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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Boston Bruins: Game Preview and Discussion

The Hurricanes take on the Boston Bruins on the second leg of a back-to-back set.

Jamie Kellner

The Carolina Hurricanes come off a disappointing loss last night in Madison Square Garden to take on the dominant Boston Bruins on home ice with playoff hopes quickly slipping away.

Vital Statistics

Category Hurricanes Bruins
Category Hurricanes Bruins
Record 8-6 11-5
Goals/Game 2.79 3.31
Goals Against/Game 2.71 2.06
Shots/Game 30.9 34.3
Faceoff % 49.1% 53.3%
Power Play % (Rank) 10.0% (14) 31.9% (1)
Penalty Kill % (Rank) 70.8% (14) 85.7% (4)
ES Corsi For % 55.61% 51.66%
ES PDO 101.2% 101.0
PIM/Game 8:38 6:30

Goaltender #1

Category Petr Mrazek Tuukka Rask
Category Petr Mrazek Tuukka Rask
Record 5-5 11-5
Save % .894 .939
GAA 2.73 1.96

Goaltender #2

Category Curtis McElhinney Jaroslav Halak
Category Curtis McElhinney Jaroslav Halak
Record 3-1 0-0
Save % .943 N/A
GAA 1.70 N/A

Game Notes

  • The Hurricanes trail all-time with a 77-100-22 record, including a 42-44-12 record at home against the Bruins.
  • Tonight marks the third and final matchup between the two sides this season. Boston has taken the first two matchups by a combined score of 11-4, although Carolina did earn a loser point in Boston on February 27th.
  • The Hurricanes have earned at least a point in eight of their last nine games against Boston, going 5-1-3 in that span.
  • Jordan Staal led the team last season with three points (1g, 2a) in two games against the Bruins.
  • Cam Ward, who is expected to start tonight, has been strong recently against Boston, going 4-1-1 in his last six decisions against the team dating back to March of 2016.

Lines and Rosters

The Hurricanes come off of an extremely disappointing loss last night in a must win game against a Rangers team that isn’t in the hunt. Scott Darling had a tough night, his third of the season against the Rangers, and the much anticipated season debut of top AHL scorer Valentin Zykov was a false alarm. However, it’s a new day and you can expect a shakeup from Peters after a loss last night. Cam Ward in net is the only certainty at this point, but here’s your projected lines (with the caveat that there will likely be changes that we won’t learn about until the warmup):

Sebastian Aho - Jordan Staal - Teuvo Teravainen
Brock McGinn - Elias Lindholm - Justin Williams
Jeff Skinner - Victor Rask - Phil Di Giuseppe
Joakim Nordstrom - Derek Ryan - Lee Stempniak

Jaccob Slavin - Brett Pesce
Klas Dahlbeck - Justin Faulk
Noah Hanifin - Trevor Van Riemsdyk

Cam Ward
Scott Darling

The Bruins have all but locked up a playoff spot, and are six points back of division-leading Tampa with two games in hand. They have just begun a stretch of eight in nine away from home, which started in Chicago on Sunday where they lost 3-1. Here’s how they will look tonight:

Brad Marchand - Riley Nash - David Pastrnak
Jake DeBrusk - David Krejci - Rick Nash
Danton Heinen - David Backes - Brian Gionta
Tim Schaller - Sean Kuraly - Noel Acciari

Zdeno Chara - Brandon Carlo
Torey Krug - Kevan Miller
Matt Grzelcyk - Nick Holden

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin