Hurricanes At Bruins: Game Day Preview

The Carolina Hurricanes, (22-16-6) are on the road again, this time to take on the Boston Bruins, (24-13-7) for a game with a special 1 p.m. start time for Martin Luther King Day at TD Garden in Beantown.  The contest is the first of a back-to-back and home-and-home matchup.  The two teams meet again in Raleigh on Tuesday night.

The Canes are presently one of the hottest teams in the league.  In their last 10 games they are 7-1-2, and their record is 11-4-3 in their last 18. 

Several players have scoring streaks, led by Eric Staal who has points in eight consecutive games.  His career best is 11 games.  Tuomo Ruutu and Jeff Skinner have earned points in five straight.   Ruutu has 16 points, (5G 11A) in his last 11 games.

The Bruins have also been a fairly hot team as they have earned points in 10 of their last 12 games.  In their last 10, they have a 5-2-3 record, but they are coming off a tough, 3-2 loss to the Penguins on Saturday night.

According to the Bruins homepage, Tim Thomas should be back between the pipes today.  Cam Ward will get the start for Carolina and might get every start from now until the All Star break, according to coach Paul Maurice. 


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Cam Ward 37 2138 19 12 95 2.67 1209 1114 .921 2


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Tim Thomas 31 1852 20 4 58 1.88 1010 952 .943 6

 

Patrice Bergeron is leading the Baby Bears in scoring, followed by David Krejci and Milan Lucic.  (Lucic is a bit banged up and he has missed a couple of games.) 

The Bruins have faced their fair share of injuries, although defenseman Mark Stuart was recently activated from the IR and could play.  Marc Savard is still trying to get back into form and Nathan Horton has been playing through some issues.


GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2010 - Patrice Bergeron 44 14 20 34 16 16 3 2 3 109


GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2010 - David Krejci 37 7 21 28 10 13 0 0 1 76


GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2010 - Milan Lucic 41 16 12 28 11 58 2 0 3 92

 

According to NESN, both Stuart and Lucic will probably play.  For even more info about the B's, check out our SBN partner at Stanley Cup of Chowder.

 

Eric Staal continues to lead the Hurricanes with rookie Jeff Skinner and Tuomo Ruutu not too far behind.


GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2010 - Eric Staal 44 22 24 46 -6 34 7 2 5 165


GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2010 - Jeff Skinner 44 16 20 36 2 14 3 0 1 112


GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2010 - Tuomo Ruutu 44 12 24 36 -2 28 6 0 1 79

 

Jussi Jokinen is also hot and has four goals and three assists in the three games he has played in since returning from injury. 

This is the 11th of 21 scheduled sets of back-to-backs this season for the Canes.  So far the team is 6-1-3 in the first games and 5-4-1 in the second. 

The last time the teams met was back on November 26 when Ward earned his first and only shutout of the season. 

The game will be televised locally on FS Carolinas and we will have our open game thread up and running at 12:30.

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