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Game Day Canes vs Bruins

Fresh on the heels of a win against the Devils, the Canes get right back in the saddle as they take on the Bruins in an early evening game.

Jordan Staal will play in his 600th NHL game tonight.
Jordan Staal will play in his 600th NHL game tonight.

Carolina Hurricanes vs. Boston Bruins
March 29, 2015 - 5:00 pm ET
PNC Arena - Raleigh, NC
TV - Fox Sports Carolinas
Radio - 99.9 FM The Fan
SB Nation Rival Blog - Stanley Cup of Chowder

Fancy Stats

Hurricanes Bruins
Record 28-36-10 37-25-13
Points 66 87
Division Rank 8th Metro 4th Atlantic
Conference Rank 14th EC 8th EC
Streak Won 2 Won 1

Power Play % 19.5% 18.6%
Penalty Kill % 85.0% 81.7%
Goals/Game 2.28 2.61
Goals Against/Game 2.64 2.48
Shots/Game 30.6 30.8
Shots Against/Game 27.3 29.9
ES Goals For % 43.6% 51.0%
ES Corsi For % 52.1% 51.9%
ES PDO 97.3 100.2
PIM/Game 6.9 9.7

Goaltender Ward Rask
Record 20-21-5 30-19-12
ES Save Percentage .916 .929
GAA 2.40 2.33

Goaltender Khudobin Svedberg
Record 8-15-5 7-5-1
ES Save Percentage .904 .926
GAA 2.62 2.33

Stats via and War on Ice

Game Notes

  • Both the Canes and Bruins come into today's game on the tail end of back-to-back games. The Canes were victorious last night against the Devils, and the Bruins came up big against the Rangers in a Saturday matinee.
  • This will be the third and final game of the season between the two teams, and both have a 2-1 win against the other on home ice, though it took a shootout for the Canes to notch their win back on January 4th here in Raleigh.
  • The Bruins are in desperation mode, fighting with the Capitals and Senators to pin down an Eastern Conference wild card spot. Their win yesterday ended a six-game losing streak, and coupled with an overtime loss by the Senators, put them back above the cut line by one point.
  • The big story for today might be who minds the nets for the Bruins. Tuukka Rask started yesterday's game, but had to leave shortly after the second period began due to what was later reported to be dehydration symptoms. With a three-goal lead at that point, Niklas Svedberg was able to hold down the fort for the eventual 4-2 win. Head coach Claude Julien said that Rask would be available to start today, but certainly a situation to watch.
  • With the early start and back-to-back games, neither team will practice today, so line-ups are based on yesterday's games and there will be limited updates prior to warmups.
  • Congratulations to Jordan Staal who will be playing in his 600th NHL regular season game tonight.
  • If you're headed to the arena, it's Stormy's birthday, which means mascot hijinks throughout the game, along with an pre-game autograph session on the concourse. While you're on the concourse, check out the #CaniacNation vending machine, where you can register to win Fan Appreciation prizes. For more details, check out the Canes Promotions page.

Projected line-ups

Hurricanes (from Saturday's game)

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

Ron Hainsey - Justin Faulk
John-Michael Liles - Danny Biega
Michal Jordan - Ryan Murphy

Cam Ward
Anton Khudobin

Injuries and Scratches: Jack Hillen (concussion), Rasmus Rissanen (MCL), Alexander Semin (hamstring), Brett Bellemore

Bruins (from Saturday's game):

Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - David Krejci
Milan Lucic - Ryan Spooner - David Pastrnak
Loui Eriksson - Carl Soderberg - Reilly Smith
Chris Kelly - Gregory Campbell - Max Talbot

Zdeno Chara - Adam McQuaid
Torey Krug - Dennis Seidenberg
Matt Bartkowski - Zach Trotman

Tuukka Rask
Niklas Svedberg

Injuries and Scratches: Brett Connolly (finger), Dougie Hamilton (undisclosed), Kevan Miller (shoulder), Daniel Paille