Don’t look now, but the NHL playoffs are just over six weeks away, though it feels like the grind is only beginning. Things will turn up a notch on the ice, and we’ve got some doozies on the slate today.
Boston and Carolina are the two best possession teams in the league, but only one is seeing fruits of its labor, while the other is still struggling to put it all together. Why are the Bruins so good? Why aren’t the Canes?
There are two legitimate four-pointers on the card, starting with New Jersey at Pittsburgh. As fate would have it, the teams are separated by … four points in the Metropolitan Division, so the clash is vital for playoff positioning.
The biggest matchup on the slate starts at 8 p.m. ET, when the first-place Predators host the second-place Jets in a critical Central Division showdown. Only two points separate these two teams as we head down the final stretch.
Our hockey deep dive concludes out West, where the Los Angeles Kings and Vegas Golden Knights finish up their home-and-home after the Kings came away with two points last night.
Let’s jump in.
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Carolina Hurricanes (+158) @ Boston Bruins (-175)
7 p.m. ET
Corsi Champs: Carolina and Boston rank first and second, respectively, in Corsi For (CF%) this season (the ratio of shot attempts generated to total shots, both for and against). The Hurricanes rank third in the NHL with 62.29 shot attempts per 60 minutes and second with 52.98 shot attempts allowed per 60 minutes. The Bruins are the best shot suppressors in the circuit, allowing 50.77 shot attempts per 60. — Michael Leboff