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.
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.
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.
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."