The Carolina Hurricanes invade the angry den of the Boston Bruins tonight for a contest between two teams searching for their season's first win. Boston was humiliated by Washington on Thursday night, but if that wasn't enough incentive to do well, they will want payback for losing to the Canes in the playoffs last year. They most likely have been waiting for this game all offseason.
The Hurricanes will need to bring their "A" games as well as a bit more intensity than they mustered in the opening period last night when they were out-shot 15-8 by the Flyers.
It's been reported that Joni Pitkanen will miss tonight's game, meaning that the lineup will most likely be the exact same as last night.
- Staal, Whitney, Cole
- Cullen, Jokinen, Ruutu
- Brind'Amour, LaRose, Samsonov
- Yelle, Kostopoulos, Walker
- Gleason, Corvo
- Ward, Alberts
- Wallin, Harrison
- Cam Ward
This is a homecoming of sorts for Stephane Yelle, Aaron Ward, Andrew Alberts, and Sergei Samsonov. Each of them have spent considerable time in Beantown. Samsonov has done well against his former team in the past.
The Canes will be looking to improve upon their 0-8 performance with the man advantage last night. It's not the improvement they were looking for from their 10% success ratio in the playoffs, which was by far a league low for team's playing more than four games.
Game starts at 7 p.m. and it will be broadcast by FS Carolinas and 99.9 The Fan.