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
|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%|
|ES Goals For %||43.6%||51.0%|
|ES Corsi For %||52.1%||51.9%|
|ES Save Percentage||.916||.929|
|ES Save Percentage||.904||.926|
Stats via NHL.com and War on Ice
- 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.
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
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
Injuries and Scratches: Brett Connolly (finger), Dougie Hamilton (undisclosed), Kevan Miller (shoulder), Daniel Paille