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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Boston Bruins: Game 4 Preview, Storm Advisory

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The Hurricanes look to rally back from a 2-1 deficit tonight as they take on the Bruins in Game 4 without Andrei Svechnikov.

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Boston Bruins at Carolina Hurricanes John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Hurricanes take on the Bruins in Game 4 tonight as they look to capitalize on “home ice” advantage and even up the series. They will be taking the ice tonight without superstar winger Andrei Svechnikov, who fell awkwardly in Game 3 on Saturday and suffered an apparent leg injury.


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 Canes will be taking the ice without top line winger Andrei Svechnikov, who fell awkwardly in Game 2 and suffered an apparent leg injury. The injury looked fairly serious, but initial MRI results are not a worst case scenario, according to Luke DeCock.
  • The Bruins held an optional skate yesterday, which David Pastrnak attended. The 24-year-old winger has been out of the lineup since Game 1, and Bruins Head Coach Bruce Cassidy mentioned that the likelihood of him returning to the ice tonight is “50-50 at best.”
  • Pastrnak’s replacement in Anders Bjork played just seven minutes in Game 2, and managed to commit three minor penalties in the process. It will be interesting to see what Cassidy chooses to do should Pastrnak be ruled unfit to play again tonight.
  • Sebastian Aho’s five -ame point streak (3g, 7a) ended on Saturday in Game 3. The young center came out of the gates hot against New York, but has had a harder time creating offense in this series when his primary matchup has been the Patrice Bergeron line.
  • Justin Williams played his 45th career Hurricanes playoff game in Game 3, passing Kevin Dineen for the eighth-most playoff games played in franchise history. He’s the fifth-oldest player to appear in a postseason game in franchise history. Unfortunately for Williams, it’s going to be hard to climb to the top of that list with a name like Gordie Howe in the mix.

Storm Advisory

  • How Manny Malhotra has become one of the NHL’s most promising young coaches: [Sportsnet]
  • Kevin Pollock, the referee injured in Game 2 on the same play as Svechnikov, has an injury update:
  • The Flyers happily welcomed Oskar Lindblom back to practice yesterday.
  • Matt Filipe — a Hurricanes 3rd round draft pick in 2016 — signed an Entry Level Contract with the Boston Bruins on Sunday.