Preview: November 25 in Boston

RALEIGH, NC. – The Carolina Hurricanes open another back-to-back set of games with a Friday afternoon matinee against the Boston Bruins.

When: Friday Nov 25

Puck drop: 1 p.m. EST

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Canes record: 10-6-4 (24 points, T-3rd, Metropolitan Division)

Cane’s last game: 4-0 loss to the Arizona Coyotes on Wednesday, November 23

Bruins record: 17-3-0 (34 points, 1st, Atlantic Division)

Bruins last game: 5-2 loss to the Florida Panthers on Wednesday, November 23

NEWS & NOTES:

Last Timeout: The Canes’ battle on goalscoring added another chapter on Wednesday night as the Arizona Coyotes kept them off the scoreboard. Carolina defeated their opponent 11-1 in the first period, but it was the ‘Yotes who had a 1-0 lead. It was the beginning of what would be a 36-save shutout for Karel Vejmelka, who now has a .944 save percentage (SV%) in three career games against Carolina. The only highlight of the evening for the home side came through a candidate for Save of the Year from netminder Pyotr Kochetkov.

Video: [email protected]: Kochetkov robs Boyd with frenzied rescue

Going through a rough patch: Since the team’s 7-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday, November 11 at the PNC Arena, the Canes have scored 10 goals. The team is 1-2-3 during the run, with their lone victory over the Chicago Blackhawks last Monday.

Looking for the power: A glaring problem during the team’s slip is their power play, which is 0-for-20 since the win against Edmonton. Their success has fallen to just 13.5% on the season, placing them 30th in the league.

It’s not all bad though: One of the many elements of frustration during Canes’ recent skid is that they did a good job of keeping the puck out of their net. During the same six-game stretch mentioned earlier, they allowed only 10 goals conceded at five-a-side. In total, they only gave up 17. Only 10 teams in the league have allowed fewer over the course of that period.

Net: Pyotr Kochetkov’s start on Wednesday came in a last minute twist after that Anti Raanta “got nicked” on a Wednesday morning skate. Raanta was supposed to have the net for Carolina after Kochetkov played the previous two games for Carolina, but instead he was the backup for the game. Kochetkov became the first goalkeeper to start three consecutive games for Rod Brind’Amour’s club due to the injury, but as a sign of good news, Raanta was able to practice with the team on Thursday.

Injury report: Forward Ondrej Kase has been on concussion protocol since October 13. Goalkeeper Frederick Andersen (lower body injury) was placed on injured reserve on November 10, retroactive to November 6 Teuvo Teravainen (upper body injury) was placed on injured reserve on November 11, retroactive to November 10. However, Teravainen and Max Pacioretty, who tore his Achilles tendon in August, have been skating together lately.

On the other hand: The Bruins have had an exceptional start to the season, despite missing Brad Marchand and Charlie McAvoy for part of it. Star striker David Pastrnak has been fantastic with a whopping 30 points in 20 games. Netminder Linus Ullmark posts a 13-1 record with a best .935 save percentage of any qualifying goalie. Their special teams were outstanding, with the NHL’s third-best power play (30.3%) and second-best penalty kill (85.7%). They also average 4.05 goals per game as the best in the league and 2.25 goals allowed per game as the lowest in the league.

ADDITIONAL NOTES:

What do we wear?: The Canes will wear their black uniforms because Boston will wear their white Reverse Retro sweaters.

AFTER THE LAST HORN:

The team will travel back to Raleigh immediately after the game to prepare for a Saturday afternoon showdown at the PNC Arena against the Calgary Flames.


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