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Game 5 preview: B’s face Hurricanes with a chance to move on to the second round

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The Boston Bruins look to close out the first-round series against the Carolina Hurricanes.

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

Just the facts

When: Today, 4 PM

Where: ScotiaBank Arena - Toronto, ON

How to follow: NESN, NBCSN, TVAS, SN, 98.5 The Sports Hub

Rival SBN site: Canes Country

Know your enemy

  • Sebastian Aho: 3G, 8A, 11PTS; Andrei Svechnikov: 4G, 3A, 7PTS; Teuvo Teravainen: 3G, 2A, 5PTS; Martin Necas: 1G, 3A, 4PTS
  • James Reimer: 2-1-0, 2.36 GAA, .934 save percentage; Petr Mrazek: 2-2-0, 2,09 GAA, .930 save percentage

Game notes

  • A third-period resurgence in Game 4 put the Bruins up 3-1 in the series, giving them a chance to close things out this afternoon. An obvious note, but one that’s only possible due to the Bruins outshooting the Hurricanes 16-2 that period Monday night. 16-2!!!!
  • David Pastrnak has been sidelined for the past three games with some sort of upper body injury, but ramped up his skating on Tuesday. The biggest question remains whether or not he will be ready to go for today or if he needs more time to heal. Up 3-1 in the series, it’s not a do-or-die situation, so the Bruins certainly shouldn’t rush to get him back in the lineup for this game.
  • For the Hurricanes, it’s not looking good for Andrei Svechnikov who was shown in a boot in the stands Monday night. The team hasn’t confirmed that he’s officially out for the series, but it certainly looks that way.
  • In this series, the Bruins have gotten at least a little scoring from each line. However, Brad Marchand and David Krejci are the two that have registered at least one point in each game so far. Marchand is on a three-game goal streak; since Game 1, he has notched three goals and four assists against the Hurricanes (three consecutive games with multiple points). Krejci also has at least a point in each game, with a total of two goals and four assists (registering multiple points in two consecutive games).
  • The biggest question with today’s lines will be who is the best fit for the other wing with Marchand and Patrice Bergeron. Anders Bjork has been given a decent look, but Bruce Cassidy has shown that he’s not afraid to push Bjork down the depth chart and move someone else up. Does Bjork get another chance to start the game up top, or does Cassidy go in another direction from the beginning?
  • Getting off to a decent start could be huge for the Bruins, as early partof last game felt sluggish. with no real sense of urgency until the third period. Given the manner in which the Bruins won Game 4, it’s not a huge stretch to say that a strong start could put Carolina away.

See ya at 4!