Just the facts
- When: Tonight, 8 PM (pending the Lightning and Blue Jackets and their propensity for extra hockey)
- Where: ScotiaBank Arena - Toronto, ON
- How to follow: NESN, NBCSN, 98.5 The Sports Hub
- Rival SBN site: Canes Country
Know your Enemy
Keeping regular season stats for now....
- Sebastian Aho: 38G, 28A, 66 PTS; Teuvo Teravainen: 15G, 48A, 63PTS; Andrei Svechnikov: 24G, 37A, 61PTS; Dougie Hamilton: 14G, 26A, 40PTS
- Petr Mrazek: 21-16-2, 2.69 GAA, .905 save percentage; James Reimer: 14-6-2, 2.66 GAA, .914 save percentage
I do also want to revive the fact (yeah, yesterday feels like a long time ago) that Svechnikov tried the lacrosse move in Game 1. Brandon Carlo had him covered at the time, but... what if he does it this series?
- As Dan alluded to in the Game 1 preview, it’s a weird time to be engaging with hockey. I have an early August birthday, so having playoff hockey begin back AFTER that was... strange. Nevermind a game getting postponed from the UNGODLY hour of 8pm, to the next morning at 11?! ARE YOU MAD?!?! 2020 can go spelunking with a cinder block.
- I also felt this was worth re-hashing: that very unusual non-call-for-Boston that led to Charlie Coyle’s goal ... should have been pulled back, I think. The officials made a good observation on the negation of the hand pass, that would have left a loose puck live after Mrazek’s contact. I, personally, thought that puck was under his glove and should’ve been assumed-dead if not blown dead with the whistle. I suppose it’s up for debate as to how long a puck should be under a glove before it’s deemed frozen. Rod Brind’Amour did his best Torts impression to oppose the ruling, and was fined for it. Did I mention I missed hockey?
- Svechnikov, Aho, and Teravainen were all on their games yesterday. They’re a lot younger than the core of the Bruins. I wonder if we will see some more time for the younger legs on the B’s back end, to counter the Canes’ youth. Specifically, i’d like to see just a little more of the Krug/Carlo pairing at 5v5, or maybe just for a couple shifts, Carlo paired with McAvoy.
- Through two periods, the Bruins controlled possession, but they looked very mistake-prone in the third. The B’s really recovered in the first overtime, and were much better at gaining the offensive zone, so they were well-primed going into the second OT. I do think their main directive is to dump and try to tire out the Canes’ defense. Carolina adapted well at first, only to see a really deep forecheck from Boston, all but eliminating any sort of rest or reset.
- All those in favor of playing Halak over Rask, show yourselves. I think he should play because we’re in back-to-back games where freshness is crucial, and the tandem was as good this year as ever.
Keep your seatbelt on, these NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs sponsored by Corona(virus) are not going to get any less exciting!