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Carolina Hurricanes at Boston Bruins: ECF Game 2 Preview and Storm Advisory

The Canes are back in action this afternoon for a Mother’s Day matinee Game 2 in Boston.

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Carolina Hurricanes v Boston Bruins - Game One Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

The Hurricanes take on the Bruins in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final as they try to take one game in enemy territory before traveling back to Raleigh. The Canes have shown that they can outplay the Bruins at 5 on 5, but still need to figure out a way to rein in Boston’s buzzsaw of a power play.

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

  • After a 5-2 loss on Thursday night, the Canes now trail 1-0 in a series for the eighth time in their last 12 playoff series.
  • But all is not lost. The Canes have won six out of the past seven series in which they lost Game 1, including the 2009 Eastern Conference Semifinal in which they beat the Bruins in seven games.
  • Sebastian Aho’s goal to open the scoring on Thursday extended his goal scoring streak to three games. Only two players in franchise playoff history have scored a goal in four straight games. Can you guess them? (I will be very impressed if someone gets both of these correct)
  • Jordan Staal picked up an assist in Game 1, extending his assist streak to three games, and bringing his playoff points total to 10 (6g, 4a) in 12 playoff games this season. That’s a career playoff high for assists and points.
  • Greg McKegg rides a two game goal streak into today’s matchup, marking the first time he’s scored goals in back-to-back games since the 2016-17 season on the Florida Panthers.

Storm Advisory

  • Why are so many discriminatory of hockey in the south? [WRAL Sports Fan]
  • Playoff beards were the last thing that Warren Foegele and Andrei Svechnikov were thinking about as they prepared for training camp last year. [N&O]
  • This Hurricanes goaltending tandem is making magic. [The Athletic]
  • 22 years after the Whalers went south, this Hartford fan is still cheering. [WRAL Sports Fan]
  • The Seattle expansion franchise has a lot of questions, and it’s asking local fans for answers. [NHL]
  • A list of the hottest unrestricted free agents on the market this summer. A few Hurricanes made the cut. [USA Today]

About Last Night

  • The Sharks took down the Blues in Game 1 of the Western Conference Final in a game that was defined by physicality. The game was mostly one sided until the third period, but the Blues couldn’t mount a comeback as they fell 6-3. Jordan Binnington was absolutely not the problem in this loss, but we’ll see how the rookie goaltender responds to surrendering five goals on 24 shots.