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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Boston Bruins Game 2: Lineups and Game Discussion

Several lineup decisions for the Hurricanes tonight remain up in the air.

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

Game Notes

  • Game one of this series was certainly eventful. Haydn Fleury scored his first career playoff goal, Brock McGinn and Joel Edmundson also scored and Patrice Bergeron won it for Boston in overtime.
  • Brind’Amour, of course, had his wallet lightened by the NHL after his comments to Luke DeCock of the News & Observer and Sara Civian of The Athletic about a blown call and replay review on Boston’s second goal.
  • Sami Vatanen and Justin Williams were both unfit to play yesterday, Brind’Amour said this morning both would be game time decisions tonight. If Vatanen comes into the lineup, one would expect Jake Gardiner to be the odd man out, with both Fleury and Edmundson scoring yesterday.
  • Last year, following a third-period collapse in game one of the Eastern Conference Finals, the Canes were blown out in game two en route to getting swept by Boston. Picking up the split tonight will be important if the team is going to have a shot in this series.

Projected Lineups

Carolina Hurricanes

The latest from Michael Smith is the same projected lineup from game one, though that could change if Williams and Vatanen can go. Brind’Amour has yet to name a starting goalie, but given Brind’Amour’s comments about wanting to use both guys, and James Reimer starting game three against the Rangers, I’d unofficially expect to see him tonight.

Andrei Svechnikov - Sebastian Aho - Teuvo Teravainen
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

James Reimer (unofficial)
Petr Mrazek

Boston Bruins

Matt Dolloff of 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston said Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy plans to go back to Tuukka Rask in net with the same lineup from game one, though that could change with some players getting treatment.

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

Zdeno Chara - Charlie McAvoy
Torey Krug - Brandon Carlo
Matt Grzelcyk - Jeremy Lauzon

Tuukka Rask
Jaroslav Halak