Hurricanes prepare for postseason, playoff beards a go

Carolina Hurricanes practicing on July 13, 2020. (Photo: WTVD)

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) — The Carolina Hurricanes will face the Washington Capitals two weeks from Wednesday for an exhibition game in Toronto and while the phrase “a new normal” is being heard all across the world, the Canes are trying to keep things as normal as possible as they prepare for the start of the postseason.

“We’re wearing our masks when we have to wear our masks and when we’re working out, we’re not,” Justin Williams said. “Not much has changed in the room. I’ve got a big ping pong game with Jaccob Slavin here in a little bit, where I’m going to dust him at, so nothing’s really changed in that aspect. But we’re doing our workouts, going on the ice, getting our treatment and we’re pushing through.”

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Slavin is up to the challenge.

“I guess after this I’ll go battle him out,” Slavin said. “I got the last win, so I’d say we battle it out. Mraz is pretty good too. He has his own paddle, without his own paddle he struggles a bit.”

The Hurricanes take on the New York Rangers in a best-of-five Stanley Cup Qualifier beginning Aug. 1 in Toronto and depth won’t be an issue as they’ll have to choose six of their eight defensemen currently practicing.

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