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Game Day Canes vs Bruins: Matinee Edition

The Canes will try to stay on a roll for 2015 as they take on the Bruins in an early afternoon game.

Brad "Bugsy" Malone has a fight and a goal in his last two games.
Brad "Bugsy" Malone has a fight and a goal in his last two games.
Jamie Kellner

Carolina Hurricanes vs. Boston Bruins
January 4, 2015 - 1:00 pm ET
PNC Arena - Raleigh, NC
TV - Fox Sports South --- Note broadcast change
Radio - 99.9 FM The Fan
SB Nation Rival Blog - Stanley Cup of Chowder

Fancy Stats

Hurricanes Bruins
Record 11-23-4 19-15-5
Points 26 43
Division Rank 8th Metro 6th Atlantic
Conference Rank 16th EC 10th EC
Streak Won 1 OT 2

Power Play % 17.0% 18.7%
Penalty Kill % 85.7% 79.5%
Goals/Game 1.95 2.59
Goals Against/Game 2.58 2.64
Shots/Game 29.1 30.4
Shots Against/Game 28.0 29.2
ES Goals For % 40.3% 50.0%
ES Corsi For % 50.9% 52.6%
ES PDO 96.8 99.9
PIM/Game 7.7 10.0

Goaltender Ward Rask
Record 10-15-2 15-10-5
ES Save Percentage .917 .919
GAA 2.34 2.59

Goaltender Khudobin Svedberg
Record 1-8-2 4-5-0
ES Save Percentage .903 .918
GAA 2.71 2.46

Stats via and War on Ice

Game Notes

  • The Canes and Bruins play in their second game of the season, their second matinee of the season, and the first in Raleigh. The last time the two teams met, on November 16th in Boston, the result was a .... wait for it ... 2-1 loss for the Canes, their second of eight 2-1 losses so far this season.
  • The Canes turned the tables in their first game of 2015, with a 2-1 win against the Flyers on Friday night. Brad Malone notched his first goal (and first point) as a Hurricane, and Eric Staal scored the game-winner. The captain has goals in his last three games straight, points in four straight, and is one goal away from 300 career NHL goals. Jordan Staal remains a point-per-game player for the season, logging assists in each of his two games played since his return from injury.
  • Fifteen forwards took the ice for practice yesterday at RCI, including forward Andrej Nestrasil, who practiced with the team for the first time after missing 11 games with an upper body injury. Jeff Skinner also returned to practice after missing Friday's game with an illness. He is probable for today but will be a game-time decision.
  • As of yesterday's practice (audio) Bill Peters had not made a decision for today's starter in net.
  • The Canes are back in black today wearing their third jerseys.
  • The Bruins wrapped up a three-game home stand yesterday by giving up a lead in the third period and ultimately winding up with a 3-2 overtime loss to the Ottawa Senators in an early game in Boston. Torey Krug and Brad Marchand scored for the Bruins, and David Krejci assisted on both goals and went 10-for-11 in the face-off circle.
  • For the first time since the 2006-07 season, the Bruins are on the outside of the playoff race looking in. It's a position they find frustrating because they feel as a team they are capable of much better. Many of their losses have been close, and six of their last 10 games have gone to overtime or a shootout. They are generating offense, scoring 17 goals in their last five games (contrast that with the Canes who scored 18 goals in the entire month of December). Much of their misfortunate has been due to significant injuries especially on their blueline. But for the first time since October, they are back to full health with defenseman Adam McQuaid's return yesterday after missing 18 games with a broken thumb.
  • Reigning Vezina winner Tuukka Rask made 23 saves in yesterday's loss. Rask is 5-3-0 with a 2.24 GAA in nine career games against the Canes. Backup Niklas Svedberg, who has not faced the Canes in his career, is 4-5-0 on the season with a 2.46 GAA. Head coach Claude Julien has not announced today's starter (here's yesterday's post-game video) but Svedberg could get the call with the back-to-back scenario.
  • With the early start neither team will hold a pre-game skate, so line-up updates won't be available until closer to game time.

Projected line-ups

Hurricanes depth chart (from Saturday's practice)

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

Andrej Sekera - Justin Faulk
Ron Hainsey - Brett Bellemore
Tim Gleason - Ryan Murphy

Cam Ward
Anton Khudobin

Injuries and Scratches: Andrej Nestrasil (IR upper body), John-Michael Liles (IR illness), Alexander Semin (healthy), Zach Boychuk (healthy), Michal Jordan (healthy)

Bruins depth chart (from Saturday's game)

Milan Lucic - David Krejci - Seth Griffith
Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Reilly Smith
Chris Kelly - Carl Soderberg - Loui Eriksson
Daniel Paille - Gregory Campbell - Craig Cunningham

Zdeno Chara - Dougie Hamilton
Dennis Seidenberg - Adam McQuaid
Torey Krug - Kevan Miller

Tuukka Rask
Niklas Svedberg

Injuries and scratches: Simon Gagne (personal leave), Jordan Caron, Matt Bartkowski