Start on time
The puck drop for this game is at 7 PM EST. Carolina needs to turn up on time. They cannot afford a slow start as we saw against Toronto. We know this team is capable of starting games on time. We’ve seen this team put games to bed inside the first 5 minutes before. We know that this is a very capable group of players who can play.
If Carolina is resting or trying to conserve energy through the first period, this game could be out of reach. PNC Arena has always been a little bit of a fortress under this coaching team, but the Boston Bruins have proved to know the secrets to win here and if they start early after their game yesterday, this could be trouble.
Be ready from the opening drop, make sure your first pass is clean, your first hit makes contact, your first shot is on target. Start as you mean to go on, and make sure that no matter what, you do not let a tired team like the Bruins get any form of respite. Everyone knows that this Bruins team has frailties. Expose them early, when they’re tired. This game will get easier as it goes on.
Well, that’s the three keys to this game folks! As I said, 7 PM EST is the time the game is supposed to start. This is the first game of a back-to-back, so I will be doing the takeaways piece tomorrow alongside the keys to the Chicago game, so please be lenient with me if it’s a little late, but for now, thank you for reading, and LET’S GO CANES!