The Wraparound: Bruins staying ‘even keel’ before Game 2 vs. Maple Leafs

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The Wraparound is your daily look at the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs. We’ll break down each day’s matchups with the all-important television and live streaming information included.

It had been three months since the Boston Bruins had seen the Toronto Maple Leafs in person, so some unfamiliarity could have been to blame for their performance in a Game 1 defeat. Thursday’s loss was a wake up call for Bruce Cassidy’s team, who weren’t prepared for the visitors to play the stretch game and expose the Bruins in their building.

“I hope it got their attention now because it’s one of the things they do well,” Cassidy said on Friday. “You talk about a team – ‘oh they have speed’, well so do we and we’re going to play our game. And we do want to play our game. Part of neutralizing their speed is having o-zone puck possession time. I think that’s where we weren’t hard enough to be honest with you. I give them credit, they won a lot of pucks, got out of their end in a hurry. Even the third goal, we’re on the rush and it’s a 50/50 puck. They win it from us and bang, they’re gone. That’s where they were better than us in areas and converted.”

As they prepare for Saturday’s Game 2 (8 p.m. ET; NBC; Live Stream), the Bruins should be prepared to deal with the Maple Leafs’ speed through the neutral zone and stretch passes to create opportunities. It worked in Game 1, even after Cassidy and his staff went over it with the players in the days leading up tot he series opener.

There were plenty of mistakes to be cleaned up ahead of Game 2, and while the Bruins talked about fixing what went wrong, it’s a matter of execution now, with the goal of avoiding heading to Toronto in an 0-2 hole.

According to the NHL, teams that win the first two games of a best-of-seven series have a series record of 318-50, which includes a 72-20 record when they come away from home.

“We stay positive through it all no matter what happens,” said Bruins forward Charlie Coyle. “We stay even keel. If we won last night, same way. You can’t get too high, you can’t get too low. We always talk about that. That’s playoffs. It’s easy to get caught up in the ups and downs. We’re back it, chance at home again. We’re excited to get going again, Game 2. Pretty good practice here to start so everyone’s in a good mood.”

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TODAY’S SCHEDULE

Game 2: Carolina Hurricanes at Washington Capitals, 3 p.m. ET (Capitals lead 1-0): The Hurricanes dug themselves too deep a hole in the first period of Game 1, watching the Capitals build up a 3-0 lead. Andrei Svechnikov singlehandedly made it a game in the third period, but it was too little, too late. Now the Hurricanes have a chance to head home for Game 3 with a split if they can find a way to slow Washington’s offensive weapons. (NBC; Live stream)

Game 2: Dallas Stars at Nashville Predators, 6 p.m. ET (Stars lead 1-0): Even though one of his two goals was later awarded to Alex Radulov, it was the Miro Heiskanen show in Game 1 as the Stars rookie scored and added an assist. Th Predators tested Ben Bishop, but the potential Vezina Trophy finalist put aside 30 shots in the win. Mats Zuccarello, who scored the eventual game winner, helped Dallas continue their success this season with a third win at Bridgestone Arena. (CNBC; Live stream)

Game 2: Colorado Avalanche at Calgary Flames, 10 p.m. ET (Flames lead 1-0): It was fitting Mike Smith donned his Mike Vernon tribute mask for Game 1. The Flames netminder stopped all 26 shots he faced in the 4-0 win. The Avalanche will need to make life difficult for Smith in Game 2 with traffic in front of the Calgary net. (NBCSN; Live stream)

SUNDAY’S SCHEDULE
Game 3: Islanders at Penguins, 12 p.m. ET (NBC)
Game 3: Lightning at Blue Jackets, 7 p.m. ET (NBCSN)
Game 3: Jets at Blues, 7:30 p.m. ET (CNBC)
Game 3: Sharks at Golden Knights, 10 p.m. ET (NBCSN)

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Canucks’ Ilya Mikheyev to have season-ending knee surgery

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Vancouver Canucks right wing Ilya Mikheyev is set to have season-ending surgery on his left knee.

Canucks general manager Patrik Allvin said Friday night the 28-year-old Russian forward tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the team’s first preseason game Sept. 25. Mikheyev will undergo surgery next week and is expected to be ready for training camp in the fall.

Mikheyev was originally listed as week-to-week with the injury and played 45 regular-season games, finishing with 13 goals and 15 assists. He scored in his final appearance Friday night, a 5-2 home victory over Columbus.

Mikheyev signed a four-year, $19 million contract as a free agent last summer.

Maple Leafs’ Matthews out at least 3 weeks with knee injury

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Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews will miss at least three weeks with a sprained knee.

The team announced the reigning MVP’s anticipated absence Friday, two days after Matthews was injured in Toronto’s victory against the New York Rangers.

Matthews is expected to miss at least six games and could be out for a few more. The timing of the injury coinciding with the NHL All-Star break and the Maple Leafs bye week prevents this from costing Matthews more time out of the lineup.

After being voted an All-Star by fans, Matthews is now out of the event scheduled for Feb. 3-4 in Sunrise, Florida. The league announced Aleskander Barkov from the host Florida Panthers will take Matthews’ place on the Atlantic Division All-Star roster.

Matthews, who won the Hart Trophy last season after leading the NHL with 60 goals, has 53 points in 47 games this season.

Caufield opted for surgery with Habs out of playoff race

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MONTREAL — Montreal Canadiens winger Cole Caufield said Friday he wouldn’t be having season-ending surgery on his right shoulder if the team were in playoff contention.

But with the Canadiens near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings, the 22-year-old Caufield said he decided to have the surgery to protect his long-term health. The procedure is scheduled to be performed by Dr. Peter Millett on Wednesday.

“I didn’t want to stop playing,” Caufield said. “I had a couple tests done to look at it more clearly but, in the end, like it could’ve been one more fall and it could have been even worse.”

Caufield, who leads the Canadiens with 26 goals in 46 games, had three different medical opinions on his shoulder before concluding that his season was over.

“I think they’ve seen a lot more than I have and they know the differences and what they like or don’t like about it,” he said about the medical opinions. “Long term, I think this is what’s best but for sure it was tough to sit out that game against Toronto on Saturday night.”

Caufield initially felt the injury in an awkward fall during Montreal’s 4-2 loss at Dallas on Dec. 23. He said his right shoulder popped, and he replaced it himself.

Caufield felt it again in the Habs’ 4-3 loss at Nashville on Jan. 12. The club announced on Jan. 21 that Caufield would miss the rest of the season.

Caufield is nearing the end of his three-year, entry-level contract and will be a restricted free agent this summer.

All-Star Matty Beniers to miss next 2 games for Kraken

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SEATTLE — Seattle Kraken rookie All-Star Matty Beniers will miss the team’s final two games before the All-Star break after taking a big hit from Vancouver’s Tyler Myers earlier this week.

Seattle coach Dave Hakstol said after morning skate Friday that Beniers would not play Friday night against Calgary or Saturday against Columbus. Hakstol did not speculate on Beniers’ availability for next weekend’s All-Star Game in Florida.

The team has not specified what kind of injury Beniers sustained from the hit. He was barreled over by Myers away from the play early in the second period in Wednesday’s 6-1 victory over Vancouver. Myers was penalized for interference on the play. Beniers returned briefly for one shift later in the period but did not play in the third period.

Beniers is Seattle’s lone All-Star selection this season. He leads all rookies in goals (17) and points (36), and is fifth in total ice time for rookies.

Seattle also placed defenseman Justin Schultz on injured reserve and recalled forward Max McCormick from Coachella Valley of the AHL. Hakstol said Schultz is improving but there’s no timeline on his return.