(1 million) Carolina Hurricanes vs (WC1) Boston Bruins
Tornadoes: 8-20-54, 116 points
Bruins: 51-26-5, 107 points
Season series: CAR 3-0-0; Boss 0-3-0
Game 1: Monday (7 p.m. ET; ESPN, BSSO, NESN, SN360, TVAS)
For the third time in four seasons, the Carolina Hurricanes and the Boston Bruins will meet in the Stanley Cup playoffs, and this time the Hurricanes believe they can emerge victorious.
Of course, so do Bruins.
The teams faced their first post-season in 2018-19, when the Bruins swept the Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference final, en route to losing the Stanley Cup Final in seven games to the St. Louis Blues. It was clear then that the Bruins were the better team.
They faced each other again in the 2019-20 playoffs, with Boston taking the first round series in five games, and they did not meet last season when both teams lost in the second round. Carolina lost in five games to Tampa Bay Lightning, and Boston in six games to New York Islanders.
Over the past three seasons, the Hurricanes have steadily improved to where they are now a legitimate Stanley Cup contender.
This season they finished with the second-highest point total in the Eastern Conference and third-highest in the NHL. The Florida Panthers (122 points) and Colorado Avalanches (119 points) are the only teams with more.
“One of the things I love about the group is that they all want to win, but they hate losing more than they love winning,” Carolina coach Rod Brend Amour said. “I think we had some losses, some pretty heavy losses, in the playoffs. I think that’s a catalyst, for sure…They know where we want to go.”
The series will feature two strong defenses against each other, with the Hurricanes first in the NHL in goals per game (2.44) and the Bruins fourth (2.66). But there’s an important caveat there: Carolina could lose the primary goalkeeper, Frederic Andersenwho sustained a lower body injury on April 16 against the Colorado Avalanche.
Andersen went 35-14-3 with 2.17 goals-to-average, 0.922 saves and four goals in 52 games (51 starts), and his performance was crucial to the team’s success. You are Rantawith whom Andersen won the William M Jennings Cup, awarded to goalkeepers who have played at least 25 games for the team allowing for the fewest goals during the regular season, and the rookie Peter Kochetkov He’ll turn the net until Andersen is ready to come back.
“Freddie does everything we asked of him and more,” Carolina General Manager Don Waddell said on Friday. “He works every day. He hasn’t been on the ice yet, so there’s no timetable for him to be on the ice.
“We don’t hang our hat. We will be ready to deal with anyone from this guy who gets called up for the first match.”
The equally inexperienced Bruins will be on target, deciding between them Linus Olmark or Jeremy Swayman Maybe one game after another.
But whoever goalkeeper is in any team’s goal, it should be a good game despite Carolina’s dominance of the regular season series. The Hurricanes defeated the Bruins 3-0 on October 28, 7-1 on January 18, and 6-0 on February 10.
“A strong team, of course,” Boston coach Bruce Cassidy said. “They made their way with us this year. It was some of that a while ago, and I think our team is in a much better place than when we played with them earlier in the year. So, we’re not going to take much stock in that.
“We’ve had success against them in the playoffs recently, and again, against two different teams, so you can’t take too much stock in that either.”
It’s a new season and a new series, and both teams are happy with what they’re bringing to the table – and what the series might hold for them.
“We love what we have there,” the Boston striker Charlie Coyle She said. “We’re really confident. We’re just eager to launch.”
Tornadoes: straight ahead Sebastian Aho Become a certified superstar, a player who can do everything and do it a lot. He’s a quick-scoring threat with defensive and driving abilities, and he can break open a game and chain. The 24-year-old has led the Hurricanes with 81 points (37 goals, 44 assists) in 79 games this season, just missing his NHL career high of 83 points in 2018-19. But the way he’s gone through to the playoffs has been even more impressive, averaging more than one point per game, with 35 points (14 goals, 21 assists) in 34 career games, and coming up consistently – regular season and post-season – when Hurricanes need to Paid.
Bruins: straight ahead David Pasternak It’s all flash, from the suits he’s wearing to how the disc is shredded, and when that flash is lit, there’s almost nothing to stop it. Pastrnak hadn’t come close to a peak two seasons ago, when he had 95 points and co-winnered the Rocket Richard Trophy award as the NHL top scorer with 48 goals, but he finished with 77 points (40 goals, 37 assists) in 72 games and hit the 40-goal mark for the second time. in his career.
