After splitting the opening two games of the series, Boston has won back-to-back meetings, including coming from behind Monday night with a four-goal third period to grab a two-game advantage.
The Canes will again be missing Andrei Svechnikov and Joel Edmundson Wednesday, but should have Jordan Staal, who missed a big chunk of game four after taking a heavy hit from Charlie McAvoy, on the ice.
Boston meanwhile has been without leading scorer David Pastrnak, who hasn’t played since game one of the series. Pastrnak practiced with the team Tuesday, and it seems he could be back on the ice for game five.
Neither team has officially announced a starting goaltender, though Jaroslav Halak is likely a safe bet to be in net for the Bruins. James Reimer got the game-four start for the Hurricanes, though things unraveled pretty quickly in an ugly third period. Rod Brind’Amour has rotated goalies so far in the series, so there’s a good chance it’ll be Petr Mrazek Wednesday evening.
- We won’t know these for sure until later this afternoon, but here’s a projected lineup based on the lines from game four. Brind’Amour has been mixing things up quite a bit over the course of the series, so there could definitely be some changes.
Jordan Martinook - Sebastian Aho - Teuvo Teravainen
Ryan Dzingel - Vincent Trochek - Justin Williams
Warren Foegele - Jordan Staal - Brock McGinn
Nino Niederreiter - Morgan Geekie - Martin Necas
Jaccob Slavin - Dougie Hamilton
Brady Skjei - Sami Vatanen
Jake Gardiner - Haydn Fleury
- Also nothing official yet on Boston’s lineup, but here’s how things would likely stack up assuming Pastrnak’s return to the ice.
Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - David Pastrnak
Jake DeBrusk - David Krejci - Ondrej Kase
Sean Kuraly - Charlie Coyle - Jack Studnicka
Joakim Nordstrom - Par Lindholm - Chris Wagner
Zdeno Chara-Charlie McAvoy
Torey Krug-Brandon Carlo
Matt Grzelcyk-Connor Clifton