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Game Day Canes at Bruins: Matinee Time

Eric Staal is expected to return to his familiar spot at center as the Canes take on the Bruins this afternoon.

Carolina Hurricanes at Boston Bruins
November 15, 2014 - 1:00 pm ET
TD Garden - Boston, MA
TV - Fox Sports South
Radio - 99.9 FM The Fan
SB Nation Rival Blog - Stanley Cup of Chowder

Fancy Stats

Hurricanes Bruins
Record 5-7-3 10-8-0
Points 13 20
Division Rank 7th Metro 6th Atlantic
Conference Rank 14th EC 8th EC
Streak Lost 1 Lost 2

Power Play % 20.8% 22.9%
Penalty Kill % 79.2% 76.8%
Goals/Game 2.40 2.67
Goals Against/Game 3.00 2.67
Shots/Game 28.1 29.6
Shots Against/Game 28.5 28.0
ES Goals For % 42.6% 49.2%
ES Corsi For % 50.7% 54.0%
PIM/Game 8.9 10.4

Goaltender Ward Rask
Record 5-4-1 8-5-0
ES Save Percentage .912 .911
GAA 2.48 2.69

Goaltender Khudobin Svedberg
Record 0-3-2 2-3-0
ES Save Percentage .897 .926
GAA 3.34 2.41

Game Notes

  • Bill Peters said in yesterday's media scrum not to read too much into the forward line changes that were implemented at practice. Eric Staal moved back to center, which seems likely to stick, but the wingers were shuffled around when Elias Lindholm sat out with a foot injury. Lindholm will be evaluated today and Peters was hopeful he can play.
  • Jay Harrison was also missing from practice after suffering a lower body injury in Thursday's loss to the Jets and will be a game-time decision.
  • The goaltending assignments have been announced, with Cam Ward getting the start today. Anton Khudobin will make his home debut tomorrow when the Hurricanes return to take on the San Jose Sharks.
  • Lindholm and Justin Faulk are averaging over a point-per-game in November, both with eight points in seven games. Riley Nash leads the team with 12 total points and points in each of his last three games.
  • Right now the Boston Bruins are not as big and not as bad as the reputation they've earned over the years. A recent CSNNE article went so far as to describe them as "soft". With captain Zdeno Chara sidelined with a PCL tear, the Bruins rank 20th out of 30 teams by weight, and they only have three players in the top 100 in hits. They have five wins in their last seven games, but the two losses are the most recent, a 6-1 beating by the Leafs on Wednesday followed by a 5-1 smackdown courtesy of the Canadiens on Thursday. Today's matinee will be their third game in four days.
  • In addition to Chara, David Krejci is out with an undisclosed injury, and Kevan Miller is recovering from a dislocated shoulder.
  • Tuukka Rask was pulled in Wednesday's game when the score hit 4-0, and backup Niklas Svedberg played Thursday. Rask is expected to get the start this afternoon.

Projected line-ups

Hurricanes (from Friday's practice)

Jiri Tlusty - Eric Staal - Zach Boychuk
Nathan Gerbe - Riley Nash - Alexander Semin
Jeff Skinner - Victor Rask - Chris Terry
Brad Malone - Jay McClement - Patrick Dwyer
Elias Lindholm

Andrej Sekera - Justin Faulk
Tim Gleason - John-Michael Liles
Ron Hainsey - Brett Bellemore

Cam Ward
Anton Khudobin

Injuries and Scratches: Jordan Staal (IR broken fibula), Jay Harrison (DTD lower body)

Bruins (from Friday's practice)

Milan Lucic - Chris Kelly - Seth Griffith
Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Reilly Smith
Matt Fraser - Carl Soderberg - Loui Eriksson
Daniel Paille - Gregory Campbell - Simon Gagne

Dennis Seidenberg - Dougie Hamilton
Joe Morrow - Adam McQuaid
Torey Krug - Zach Trotman
Matt Bartkowski

Tuukka Rask
Niklas Svedberg

Injuries: Zdeno Chara (PCL tear), David Krejci (undisclosed), Kevan Miller (dislocated shoulder)

Be advised that today's game will be aired on Fox Sports South (channel guide) so plan your watching and DVRing accordingly. The game thread will be up and rolling by 12:30 pm. See you there.