We will have some first round Eastern Conference NHL action on Saturday afternoon as we have the Boston Bruins and the Carolina Hurricanes squaring off inside of PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina. This will be interesting as it is Game 7 and the winner advances to the second round of the playoffs. The puck drops at 430pm EST.
Boston StrongIt will be do or die for the Bruins on Saturday as they travel to Carolina for game 7 against the Hurricanes. The Bruins are 0-3 in Carolina thus far in the playoffs and will need to steal a road win in order to advance in the Eastern Conference playoffs. They are being led by left winger Brad Marchand so far and has been doing well with the Bruins scoring 11 points in this series. The Bruins took game six 5-2 to force a game 7. The Bruins will need to find a way to score on the road to take game 7. Boston has scored 14 goals in the three games at home but just 4 goals on the road.
Leading their scoring output in game 6 was Marchand, who finished with four assists in the game and was one of three players to score at least three points. The defense has to improve in this Game 7 as they are allowing 29.2 shot attempts against them and are giving up 3.50 goals per game, which is ninth in the sport. The defense needs to play like they did in the regular season to win here.
Eye of the HurricanesThe Carolina Hurricanes return home hoping to continue their home dominance in this first round matchup with Boston. They are being led by center Sebastian Aho so far and he has scored five points in the six games thus far in the first round. The Hurricanes have outscored Boston 15-4 so far at home and will look to continue that pace in game 7.
Right winger Andrei Svechnikov led the way for the Hurricanes offensively in the game as he scored a pair of goals, which made him the only player with multiple points scored. The defense needs to step up more consistently as they are allowing 33 shot attempts to fall against them and are giving up 3.00 goals, which is sixth in the NHL. They need to return to their offensive success at home in order to advance in the playoffs.
- Hurricanes are 5-0 in their last 5 after allowing 5 goals or more in their previous game.
- Hurricanes are 5-1 in their last 6 games following a loss of 3 or more goals.
- Bruins are 51-25 in their last 76 games playing on 1 days rest.