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Carolina Hurricanes at Boston Bruins: Game Preview and Storm Advisory

The Hurricanes kick off the season series against their opponent from last year’s Eastern Conference Final.

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Boston Bruins v Carolina Hurricanes - Game Four Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images

The Hurricanes face off tonight against one of the hottest teams in the NHL this season in Boston. The Canes will look to take revenge on a Bruins team that swept them in the Eastern Conference Final last spring.

Vital Statistics

Category Hurricanes Blue Jackets
Category Hurricanes Blue Jackets
Record 21-7-3 13-13-7
Goals/Game 3.23 2.54
Goals Against/Game 2.48 3.12
Shots/Game 31.52 28.70
Face Off Win % 54.4% 46.2%
Power Play % (Rank) 30.6% (1st) 14.8% (26th)
Penalty Kill % (Rank) 82.9% (9th) 74.0% (26th)
ES Corsi For % 53.04% 46.16%
ES PDO 100.96 99.42
PIM/Game 07:21 06:43

Goaltender #1

Category James Reimer Joonas Korpisalo
Category James Reimer Joonas Korpisalo
Record 12-4-1 8-10-5
Save % 0.909 .900
GAA 2.68 2.98

Goaltender #2

Category Alex Nedeljkovic Elvis Merzlikins
Category Alex Nedeljkovic Elvis Merzlikins
Record 7-2-2 5-3-2
Save % .930 .912
GAA 1.96 2.91

Game Notes

  • The Hurricanes and Bruins are meeting for the first of three matchups this season. The Canes will host Boston on March 31st, and the two teams will close out the series as well as their seasons on April 4th.
  • The Bruins won the season series in 2018-19 with a record of 2-1-0 (Canes: 1-1-1), and swept the Canes in the Eastern Conference Final.
  • The Bruins are hot of late with an 8-0-2 record in their last 10, and haven’t lost a game in regulation since November 8th. They’re currently atop the NHL standings in terms of point percentage, picking up 43 points in 27 games.
  • Despite the sweep, Sebastian Aho led the Hurricanes with three points (2g, 1a) in the conference final. He has recorded 12 points (8g, 4a) in nine career regular season games against Boston and has picked up a point in five of the consecutive matchups.
  • Dougie Hamilton recorded two assists in Saturday’s matchup against Tampa Bay, and has picked up 28 points (10g, 18a) in 27 games this season. He leads the league in goals among defenseman and is second to only John Carlson in total points by a defenseman this season.

Storm Advisory

  • The tweet speaks for itself.
  • The saga continues as Johan Franzen confirms Chelios’ story and calls the former Leafs coach ‘the worst person I have ever met.’ [Detroit Free Press]
  • Marc Crawford will be away from the Blackhawks as the team conducts a review of the allegations against him.
  • The Checkers’ rings have made their way to Raleigh! Congrats to Haydn Fleury and Martin Necas.
  • Keith Kinkaid has been placed on waivers by the Canadiens.
  • Here’s an interesting idea given recent events: a Yelp-style rating app for hockey coaches and agents. [USA Today]
  • Here’s a good hockey headline to brighten your day:
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