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Preview: Bruins look to take stranglehold on series in Game 4

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A 3-1 series sounds a lot better than a 2-2 series.

Boston Bruins v Carolina Hurricanes - Game Three Photo by Elsa/Getty Images

(As has been the case throughout the Return to Play, this preview will take the place of the Morning Skate. Discuss as you will.)

Just the facts

  • When: Tonight, 8 PM
  • Where: ScotiaBank Arena - Toronto, ON
  • How to follow: NESN, NBCSN (outside of New England), CBC, TVAS, SN, 98.5 The Sports Hub
  • Rival SBN site: Canes Country

Know your enemy

  • Sebastian Aho: 3G, 7A, 10PTS in 6 games; Andrei Svechnikov: 4G, 3A, 7PTS in 6 games; Teuvo Teravainen: 2G, 2A, 4PTS in 6 games; Martin Necas: 1G, 3A, 4PTS in 6 games
  • James Reimer: 2-0-0, 1.50 GAA, .959 save percentage

Game notes

  • There are two big questions heading into tonight’s game, both surrounding “will he play?” David Pastrnak and Andrei Svechnikov both suffered injuries earlier in the series, the Svechnikov’s looking a bit more serious. At this point, the likeliest scenario appears to involve both being out.
  • Hey, at least we can have a game without a goalie controversy! For the Bruins, that is. For Carolina, I truly do not understand why Petr Mrazek started Game 3. James Reimer was good in Game 2, got his team the win, and has been great in the playoffs. Why go back to a guy who has played worse? Mrazek certainly wasn’t the issue for Carolina in Game 3, but it still seems like a weird decision.
  • It will be interesting to see what Bruce Cassidy does with his lineup, regardless of Pastrnak’s status. If Pastrnak is back, of course, he’ll have to take a forward out, which would likely result in some shuffling throughout the lineup. However, if Pastrnak is still out, he’s got some other decisions to make. Does Nick Ritchie draw back in? Does Connor Clifton get another look? Should Jack Studnicka stay in? THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS.
  • When previewing this series, I thought the middle six forwards would likely decide things. Through 3 games, the Bruins have 5 goals from their middle six: 2 from David Krejci, 2 from Charlie Coyle, and 1 from Sean Kuraly. The Hurricanes have just two, and one was Nino Niederreiter’s gift from Jaroslav Halak yesterday.
  • Thus far in the series, Carolina only has one 5v5 goal that was scored by a forward (Svechnikov’s in Game 2). The Bruins have 4, but all 4 were scored in Game 1. Interestingly, 8 of the 16 goals scored in this series have come on special teams.

See ya tonight!