Florida Panthers – Tampa Bay Lightning

The starting point: It is the duel between two of the hottest title candidates in round two. On one side of the Stanley Cup winners of the past two years from West Florida-on the other of the Presidents’ trophy winners of the past round round from the Miami area in the east of the southern state.

Both teams faced each other last season, at that time in round 1. After a spectacular and goal -rich series, Tampa continued 4-2 on the way to defending the title. Have the signs turned now?

The staff: Tampa is worried about one of his most important players. Brayden Point injured the Maple Leafs early on the leg in game seven and no longer returned to the ice. The strong attacker was also missing during training on Monday. Lightning coach Jon Cooper described his efforts in game in Sunrise on Wednesday (1 a.m. CEST) night (very questionable “.

With Mason Marchment, Florida also has a failure on the offensive, which, however, weighs less seriously.

The main round: Both teams won two games each, in Tampa the Panthers won 4: 1, then the Lightning 3-2 to Overtime. The two games in Sunrise were particularly spectacular: Florida won 9: 3 at the end of 2021, and at the end of April Tampa returned 8: 4 in the same place.

Rangers tip: The potential failure of point weighs heavily, this time Florida wins 4: 2.

Carolina Hurricanes – New York Rangers

The starting position: Both teams had their love with the routine opponents in round 1. Carolina only won in the seventh and decisive game against the Boston Bruins, as the Rangers against the Pittsburgh Penguins about the three times Champions Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. The “Broadway Blue Shirts” even picked up a 1: 3 series behind.

The play -offs had previously achieved both clubs confidently – especially thanks to strong defensives. The Hurricanes (202 goals) and the Rangers (207) were the two main round teams with the few goals conceded in the entire NHL.

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The staff: The status of number-one goalkeeper Frederik Andersen, who completely missed the first round, remains unclear. Number two Anti Raanta, who was also injured at the beginning of the series against Boston, returned after just one game break and was not only a decisive factor in game seven.

The Rangers will be missing at least at the beginning of the series with the Rangers, who gained plenty of play-off experience with Tampa in the past two years. Until the end, the defensive striker had been seen on crutches.

The main round: All four games only found after the turn of the year. First Carolina won 6: 3 at home, but then lost 0-2 in front of a home backdrop. The two youngest duels until April in Madison Square Garden both went narrowly to the Hurricanes (4: 2, 4: 3).

Rangers tip: If Raanta stays fit or even returns Andersen, Carolina prevails 4-2.