Bruins begin playoff series against the Hurricanes
Boston; Thursday, 8 p.m. EDT
EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS: Boston hosts series opener
BOTTOM LINE: The Boston Bruins host the Carolina Hurricanes in game one of the Eastern Conference finals. The teams meet Thursday for the fourth time this season. Boston went 2-1 against Carolina during the regular season.
The Bruins are 29-9-3 on their home ice. Boston averages 9.7 penalty minutes per game, the second-most in the NHL. Brad Marchand leads the team serving 96 total minutes.
The Hurricanes are 27-21-4 in conference matchups. Carolina has converted on 17.8 percent of power-play opportunities, recording 44 power-play goals.
DURING THE PLAYOFFS: Hurricanes: Averaging 3.1 goals, 5.6 assists, 3.7 penalties and 8.4 penalty minutes while giving up 2.3 goals per game with a .918 save percentage.
Bruins: Averaging 3.1 goals, 4.9 assists, 2.9 penalties and 5.8 penalty minutes while giving up 2.2 goals per game with a .936 save percentage.