Carolina Hurricanes (10-6-4, 24 points) at
Boston Bruins (17-3-0, 34 points)
November 25, 2022 — 1:00 p.m. EST
TD Garden — Boston, MA
Watch: NHL Network, Bally Sports South
Listen: 99.9 The Fan
SBN Opposition: Stanley Cup of Chowder
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- It’s no secret, but as a reminder for those hiding under a rock: the Carolina Hurricanes are playing abysmal hockey right now as they have lost four games in a row, seven of their last nine, sit at real life .500 (10 wins and 10 losses) coming out of Thanksgiving, and had one of their worst performances of the Rod Brind’Amour era on Wednesday night.
- On the other side, the Boston Bruins are the best team in the NHL by a long shot. They had a seven game winning streak snapped on Wednesday night by the Panthers but are a perfect 11-0-0 at home this year.
- This game feels like it’s a great opportunity for the Hurricanes to turn all of their bad fortunes around and start a new wave of momentum post-turkey day. It also feels like it could get out of hand fast and further sink the feelings of everyone in Raleigh.
- As of Thursday night there was no update on Antti Raanta nor had the team called up Zach Sawchenko from Chicago. Raanta was pulled from his expected start on Wednesday before warm-ups and having an issue in the morning skate and was noticeably absent from the bench during the game.
- Pyotr Kochetkov faced the Bruins twice last year in the playoffs coming in for Raanta in relief during at 5-2 Carolina victory where he famously slashed Brad Marchand. His first ever playoff start was a 4-2 loss two nights later.
- David Pastrnak is currently setting the league on fire with 30 points in 20 games. Hampus Lindholm is also making his Norris candidacy case known with 18 points in 20 games played.
- In net, Linus Ullmark is 13-1-0 with a 1.96 GAA for Boston.
- Carolina’s atrocious powerplay will face a tall task against Boston who’s penalty kill unity is second in the league at 85.7%.
- Last year was only the second time in franchise history that the Hurricanes swept the Bruins in the regular season going 3-0-0 including two shutouts.
- Evaluating the best plays from the first quarter of the Carolina Hurricanes’ season. [Canes Country]
- In case you missed it, the Canes signed Pyotr Kochetkov to a four-year extension. [Canes Country]
- Brent Burns’ transition to Hurricanes eased by a great pairing with Jaccob Slavin. [The Athletic $]
- We had a goalie fight right here in North Carolina!
Goalie Fight! Boris Babik of the Carolina Thunderbirds drops the gloves with Blake Weyrick of the Mississippi Sea Wolves. These teams are members of the Federal Prospects Hockey League.#KreidsMeARiver#FTPH pic.twitter.com/JUkg58vznC— Freeze the Puck Hockey (@FTPH_) November 20, 2022
- The New York Rangers have traded Ryan Reaves to the Minnesota Wild. [NHL]
- It’s time for a change to the NHL-CHL transfer agreement. [THN]
- New Jersey Devils fans expressed their displeasure with three goals being disallowed after video review by throwing trash on to the ice Wednesday night. [USA Today]