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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Boston Bruins: Game Preview

The Canes face a tough test at home Thursday night, as the always dangerous Boston Bruins come to PNC Arena.

Carolina Hurricanes v Boston Bruins - Game Five Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean/NHLI via Getty Images

The 5-0 Carolina Hurricanes will face a tough test at home Thursday night, as the Canes welcome the Boston Bruins into PNC Arena for a matchup of teams with lofty aspirations.

The Canes are coming off a 4-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs in a game where Frederik Andersen knocked off his former team and moved to 5-0 himself. Will it be Andersen’s net once again Thursday night, or will Antti Raanta finally get the call? That remains to be seen.

The ever-dangerous Bruins come into the game 3-2-0, fresh off a Wednesday night loss against the Florida Panthers. Linus Ullmark got the start in net Wednesday, so there’s a good chance the Canes will see Jeremy Swayman Thursday night.

It’s always fun when two extremely talented teams playing great hockey get the chance to square off, and that’s what fans in PNC Arena will be treated to Thursday night.


Vital Statistics

Category Hurricanes Sabres
Category Hurricanes Sabres
Record 15-6-1 8-12-3
Goals/Game 3.14 2.91
Goals Against/Game 2.27 3.65
Shots/Game 33.68 29.13
Face Off Win % 53.7% 45.6%
Power Play % (Rank) 18.9% (15th) 20.0% (13th)
Penalty Kill % (Rank) 88.1% (3rd) 78.3% (24th)
ES Corsi For % 55.98% 48.32%
ES PDO 101.24 99.60
PIM/Game 09:16 07:21

Goaltender #1

Category Frederik Andersen Craig Anderson
Category Frederik Andersen Craig Anderson
Record 11-5-0 4-2-0
Save % .928 .921
GAA 2.05 2.49

Goaltender #2

Category Antti Raanta Dustin Tokarski
Category Antti Raanta Dustin Tokarski
Record 3-1-1 4-5-3
Save % .894 .903
GAA 2.49 3.28

Game Notes

  • The Canes have a 78-103-16-7 all-time record against the Bruins, with a 37-33-3-7 mark since relocation.
  • Both Sebastian Aho and Andrei Svechnikov have recorded a point in all five games so far this season.
  • Aho is also on a three-game goal streak, tied for the longest streak of his NHL career.
  • Frederik Andersen is the first goalie in Canes’ history and just the 11th goaltender in NHL history to register a win in his first five starts with a team. The NHL record is eight, held by George Hainsworth.
  • The last regular season game against the Bruins and Hurricanes came all the way back on Dec. 3, 2019, with the Bruins on the winning end of that one.