It only took three games for the Carolina Hurricanes to send the New York Rangers packing. The Rangers are not only the first team to exit the NHL bubble in Toronto but they are also the first team to get eliminated in the NHL play-in round.
The New York Rangers now gain the opportunity at the first overall pick in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. The Rangers will be placed in a draft lottery with all the other losers of the play-in round to determine the first overall pick.
The Canes however will move on to play one of the top 4 teams in the Eastern Conference. Those teams are still battling it out in a round robin to see how they will be seated for the first round of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The series between the Canes and Rangers was very quick and surprising. Not too many people expected the Rangers to roll over and flop in 3 straight games. This result just solidifies how much more work the Rangers have to do if they want to be a true contender.
The final game for the Rangers would also see Henrik Lundqvist sit on the bench and watch the game as a back up goalie. The “King” as he was so cleverly nicknamed some years ago was the starting goalie in the first two games that the Rangers faced the Canes. Unfortunately he couldn’t carry the team at all and with the two loses they elected to go with Igor Shesterkin.
The remaining teams in the Toronto Bubble vying for an entry into the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs are the Montreal Canadiens, Pittsburgh Penguins, Toronto Maple Leafs, Columbus Blue Jackets, Florida Panthers and the New York Islanders. Out of these four teams the New York Islanders look to be the next one to move on as they lead the Florida Panthers in their best of 5 series two games to nothing.