3 Keys: Bruins at Hurricanes, Game 7 of Eastern First Round

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(1M) Hurricanes at (WC1) Bruins

4:30 p.m. ET; ESPN, SN360, SNE, SNW, SNP, TVAS, BSSO, NESN

Best-of-7 sequence tied 3-3

The Boston Bruins and Carolina Hurricanes every will attempt to advance to the Eastern Conference Second Round with a win in Game 7 of the primary spherical at PNC Arena on Saturday. 

The house staff has received every sport of the sequence; the Bruins received 5-2 at TD Garden on Thursday to pressure a deciding sport.

“What’s at stake is the biggest thing. Everything is on the line,” Boston captain Patrice Bergeron stated. “It’s a game of inches, and a bounce here or there can make a difference. What I’ve learned the most is to stay with it and stay the course from the first minute until the end.”

The Hurricanes have outscored the Bruins 15-4 within the three video games at PNC Arena.

“You don’t win a Game 7 unless you play your best,” Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour stated. “There’s nothing different in the game. The preparation is the same, it’s just that everything matters that much more.”

Home groups personal a 107-77 (.582) benefit within the 184 all-time Game 7s within the Stanley Cup Playoffs (2-1 in 2021).

 

[RELATED: Complete Bruins vs Hurricanes series coverage]

 

Here are 3 keys for Game 7:

1. Big sport goaltending

Boston’s Jeremy Swayman and Carolina’s Antti Raanta every will make his first begin in a deciding sport.

Swayman took over the web from Linus Ullmark in Game 3 after the Bruins fell behind 2-0 within the sequence. He allowed two objectives in every of Boston’s three home-ice wins, however gave up 4 objectives on 37 photographs in a 5-1 loss in Game 5 at PNC Arena. In 4 begins, he is 3-1 with a 2.51 goals-against common and .913 save proportion.

Raanta has been at his finest at house. He made 35 saves in a 5-1 win in Game 1 and 33 in a 5-1 win in Game 5; he made six saves with out permitting a objective in Game 2 earlier than leaving with an upper-body harm and being relieved by Pyotr Kochetkov. Raanta is 2-2 within the sequence with a 2.46 GAA and .926 save proportion in 5 begins for the Hurricanes.

“I think I’ve found a good consistent level,” Raanta stated. “Obviously everything comes down to tomorrow. So it’s one more time.”

2. Staying out of the penalty field 

Discipline could possibly be a decisive issue for every staff; Boston has taken 37 minor penalties, essentially the most of any playoff staff. Carolina has dedicated 30 (tied for fifth). The Bruins maintain a 6-5 benefit in power-play objectives.

“When you get evenly matched teams,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy stated, “there’s a couple instances a game that can turn the tide.”

Carolina scored twice in 9 power-play possibilities in a 5-2 win in Game 2, and Boston went 2-for-9 with the person benefit in a 5-2 win in Game 4.

“Like always, every game has come down to the special teams,” Hurricanes ahead Andre Svechnikov stated. “But also, you’ve got to play 5-on-5 really good.” 

3. Starting shortly

How essential is the primary objective in a Game 7? The staff that scores first is 138-46 (.750) within the 184 all-time Game 7s within the Stanley Cup Playoffs (3-0 in 2021).

Carolina scored the opening objective in every of the primary 5 video games.

“Scoring first would help,” Cassidy stated. “We’ve been close (in Carolina), just haven’t been able to finish. That’s a little bit of puck luck, that’s a little bit of determination. And then not getting rattled, no matter what happens. If they score first, we can’t let it bother us.” 

Bruins projected lineup

Brad Marchand — Patrice Bergeron — Jake DeBrusk

Taylor HallErik HaulaDavid Pastrnak

Trent FredericCharlie CoyleCraig Smith

Nick FolignoTomas NosekCurtis Lazar

Hampus LindholmCharlie McAvoy

Mike ReillyBrandon Carlo

Derek ForbortConnor Clifton

Jeremy Swayman

Linus Ullmark

Scratched: Matt Grzelcyk, Anton Blidh, Chris Wagner, Josh Brown

Injured: None

Hurricanes projected lineup

Andrei SvechnikovSebastian AhoSeth Jarvis

Max DomiVincent TrocheckTeuvo Teravainen

Nino NiederreiterJordan StaalJesper Fast

Martin NecasJesperi KotkaniemiDerek Stepan

Jaccob SlavinTony DeAngelo

Brady SkjeiBrett Pesce

Brendan SmithIan Cole

Antti Raanta

Pyotr Kochetkov

Scratched: Ethan Bear, Steven Lorentz

Injured: Frederik Andersen (decrease physique), Jordan Martinook (decrease physique)

Status report

The Hurricanes will costume the identical lineup they utilized in a 5-2 loss in Game 6 on Thursday. … Skjei didn’t apply on Friday however is anticipated to play. … Martinook skated Friday however is not going to play; the ahead left within the second interval of Game 3 after a collision with Hall. 


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