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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Boston Bruins Game 2: Preview, Game Hub, Storm Advisory

The Hurricanes look to take the series lead today in a matinee Game 3 matchup against the Bruins.

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Carolina Hurricanes at Boston Bruins Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

The Hurricanes picked up a much needed win on Thursday night as they evened the series at 1-1. They come into tonight with a “home ice” advantage, which will give Rod Brind’Amour and company the valuable last change.

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

  • Dougie Hamilton picked up his first goal of the 2020 postseason in Game 2 with a booming slap shot from the top of the circle. He has now scored four goals in 17 career playoff games with Carolina. He’s tied for the second-most career playoff goals by a defenseman in franchise history. Can you name the franchise leader in playoff goals by a defenseman?
  • Hamilton’s goal was his second career game-winning playoff goal. His previous game-winner came for Boston in Game 3 of the 2014 Eastern Conference First Round.
  • Andrei Svechnikov picked up two points (1g, 1a) in Game 2 against Boston, marking his second multi-point game of the 2020 postseason, and his third in his postseason career. He’s recorded 12 points (7g, 5a) in 14 career postseason games, which marks the most goals, assists and points by a player before turning 21 in franchise playoff history.
  • Martin Necas also recorded a multi-point game on Thursday — the first of his young career. He ranks tied for fifth among all NHL rookies with four points (1g, 2a) through five games this postseason.
  • Teuvo Teravainen scored a goal in Game 2 vs. Boston, extending his point streak to three games.
  • James Reimer made his second appearance of the postseason in Game 2 vs Boson, improving his record to 2-0. This marks the third time in franchise postseason history that two goaltenders each picked up multiple wins in a postseason.
  • Important programming note: Today’s matinee is the national game on NBC, and there will not be local coverage on Fox Sports Carolinas, nor will they air a pre-game or post-game show. Mike Maniscalco and Tripp Tracy will handle the radio broadcast for 99.9 The Fan.

Lines and Rosters

Carolina Hurricanes

The Hurricanes will be donning their black alternate jerseys today as they begin their “home ice advantage” stint. We don’t know much about Brind’Amour’s lineup for tomorrow, but we can probably assume that it won’t change too much. We’re unsure of Joel Edmundson’s status, and whether or not he or Jake Gardiner will draw back in today.

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 - Trevor van Riemsdyk

James Reimer (unofficial)
Petr Mrazek

Boston Bruins

The Bruins were missing a major offensive piece on Thursday in David Pastrnak. Head coach Bruce Cassidy indicated that the team is “targeting” his return to the lineup in Game 3. If Pastrnak is unable to go, Anders Bjork will likely draw in on the top line again.

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 - Connor Clifton

Tuukka Rask
Jaroslav Halak

Storm Advisory