For the third time in four years, it’ll be the Bruins and Hurricanes in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. But for the first time in the recent history of this renewed rivalry, it’ll be the Hurricanes who hold the home ice advantage, as the B’s will begin their postseason in their road whites and in the noise factory known as Raleigh’s PNC Arena.
“I think we’re gonna be fine tonight [and] ready to go,” Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy said of the Game 1 start away from TD Garden. “Whether that translates into a win tonight, who knows.
“I think it helps when you have adversity to know that that’s going to come, you’ve got to play through it, focus on the next shift or next game, whatever it is,” said Cassidy. “But I think Carolina has some now, has built that over the years, maybe not the first go ’round we played them, but they’ve been right there every year now for three or four years.”
The Hurricanes have to come into the series as the favorites after their 2021-22 head-to-head, too, with three wins in as many games, along with a plus-15 goal differential, at 16-to-1.
“That’s the great thing about playoffs: it’s a new season,” B’s winger Brad Marchand said. “Now when you’re playing for all the marbles you see the guys step up that can play at this level and this pace and you see the regular season players.
“You never know how it’s gonna play out. It’s always a war.”
But how will everything shake out when the puck drop shortly after 7 p.m. on Monday night?