Petr Mrazek got the Carolina Hurricanes off to a strong start in net for the NHL's return to play, only to see James Reimer turn in an even better performance when it was his turn. Reimer helped the Hurricanes close out a three-game sweep of the New York Rangers in a qualifier series Tuesday night, finishing with 37 saves - including some big ones during a wild second-period sequence - during the 4-1 win in Toronto. Mrazek allowed three goals in two prior games against one of the NHL's best offensive teams in the regular season.
Coaches for the Arizona Coyotes and Nashville Predators are facing difficult decisions on their starting goalies for Game 3 of their Western Conference qualifying series on Wednesday afternoon in Edmonton. The best-of-five series is tied 1-1 after Nashville goalie Juuse Saros shut out the Coyotes until the final minute of a 4-2 win in Game 2 on Tuesday. Saros made his first career playoff start in Game 1, a 4-3 win by the Coyotes on Sunday.
The New York Islanders will go for a sweep of their best-of-five Eastern Conference play-in series against the Florida Panthers on Wednesday afternoon, and they've enjoyed the ride so far. The fun started in the NHL bubble in Toronto even before the Islanders' 2-1 and 4-2 victories, according to team captain Anders Lee. Islanders goalie Semyon Varlamov has allowed just three goals in two games.