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MVP FOR EACH TEAM:
NOTE: Below is each team's highest-ranked player by NHL.com for Stanley Cup pools.
Carolina Hurricanes: Sebastian Aho, C
New York Rangers: Artemi Panarin, LW
PAST PLAYOFF PERFORMERS:
Hurricanes: Justin Williams, RW
-Has 101 points (40 goals, 61 assists) in 155 career postseason games. He's tied for 10th among active players with eight playoff game-winning goals.
Rangers: Henrik Lundqvist, G
-Has a .922 save percentage in 128 career postseason games. Lundqvist's 10 playoff shutouts rank second among active goalies behind Marc-Andre Fleury of the Vegas Golden Knights (15).
NOTE: Lundqvist is a part of a three-goalie rotation with rookie Igor Shesterkin and Alexandar Georgiev.
Hurricanes: Sami Vatanen, D
Rangers: Kaapo Kakko, RW
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Hurricanes: Dougie Hamilton, D
Rangers: Chris Kreider, LW
NOTE: Kreider has been a fixture on a line with elite center Mika Zibanejad this season when healthy.
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PREDICTIONS FOR FIVE-GAME SERIES:
Pete Jensen: Rangers in 5
Rob Reese: Rangers in 4
David Satriano: Hurricanes in 4
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