-johnny-townsend-jersey , they will have all summer to ponder the problem.


”All three games have presented different plays that would have to be done at certain points of the game to get over the hump,” swingman C.J. Miles said before the shootaround. ”We see them. It’s not’s like there’s no door to get out of the room.”


But this is no easy escape. No NBA team has rallied from a 3-0 deficit to win a playoff series.


”The cause of lack of sleep at night when you can replay the game and see so many turning points,” Miles said. ”It’s easy in hindsight to say that play changes everything. You never know. But you always think about the fact that you want to give yourself the best shot every single night and there’s some plays that didn’t always give us the best shot.”


Toronto is coming off a 105-103 loss Saturday, a crushing defeat courtesy of LeBron James‘ bank shot at the buzzer. Guard Fred VanVleet says the Raptors have no choice but to ”keep scratching and clawing.”


”We’ve been in all three games, we’ve had chances to win pretty much all three games, being up in some of the games Jeremy Kerley Color Rush Jersey ,” he said. ”We’re right there, we’re competing. We’ve just got to do a little bit more, make a couple more plays and I think we’ll be in good shape.”


This could be the third straight season the Cavs eliminate the Raptors. Going into Monday’s games, Cleveland had won nine straight playoff games against Toronto.


Cleveland is 9-0 when up 3-0 in a series. Toronto is 0-2 when behind 0-3 (swept in 2015 by Washington and 2017 by Cleveland).


The Cavs can reach the conference final for the fourth straight season and eighth time in franchise history.


”I think we have a group of guys that are warriors,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. ”And I know they’re going to bounce back. As far as the fight, I love what we did the other night.”


The shot by James http://www.49ersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-mike-mcglinchey-jersey , an off-balance 10-foot, has been replayed endlessly on TV. There is also the endless discussion of how Cleveland owns Toronto in the playoffs.


”I’ve seen the play (on TV) obviously,” VanVleet said. ”But I’m not watching ”SportsCenter” all night for those type of reasons right there.”


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