The Best of the Day preview hits the ice with NHL tips for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Carolina Hurricanes and Boston Bruins.
12:00 (AEST) @ PNC Arena, Raleigh
History: Played 58: Bruins 32 V Hurricanes 26
History: May 13, 2019: Bruins 6 d Hurricanes 2 at TD Garden
Final Thoughts: The Carolina Hurricanes head home hoping to rescue their Eastern Conference Finals campaign. They were subjected to a pair of convincing defeats on the road to the Boston Bruins and trail 2-0.
— Carolina Hurricanes (@NHLCanes) May 14, 2019
The Hurricanes, in the NHL playoffs for the first time since 2009, reached the Conference Finals by upsetting the Capitals (4-3) and Islanders (4-0).
But they crashed 5-2 to the Bruins in Game 1 and suffered a 6-2 loss in Game 2.
The Bruins scored four unanswered goals in the third period of the series after the Hurricanes had built a 2-1 lead.
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) May 10, 2019
But the second match was a blowout, the Bruins surging to a 6-0 advantage before the visitors nabbed a couple of late consolation efforts.
Matt Grzelcyk scored twice for Boston, while Charlie Coyle and Torey Krug both racked up three assists.
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) May 13, 2019
The Bruins have now won seven of their last eight against the Hurricanes. But the Hurricanes did chalk up a 5-3 victory in their last home encounter with the Bruins in December.
Eight of the teams’ last nine clashes have produced seven goals or more.
Goaltending is an obvious weakness for the Hurricanes at present. Petr Mrazek has let in 10 goals on 52 shots in two games.
Carolina will be more competitive on their home rink, where they have won their last seven games. But Boston are 4-2 on the road in these playoffs and are tough to resist as underdogs on current form.
"It’s a big one. Momentum changes pretty quickly in playoffs. It’s a big difference between being up 3-0 or 2-1."
🎥 David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron speak ahead of Game 3 of the ECF: pic.twitter.com/oy3AYqnt7A
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) May 14, 2019