The puck drops on the start of the 2021 NHL Playoffs on Saturday, May 15 and the No. 1 Carolina Hurricanes and No. 4 Nashville Predators will take a few days to get their series going. Game 1 is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET on Monday, and will air on CNBC. The teams will play every other day with subsequent games airing on CNBC and USA.
The ‘Canes have one of the best, young rosters in the NHL and enter their first playoff run as a No. 1 seed. This is the third straight playoff berth for Carolina, making it to the East Finals a few years ago. At the top of that young roster is Sebastian Aho and Andrei Svechnikov, who are accompanied by a plethora of depth on both fronts. The key to their run through the playoffs could be rookie goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic, who went 15-5-3 with a 1.90 GAA and .932 SV% for the Canes.
The Preds are in an interesting spot. Nashville has the type of roster to make a deep run and aren’t far removed from going to the Stanley Cup back in 2017. This is the seventh straight playoff berth for the Preds. Instead of seeing Pekka Rinne in net, we’ll likely see Juuse Saros, who had a breakout year going 21-11-1 with a 2.28 GAA and .927 SV%.
Below is a full rundown of the Hurricanes-Predators series and how to watch it. The NBC games are all available at NBCSports.com/live and on the NBC Sports app.
All times are ET. *=if necessary
Carolina Hurricanes (1) win series 4-2 over Nashville Predators (4)
Game 1: Hurricanes 5, Predators 2
Game 2: Hurricanes 3, Predators 0
Game 3: Predators 5, Hurricanes 4 (2OT)
Game 4: Predators 4, Hurricanes 3 (2OT)
Game 5: Hurricanes, 3 Predators 2
Game 6: Hurricanes 4, Predators 3 (OT)