Coming off the back of a 4-3 defeat in which we saw both the best and the worst of the Carolina Hurricanes and their team, we now get to watch the Canes take on the Boston Bruins in a potential preview of the first round of the playoffs. Boston will be without some major pieces and the Canes will be getting one of their best players back, but this will not be as straightforward as it seems.
Historically, the Carolina Hurricanes have not had a great time when they have met the Bruins. With the Bruins coming to the end of their Stanley Cup contention window, the Hurricanes now have a chance to make amends for all of those losses and push back for all the abuse they have suffered in their existence. They have a chance to get back to winning ways after the all-star break.
We know that Carolina’s star Danish netminder will get the nod from his coach for this one, and we know that the Bruins have lost their legendary netminder who is struggling on the season to retirement after 15 years as a Bruin. Boston looks more and more like they are in the transition back to having to rebuild and Carolina is trying to become a Stanley Cup contender.
We know that the canes are the better of the two teams according to the standings and to the fans but that is why games are played. Carolina will need to exploit this rather toothless Bruins attack and get the lead early. If you can force them to chase the game when they are missing two of their best forward, you give yourself a great chance to win the game. Get the lead and run with it, it will make the Bruins exploit energy they don’t have as an older team, and will make them easier to break down over time.