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
|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%|
|ES Goals For %||40.3%||50.0%|
|ES Corsi For %||50.9%||52.6%|
|ES Save Percentage||.917||.919|
|ES Save Percentage||.903||.918|
- 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.
Hurricanes depth chart (from Saturday's practice)
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)
Injuries and scratches: Simon Gagne (personal leave), Jordan Caron, Matt Bartkowski