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NHL - US Sports: Hurricanes have home confidence

Defenceman Brady Skjei says the Carolina Hurricanes are confident that they can use home ice advantage to beat his former team the New York Rangers in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Second Round and reach the Conference Final.

The Hurricanes, 13/2 to win the Stanley Cup, had the opportunity to progress past the Rangers in Game 6 at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, but were beaten 5-2.

Hurricanes different home and away

The defeat was Carolina's sixth straight on the road, the longest losing run away from home by any team in post-season history.

To the contrary, however, the Jekyll and Hyde Hurricanes are undefeated at home (7-0), giving Skjei confidence that they will progress in the winner-takes game at PNC Arena on Monday.

Carolina have yet to lose a Game 7 since relocating from Hartford in 1997 (6-0), including a 3-2 win against the Boston Bruins in the first round.

The Rangers are 10-6 in Game 7, including 2-5 on the road. They defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 in overtime in the first round at Madison Square Garden.

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Twenty-eight-year-old Skjei has three points (one goal, two assists) in 13 play-off games. He joined the Hurricanes mid-way through the 2019/20 season from the Rangers.

Skjei admits to frustrations

He said to the media: "We did obviously the same exact thing in the first round with the wins and losses at home, on the road.

"It's obviously right now a little frustrating that we couldn't close it out, but we'll forget about this pretty quickly and we have a lot of confidence at home like our record shows. We are excited and we'll be ready to go on Monday."

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