The Carolina Hurricanes and Boston Bruins take the ice on Sunday for Recreation 4 of their first-round playoff series (12:30 ET, ESPN), because the Bruins hope to knot issues up at two video games apiece whereas the Canes need to deliver a 3-1 lead again house for Recreation 5.
To assist get you prepared for the sport, we have put collectively a information on all the important thing gamers to observe for every crew, together with in-depth statistical insights from ESPN Stats & Data, in addition to paths to victory for every membership, courtesy of Kristen Shilton and Greg Wyshynski. Shilton and Wyshynski additionally give their last rating predictions.
The Stanley Cup playoffs return to ESPN networks in 2022: ESPN and ESPN2 will likely be broadcasting first- and second-round video games, with one convention finals sequence on ESPN and the Cup finals on ABC.
Path to victory: Carolina’s finest gamers must play prefer it. There wasn’t sufficient star energy from the Hurricanes in Friday’s Recreation 3 loss, and Boston lastly took benefit due to massive performances from its personal top-tier skills like David Pastrnak. Carolina did nicely within the sequence’ first two video games to restrict how a lot area the likes of Pastrnak and Taylor Hall needed to make performs, and after an honest first interval on Friday, Carolina appeared to wilt when the ice tilted in Boston’s favor.
Profitable playoff groups are most frequently these that may deal with momentum swings. This can be a main take a look at for the Hurricanes to interact their prime six once more, assist whichever netminder is within the crease by means of stronger positional protection and, finally, simply play to their strengths from there. Carolina has all of the instruments. To place Boston on the ropes on this best-of-seven the Hurricanes must wield them with confidence once more. — Kristen Shilton
Insights from ESPN Stats & Data:
Groups that take a 2-1 lead in a best-of-seven sequence maintain a sequence file of 369-158 (.700), together with a 7-4 mark within the 2021 Stanley Cup playoffs (4-2 within the first spherical of the 2021 playoffs). The Hurricanes are 3-0 in best-of-seven sequence when having a 2-1 sequence lead and successful Recreation 4, and are 2-3 in best-of-seven sequence when having a 2-1 sequence lead and shedding Recreation 4.
Nino Niederreiter has three targets in three video games, at present probably the most amongst Hurricanes gamers in the course of the playoffs. His three targets to date are the second most he has had in a playoff run, behind his 4 targets in 10 video games with Minnesota in the course of the 2015 playoffs.
The Bruins and Hurricanes have already made historical past this sequence, because it grew to become the primary sequence in Stanley Cup playoffs historical past wherein a number of video games have opposing goaltenders every making their first profession playoff begin: Linus Ullmark (BOS) and Antti Raanta (CAR), who every did so in Recreation 1, whereas Jeremy Swayman (BOS) and Pyotr Kochetkov (CAR) did so in Recreation 3.
Main playoff scorer: Brad Marchand (one purpose, three assists)
Path to victory: Take what occurred in Recreation 3, rinse and repeat. Coach Bruce Cassidy reunited his prime line of Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron with David Pastrnak. They produced an even-strength purpose and thrived with out the Hurricanes matching Jordan Staal‘s checking line to counter them. Staal was on the ice for 8:16 in opposition to Marchand in Recreation 2; in Recreation 3, with the Bruins having the final change, they shared the ice for only one:30. In the meantime, the Bergeron line was matched in opposition to Sebastian Aho‘s prime line and shut it out.
Past that, rookie goalie Jeremy Swayman must be as competent as he was in Recreation 3. For the third straight recreation, Carolina scored the primary purpose; however for the primary time, the Bruins did not permit a second purpose throughout the subsequent three minutes to start out the snowball rolling down the hill. Robust play from the veterans, good teaching and the special-teams benefit. Try this once more, and it is a good sequence. — Greg Wyshynski
Insights from ESPN Stats & Data:
Marchand and Bergeron have each discovered the web throughout this playoff sequence, and are inching nearer to the franchise file for many targets within the playoffs by a Bruins participant (55, Cam Neely).
Marchand’s purpose in Recreation 3 was his fifteenth profession playoff go-ahead purpose. The one gamers with extra in Bruins historical past are David Krejci (19), Rick Middleton (17) and Johnny Bucyk (17).
The Bruins have an all-time file of 114-27-17 in the course of the common season when Pastrnak, Marchand and Bergeron all file some extent. Throughout the 2021-22 common season, the Bruins had a file of 19-4-1 when these three all recorded some extent.
Remaining rating predictions
Kristen Shilton: Hurricanes, 4-2
Greg Wyshynski: Bruins, 4-3