Berkshire Bank Hockey Night In New England: Projected Bruins-Hurricanes Game 2 Lines, Pairings

The Bruins are tweaking their defensive pairings

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May 4

The Boston Bruins are in action Wednesday, looking to rebound from their Game 1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes.

Despite outshooting Carolina 36-25, Boston fell 5-1 in Game 1, with Hurricanes goalie Antti Raanta stifling the B’s. Carolina’s win not only gave it a 1-0 edge in the series, but also extended its winning streak to four consecutive over the Bruins.

Linus Ullmark will remain in between the pipes for head coach Bruce Cassidy, making just his second career postseason start. Jeremy Swayman will serve as his backup.

Bruce Cassidy confirmed Wednesday at a pregame press conference he won’t make any changes to the forward lines the Bruins used in Game 1. He has, however, decided to shuffle his defensive pairings, with Matt Grzelcyk moving up to the top unit to play alongside Charlie McAvoy, and Hampus Lindholm moving down to the second, where he’ll join Brandon Carlo.

Carolina head coach Rod Brind’Amour isn’t expected to make any changes to the lineup he used in Game 1.

Bruins-Hurricanes coverage begins at 6 p.m. ET on NESN with “Bruins Face-Off Live: Eastern Conference First Round.” Puck drop from PNC Arena is scheduled for 7 p.m. and postgame coverage will immediately follow the conclusion of the game.

Remember to follow Bruins-Hurricanes coverage using the NESN app if you’re on the go.

Here’s how the teams are projected to line up.

BOSTON BRUINS (0-1)
Brad Marchand–Patrice Bergeron–Jake DeBrusk
Taylor Hall–Erik Haula–David Pastrnak
Trent Frederic–Charlie Coyle–Craig Smith
Nick Foligno–Tomas Nosek–Curtis Lazar

Matt Grzelcyk–Charlie McAvoy
Hampus Lindholm–Brandon Carlo
Derek Forbort–Connor Clifton

Linus Ullmark

CAROLINA HURRICANES (0-1)
Andrei Svechnikov–Sebastian Aho–Seth Jarvis
Max Domi–Vincent Trocheck–Teuvo Teravainen
Nino Niederreiter–Jordan Staal–Jesper Fast
Jordan Martinook–Jesperi Kotkaniemi–Martin Necas

Jaccob Slavin–Tony DeAngelo
Brady Skjei–Brett Pesce
Brendan Smith–Ian Cole

Antti Raanta

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