Carolina Hurricanes @ Boston Bruins l 5/1 l 7:30 ET l NESN l ECSF
08-09 Eastern Conference Semi-finals - Game 1
(6) Carolina Hurricanes
(Post Season Record: 4-3)
(Regular Season Record: 41-30-11, 93 pts)
(2nd in the Southeast Division, 6th in the Eastern Conference)
-------------------------------------------------- Head-to-Head Record: 0-4 Last Stanley Cup Win: 2006 Last Stanley Cup Final Appearance: 2006 Last Postseason Appearance: 2006 Players with Stanley Cup Rings: Ray Whitney (1), Rod Brind'Amour (1), Matt Cullen (1), Erik Cole (1), Chad LaRose (1), Anton Babchuk (1), Niclas Wallin (1), Frantisek Kaberle (1), Cam Ward (1)
(Post Season Record: 4-0)
(Regular Season Record: 53-19-10, 116 pts)
(1st in the Northeast Division, 1st in the Eastern Conference)
------------------------------------------------- Head-to-Head Record: 5-0-1 Last Stanley Cup Win: 1972 Last Stanley Cup Final Appearance: 1990 Last Postseason Appearance: 2008 Players with Stanley Cup Rings: Mark Recchi (2), Stephane Yelle (2), Aaron Ward (3), Shawn Thornton
Statistical keys to the series
- Boston ranked fourth in the league on the power play, with a 23.6% success rate. Carolina ranked 18th at 18.7%.
- Boston's power play ranked third in the first round of the playoffs, at 25.0%. Carolina ranked 14th at 6.9%.
- Boston ranked 12th in the league in penalty killing, with an 82.4% success rate. Carolina ranked 19th at 80.4%.
- Boston's penalty killing ranked first in the first round of the playoffs, with a 100% success rate. Carolina ranked fifth at 88.9%.
- Milan Lucic (262), Zdeno Chara (169) and Aaron Ward (151) were the Bruins' leading hitters in the regular season.
- Milan Lucic (13) and Shawn Thornton (8) were the Bruins' leading hitters in the first round.
- Tuomu Ruutu (228), Erik Cole (180) and Tim Gleason (171) were the Hurricanes' leading hitters in the regular season. Cole's totals include games with Edmonton.
- Tim Gleason (28), Tuomo Ruutu (21) and Erik Cole (21) were the Hurricanes' leading hitters in the first round.
- Patrice Bergeron is the Bruins' top face-off man -- 54.5% in the regular season, 59.3% in the first round.
- Rod Brind'Amour was the Hurricanes' top face-off man in the regular season -- 61.0%. Jussi Jokinen was best in the first round -- 55.0%.
- Boston's Marc Savard ranked sixth in the league with 63 assists.
- Boston's Marc Savard tied for ninth in the league with 88 points.
- Carolina's Eric Staal tied for fifth in the league with 40 goals.
- Carolina's Eric Staal is tied for the playoff lead with five goals after the first round. Boston's Michael Ryder and Phil Kessel are tied for third with four goals.
- Carolina's Chad LaRose is tied for third with five assists after the first round.
- Carolina's Eric Staal, Chad LaRose, Ray Whitney and Boston's Michael Ryder are tied for fifth with seven points after the first round.
- Boston's David Krejci is tied for the league lead at plus-6 through one round. Michael Ryder and Carolina's Joni Pitkanen are tied for fourth at plus-5.
- Boston's David Krejci and Blake Wheeler ranked first and second in the league at plus-37 and plus-36, respectively. Dennis Wideman ranked sixth at plus-32.
- Carolina's Eric Staal tied for seventh in the league with eight game-winning goals.
- Carolina's Eric Staal ranked second in the league with 372 shots on goal.
- David Krejci led the Bruins with seven points in four games against the Hurricanes this year.
- Ray Whitney led the Hurricanes with three points in four games against the Bruins this year.
This is the first 7:30 pm start at home all season, which I'm fine with since it allows me a lot of time to get there from work. And it's all because the league staggered it by a half hour so that it can be "joined in progress"....
Anyway, I've been looking forward to this game for only about a decade now.
Canes fan here. I might lurk around a bit and maybe have a comment or two. I must say what a great GDT! We surely have our work cut out for us, ya'll have one great team. Can't wait for the puck to drop.