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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Boston Bruins: Game Two Preview, Storm Advisory

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The Hurricanes look to get on the board in this first round series after a dramatic loss yesterday.

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

The Hurricanes will try to get back on track tonight as they take on the Bruins in their second game in two days. There’s no shortage of drama thus far in this series, as the Game 1 postponement put the teams in this back-to-back situation, and a controversial call in the second period yesterday resulted in a hefty fine for Head Coach Rod Brind’Amour. The team is looking to get its postseason back on track as the Canes take on Boston in Game 2 tonight.


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

  • Rod Brind’Amour was fined $25,000 for his comments yesterday to Sara Civian of The Athletic and Luke DeCock of the News & Observer following the loss to Boston. Read our coverage of the situation here.
  • Justin Williams and Sami Vatanen were both ruled “unfit to play” yesterday. Whether or not either of them draw in today remains to be seen.
  • Sebastian Aho picked up an assist in Game 1 vs. the Bruins, extending his point streak to four games. He’s tied with Connor McDavid for the NHL postseason lead in points. His 21 points (8g, 13a) through 19 career playoff appearances has tied him with Eric Staal (7g, 14a) for the most points through a skater’s first 19 career postseason games in franchise history.
  • Brock McGinn picked up his first career shorthanded playoff goal in Game 1. Four of McGinn’s 43 career goals have come shorthanded.
  • Haydn Fleury scored a goal yesterday, marking his first NHL postseason point. During the 2019-20 season, Fleury set new career highs in both goals (4), assists (10), and points (14).
  • Both Joel Edmundson and Fleury scored in game 1, marking just the fourth time in franchise history that two defensemen scored a goal in the same playoff game. Can you name the last pair of Carolina blueliners who scored in the same playoff game?

Here’s how the teams lined up for game one, though that is likely going to change:

Hurricanes

Teuvo Teravainen - Sebastian Aho - Andrei Svechnikov
Ryan Dzingel - Vincent Trocheck - Martin Necas
Warren Foegele - Jordan Staal - Brock McGinn
Nino Niederreiter - Morgan Geekie - Jordan Martinook

Jaccob Slavin - Dougie Hamilton
Brady Skjei - Joel Edmundson
Haydn Fleury - Jake Gardiner
Petr Mrazek
James Reimer (Brind’Amour has said he plans to use both goalies in the series, it would not be a surprise to see Reimer in net tonight).

Bruins

Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - David Pastrnak
Jake DeBrusk - David Krejci - Ondrej Kase
Nick Ritchie - Charlie Coyle - Anders Bjork
Joakim Nordstom - Sean Kuraly - Chris Wagner

Zdeno Chara - Charlie McAvoy
Torey Krug - Brandon Carlo
Matt Grelzcyk - Jeremy Lauzon
Tuukka Rask
Jaroslav Halak


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