Boston looks to secure conference finals against Carolina in game 4
Raleigh, North Carolina; Thursday, 8 p.m. EDT
EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS: Boston leads series 3-0
BOTTOM LINE: The Boston Bruins look to clinch the Eastern Conference finals over the Carolina Hurricanes in game four. The teams meet Thursday for the seventh time this season. The Bruins won the last meeting 2-1.
The Hurricanes are 27-21-4 against conference opponents. Carolina leads the NHL shooting 34.4 shots per game while averaging 3.0 goals.
The Bruins have gone 20-15-6 away from home. Boston averages 9.7 penalty minutes per game, the second-most in the NHL. Brad Marchand leads the team serving 96 total minutes.
DURING THE PLAYOFFS: Bruins: Averaging 3.3 goals, 5.4 assists, 3.2 penalties and 6.5 penalty minutes while giving up 2.1 goals per game with a .937 save percentage.
Hurricanes: Averaging 2.8 goals, 5.0 assists, 3.9 penalties and 8.6 penalty minutes while giving up 2.7 goals per game with a .903 save percentage.
Hurricanes Injuries: Trevor van Riemsdyk: out for season (upper body), Saku Maenalanen: out (upper body).