National Hockey League action on Sunday evening and we will see the Atlantic Division square off with the Metro Division as the Boston Bruins duke it out with the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Bruins enter this game off a 5-2 home win over the Predators, while Hurricanes will be playing on no rest as they have a home game against the Penguins on Saturday.
Bruins Keep The Preds Struggling
The Boston Bruins have started to put it together as they come in having won their last three games in a row and six of their last eight. They enter off a solid 5-2 home win over the Nashville Predators and have now outscored their last three foes by a count of 12-3. It looks as if the Atlantic Division is the toughest in the league this year. Boston is now at 20-16 on the year, but they are still in 4th place in the division and 12 points out of first. The Game was tied at 2-2 in the 3rd when the Bruins exploded for three goals in the final 8:37 of regulation. Scoring in the win was Patrice Bergeron, who scored twice and now has 11 on the year, Brad Marchand, which was his 12th, David Pastrnak, which was his 23rd and Sean Kuraly, which was his 2nd.
Grabbing the win against the Preds was Jaroslav Halak, who stopped 28 of the 30 shots that he faced to improve to 12-7 with a 2.19 GAA on the year. Tuukka Rask will be in the crease for this one and he has gone 8-9 with a 2.57 GAA and a .915 save percentage on the year, including 3-5 with a 2.67 GAA and a .917 save percentage on the road. In his career, he has gone 9-6 with a 2.10 GAA against the Hurricanes. Boston comes in ranked 23rd in scoring at 2.81 gpg and 1st in goals allowed at 2.53 gpg.
Panthers Fall To Wings At Home
The Carolina Panthers continue to struggle as they come in having lost seven of their last nine games after fall to the Detroit Red Wings at home on Thursday evening. The offense has been pretty bad of late as they have scored just 22 goals over their last 10 games. The Hurricanes will need to find their offense or they will continue to have a long year. As of this writing. they are in 6th place in the Metro Division with a 14-19 record. The game against the Wings was tied at 1-1 early in the 2nd, but it was all Detroit after that. Scoring their lone goal was Andrei Svechnikov, which was his 4th in his last four games and 10th of the year.
Curtis McElhinney will patrol the crease in this one and he has gone 7-4 with a 2.36 GAA and a .920 save percentage on the year, including 4-2 with a 2.01 GAA and a .932 save percentage here at home. In his career, he has gone 3-2 with a 1.91 GAA against the Bruins. The Hurricanes enter this game ranked 28th in the league in scoring at 2.55 gpg and 13th in goals allowed at 2.88 gpg.
- 7-19 in their last 26 in the third game of a 3-in-4 situation
- 13-38 in their last 51 vs. a team with a winning record
- 5-0 in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest
- 6-1 in their last 7 in the third game of a 3-in-4 situatio