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First Round Series Preview: Hurricanes vs. Bruins

Preview of Hurricanes Bruins Series

The Carolina Hurricanes will face the Boston Bruins in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Carolina defeated the New York Rangers in a three-game sweep in the Return-to-Play qualifying round. The Bruins lost their last round-robin match against the Washington Capitals, giving them the fourth seed in the East. The Bruins finished the league’s regular season with the best record and won the President’s Trophy. Below is a preview of how the Hurricanes and Bruins series match-up against each other.

TV Schedule and Times

Tuesday – Game 1: Boston vs. Carolina at 8 p.m. (NESN, NBCSN, 98.5 FM)

Thursday- Game 2: Boston vs. Carolina at 8 p.m. (NESN, NBCSN, 98.5 FM)

Saturday – Game 3: Boston vs. Carolina at noon (NBC, 98.5 FM)

Monday Aug. 17 – Game 4: Boston vs. Carolina at 8 p.m. (NESN, NBCSN, 98.5 FM)

Wednesday Aug. 19 – Game 5: Boston vs. Carolina at TBA

Thursday Aug. 20 – Game 6: Boston vs. Carolina at TBA

Sunday. Aug. 23 -Game 7: Boston vs. Carolina at TBA

All games are at Scotiabank Arena with no fans.

Game one of the series was delayed as the game went into an astonishing fourth overtime! The game was delayed so long that the NHL had to move the first game of the Hurricanes/Bruins game to 11:00 AM the next day.

The round robin format of the qualifying round of the Return to Play format saw plenty of results that a “normal” season’s playoffs would not. The fact that the Bruins were swept by the Capitals after winning the President’s Trophy, while not unheard-of, is surprising.

Bruins vs. Hurricanes before the Pause

The two teams only met one time due to the COVID-19 pause. The Bruins defeated the Hurricanes by a score of two to zero in their lone meeting. Charlie Coyle scored the game-winning goal with just over four minutes left in the third period and David Krejci added an empty-net goal just over a minute later.

Young Hurricanes Look to Build on Return to Play Opening Series

Jaroslav Halak, the backup goalie for the Bruins, was in net for the Bruins on that night and stopped all 24 shots that he faced. This was the 500th game of the 35-year-old’s career. It is difficult to glean any information from this game as Tuukka Rask will likely be the starter for the series.

Andrei Svechnikov was clearly the best player for the Hurricanes against the Rangers. Scoring the first hat trick in the Hurricane’s franchise history in game two, Svechnikov is only just beginning to realize the talent the team saw when they drafted him second overall in the 2018 NHL entry draft.

Sebastian Aho is another young player who seemingly thrives in big moments. His head coach, Rod Brind’Amour called the 23-year-old Finn “an elite player. How much more can you expect from him? I don’t know. I think he’s getting better and better.”

This is something that should worry Boston, especially with how he wrapped up the series against the Rangers. Aho assisted on three goals as the Hurricanes defeated the Rangers to complete the sweep.

Via @brett_finger

Svechnikov and Aho need to have another stellar series if they are going to get past the Bruins. The Hurricanes have had plenty of time to recharge their batteries and heel from the injuries that have piled up as a result of the series against the Rangers.

Even though the Hurricanes are the younger, arguably more talented team, the Bruins won the President’s Trophy. There is something to be said for having playoff experience. Boston has won six Stanley Cups, whereas the Hurricanes have won only one.

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Andrew Walsh, Hockey Editor
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