Boston hosts Carolina after Pastrnak’s 2-goal game
Carolina Hurricanes (31-10-3, first in the Metropolitan) vs. Boston Bruins (26-15-3, fourth in the Atlantic)
Boston; Thursday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: The Carolina Hurricanes visit Boston after David Pastrnak scored two goals in the Bruins’ 4-2 loss to the Penguins.
The Bruins are 16-9-1 against Eastern Conference opponents. Boston is third in the Eastern Conference with 35.2 shots per game and is averaging 3.0 goals.
The Hurricanes are 15-7-2 in conference matchups. Carolina ranks sixth in the NHL averaging 6.1 assists per game, led by Tony DeAngelo with 0.8.
In their last matchup on Jan. 18, Carolina won 7-1. DeAngelo recorded a team-high 3 points for the Hurricanes.
TOP PERFORMERS: Patrice Bergeron leads the Bruins with a plus-nine in 43 games this season. Pastrnak has eight goals and seven assists over the last 10 games for Boston.
Sebastian Aho leads the Hurricanes with 19 goals and has 46 points. Andrei Svechnikov has five goals and eight assists over the last 10 games for Carolina.
LAST 10 GAMES: Bruins: 5-4-1, averaging 2.6 goals, 4.6 assists, 4.7 penalties and 11.2 penalty minutes while giving up 3.6 goals per game with an .873 save percentage.
Hurricanes: 7-2-1, averaging 3.7 goals, 6.6 assists, 4.1 penalties and 8.5 penalty minutes while giving up 2.7 goals per game with a .912 save percentage.
INJURIES: Bruins: Tuukka Rask: day to day (lower body).
Hurricanes: Teuvo Teravainen: day to day (undisclosed), Jesperi Kotkaniemi: out (covid-19).