Carolina won the last two games in the first round to oust the reigning Stanley Cup champion Capitals before sweeping the Islanders in four games. While it’s the Hurricanes’ first playoff appearance in 10 years, this deep run is par for the course. Carolina has reached the conference final in each of its past four playoff trips, making the Stanley Cup Final twice.
The Bruins never led their first-round series against the Maple Leafs, and eliminated Toronto in seven games in Boston before rallying from a 2-1 series deficit against the Blue Jackets in six games. It’s Boston’s first conference final since 2013 and third this decade.
Boston will open the series without defenseman Charlie McAvoy, who was suspended one game for his illegal check to the head of Blue Jackets forward Josh Anderson in Game 6. John Moore, a Winnetka native and Chicago Steel alum, could return from an upper-body injury to play.
Game 1: Hurricanes at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)