Carolina practiced Saturday this afternoon at TD Garden. The Hurricanes will look to shake off the Game 1 loss to the Boston Bruins. Behind Enemy Lines takes a look at what adjustments the Boston Bruins must prepare for.
At Practice Carolina’s Line Combinations were the same. The only player who missed practiced was Jordan Martinook. Martinook continues to deal with injuries he sustained earlier in the playoffs.
Line Combinations for the Carolina Hurricanes:
After practice Head Coach Rod Brind’Amour gave on update on Martinook. “I know he is banged up and a little gimpy out there, but we want him in our lineup. He is going to play in Game 2.”
One thing Boston better expect less of in Game 2 is power plays. At practice the Hurricanes worked on being more disciplined, as they continue to play a hard and fast attacking game.
The Hurricanes were in control of Game 1 for 40 minutes before undisciplined penalties allowed the Boston Bruins vaunted power play to take over the game.
”Against a team like this with their power play…We really got to make sure we’re playing an honest game, working hard and staying out of the box,” said Jacob Slavin as he commented on how the Hurricanes can neutralize the Bruins successful power play.
Calvin de Haan reiterated that point to reporters, “Special teams seem to win games this time of the year and I think we need to be better in that regard.”
The Hurricanes did some good things in Game 1, but did not get the result they wanted. The Hurricanes still feel confident with their performance as Rod Brind’Amour reiterated in his post practice media scru.
“There was a large chunk of that game that was really positive for us and really a small fraction that wasn’t very good. But at the end of the day its 1-0 them, so move on.”
The Bruins will have to deal with a more focused and determined Carolina team in Game 2. Boston better be prepared for a Hurricanes team that is more physical than in Game 1. Carolina physical play is important factor in the playoffs. The Bruins have a lineup that can play physical, so that could work to Boston’s advantage.
With Game 2 being in the afternoon tomorrow. Rod Brind’Amour will be available to the media around 12:50pm at TD Garden. Followed by Justin Williams at 1pm.
Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final is set for 3pm Sunday afternoon.