Carolina Hurricanes

Hurricanes, with some help, back in playoff position

The Carolina Hurricanes have moved back into playoff position in the Eastern Conference and didn’t play a game.

The Canes moved up into the second wild-card playoff spot Monday afternoon when the New York Islanders lost to the Minnesota Wild 5-3 in Brooklyn.

The Canes and Islanders each had played 60 games and had 64 points after Carolina’s 3-2 overtime loss Sunday to the New Jersey Devils, but the Isles held the wild-card spot with more regulation and overtime wins.

After the Isles’ loss Monday, the Canes had the tiebreaker edge with fewer games played and a higher point percentage.

The Islanders shut out the Canes 2-0 Friday at PNC Arena to move past Carolina and into playoff position. Now they’ve moved back.

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