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Hurricanes at Bruins: Cam Ward vs Tuukka Rask

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The Carolina Hurricanes resume their four-game road swing with a stop in Boston tonight. The Canes were able to notch their first win of the season last Wednesday against the Bruins and Tim Thomas in Raleigh. Tonight Coach Claude Julien will go with the younger half of the B's potent tandem, giving the nod to Tuukka Rask.

Chuck Kaiton was on satellite radio's XM Home Ice program this afternoon and confirmed the Canes starting lines. Jeff Skinner will be re-united with the two Finnish forwards, Jussi Jokinen and Tuomo Ruutu. Captain Eric Staal will be flanked by Alexei Ponikarovsky and Chad LaRose on the top line. Cam Ward will start in goal.

The Hurricanes (2-2-1) have a two-game win streak on the line and look to get above the .500 mark. Boston (2-3) went into Chicago last weekend and handed the Blackhawks a loss by a score of 3-2. 

Rookie wing Zac Dalpe is out with a lower body injury, and Brett Sutter, who wears jersey number 42, was called up yesterday from Charlotte to fill his spot on the 4th line. This will be Sutter42's second appearance with the Canes, but the first of this season.

Here are the Hurricanes forward lines:

Ponikarovsky - Staal - LaRose
Skinner - Jokinen - Ruutu
Jiri Tlusty - Brandon Sutter - Patrick Dwyer
Brett Sutter - Tim Brent - Anthony Stewart

For the defense, the pairing remain the same as in the last two games, which of course are both wins.

Bryan Allen - Tim Gleason
Joni Pitkanen - Jamie McBain
Tomas Kaberle - Jay Harrison

Cam Ward
Brian Boucher

 

Healthy Scratches: Justin Faulk, Derek Joslin

Links:

  • Audio from Maurice after practice. (2:38) 
  • Chip Alexander is in Boston and writes about Tomas Kaberle's return to the arena where he was part of the Stanley Cup winning team last season. Kaberle back in Boston, has his ring - Canes Now
  • "I think Tomas has played like our group," Canes coach Paul Maurice said. "We all felt a little bit of a slow start, but there was still a lot of good and then in the last couple of games. Our power-play numbers aren't incredible but we've scored five and he's a big part of that."

    From this morning's N&O

     

    From Boston

    Bruins top centerman David Krejci is recovering from an undisclosed injury, and defenseman Adam McQuaid availability will be a game time decision. He re-injured his neck when he fell against the boards at the RBC Center last week. Tyler Seguin will be centering the B's line. If McQuaid plays, he would replace Bartkowski.

    From CSNNE.com, here is the lineup the Canes will be facing:

    Milan Lucic - Tyler Seguin - Nathan Horton
    Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Rich Peverley
    Benoit Pouliot - Chris Kelly - Jordan Caron
    Daniel Paille - Gregory Campbell - Shawn Thornton

    Zdeno Chara - Johnny Boychuk
    Andrew Ference - Joe Corvo
    Dennis Seidenberg - Matt Bartkowski *

    Tuukka Rask
    Tim Thomas

     

    *Bartkowksi will be scratched if McQuaid plays. In addition to Krejci, defenseman Steve Kampfer is also out with an injury.

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    Other Stats of note

    Points on the board

    Five players are looking to extend 2-game point streaks for Carolina. With 1 G and 1A: Tim Brent, Joni Pitkanen, Brandon Sutter and Jiri Tlusty. Jussi Jokinen has 2 assists.

    Pitkanen is two assists shy of 100 career Hurricanes assists.

    Comparing goaltenders:

    Cam Ward is 9-10-2, with a 2.78 GAA and two shutouts in 21 career appearances against Boston. Brian Boucher is 7-6-1 with a 2.44 GAA and two shutouts in 15 appearances against the Bruins.

    Tuukka Rask is 2-0-0, with a 2.01 GAA in three career games vs Carolina. Tim Thomas: 10-9-1, 2.67 GAA with one shutout in 20 career games.

    Special Teams

    Between the Kaberle/Corvo storyline and with the Canes' special teams getting attention after the game in Buffalo Friday, here are the current numbers:

    Carolina PP: 4-of-24 (16.7%) - tied for 15th
    Carolina PK:  22-of-27 (81.5%) - 19th, but also has 2 shorthanded goals (tied for 1st)

    Boston PP: 1-for-20 (5%) - tied for 26th
    Boston PK: 2-for-19 (89.5%) - 7th. 1 SHG (tied for 3rd)

     

    Tonight's Broadcasts

    The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports Carolinas. The pregame show hosted by Bob Harwood starts at 6:30 with game set for 7pm. You can also hear it on 99.9 the Fan, hosted by Mike Maniscalco for the pre- and postgame news and views. Chuck Kaiton will have the play-by-play.

    We'll have our live thread up at 6:30 as always open to all. Please stop by.