Tornadoes: What was once the great force of hurricanes may no longer be true. Andersen is doubtful at the beginning of the series, so it could be a combination of Raanta and Kochetkov in the network. Veteran Ranta has been 15-5-4 with a 2.45 GAA, .912 savings percentage and two closings in 28 games (26 starts) this season, and has played in five playoffs, all in relief. Kochetkov, who was called up from Chicago in the American Hockey League on April 18, made his NHL debut five days later and went 3-0-0, with 2.42 GAA and .902 save percentages in three games (two eliminations).
Bruins: Over the past decade, the Bruins have gone to the playoffs with one name written in a permanent marker on their squad card: Tuukka Rask. This season, Cassidy will use the Pencil as he is expected to rely on his two guards, Swayman and Olmark. The goalkeeper’s split begins this season, and they’ve performed roughly evenly, resulting in a post-season period in which the net may be a game-to-game decision. Olmark was 26-10-2 with a 2.45 GAA and .917 save percentage in 41 games (39 starts). Swayman was 23-14-3 with a 2.41 GAA and .914 savings percentage in 41 games (39 starts).
Numbers to know
Tornadoes: Carolina crushed the rest of the field with a penalty kick, leading the National Hockey League with 88.0 percent. The team is led by a defenseman Jacob Slavin, who played the second-most reduced minutes of anyone in the league at 255:00 (Andrew Beck of the Columbus Blue Jackets came first with a time of 264:10). Pair a hot goalkeeper with a team full of participating kills, and you’ve got a recipe for success.
Bruins: The Bruins’ strength play percentage has been a respectable 21.2% this season, good for a 15th place in the NHL. But that masks the fact that Boston passed a 0-39 chance before Pastrnak scored his 15th power-playing goal, and 40th goal of the season, in a 5-0 win over the Buffalo Sabers on Thursday. Boston ended the season with a 1-1 fight with the man’s advantage on Friday with a 5-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Tornadoes: Tony D’Angelo It was a perfect fit with hurricanes. Defending man tied forward Vincent Trochek To get the fourth most points in the team with 51 (10 goals and 41 assists) and even a teammate Brendan Smith“He’s been our X factor,” said DeAngelo, who also played for the New York Rangers. That should continue in the playoffs.
Bruins: Cassidy took a risk when he broke from his top streak in January, moved Pasternak down and looked for a right winger to match. Brad Marchand And Patrice Bergeron. This player was found in Jake Debrosk, who has a chance to be a real presence in the postseason. DeBrusk landed the important role he dreamed of in Boston, racking up results supporting him with 42 points (25 goals, 17 assists) in 77 games and finishing with Bergeron in third place with the most goals in the team. If he continues the way he has been playing since February, he could be a key driver to Bruins’ success.
they said that
“Every series, every round – if we can go forward – is going to be tough. The hardest is probably the first round.” Hurricanes coach Rod Brentmore
“We have to be good defensively. That’s really who we are. It’s not something we have to change or do anything different, we just have to play that structure well. It’s fun. It’s fun to close other teams, especially our streak. We’re an offensive line, but when Being good on our end and getting the pucks back, the sky’s the limit. I think our whole team kind of buys into that.” Bruins forward Taylor Hall
He will win if…
Tornadoes: Their goal holds up. Whether Andersen returns to the first round or Carolina has to rely on a combination of Ranta and Kochikov, goal-guiding will be key to whether Carolina can finally beat the Bruins and advance to the second round.
Bruins: Bruins offense can progress. Boston is in the middle of the group when it comes to production, ranking 15th in the NHL with an average of 3.09 goals per game. But they have the potential to take off, with their top six players who can make some noise in the playoff series. Should they heat up – especially in a power game – all bets are off.
how do you look
Expected hurricane lineup
Andrei Svechnikov – Sebastian Aho – Seth Jarvis
Max Domy – Vincent Trochek – Tiofu Terrafenen
Nino Niedretter – Jordan Stahl – Jesper Fast
Jordan Martinock – Jesperi Kotkaniemi – Martin Nikas
Jacob Slavin – Tony D’Angelo
Brady Skji – Britt Pesci
Brendan Smith – Ian Col
You are Ranta
scratched: Ethan BurrAnd Stephen LorentzAnd Derek Stepan
Injured: Fredrik Andersen (lower body)
Predicted Bruins lineup
Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, Jake Debrowsk
Taylor Hall – Eric Hola – David Pasternak
Trent Frederick – Charlie Coyle – Craig Smith
Nick Foligno – Thomas Nozick – Curtis Lazar
Humpus Lindholm – Charlie McAvoy
Matt Gerzelec – Brandon Carlo
Derek Forport – Conor Clifton
scratched: Anton BledaAnd Jesper FrodenAnd Mark McLaughlinAnd Josh BrownAnd Mike Riley