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Good lord, it’s December already.

NHL: Carolina Hurricanes at Boston Bruins Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes at Boston Bruins
December 1, 2016 - 7:00 p.m. ET
TD Garden - Boston, MA
Watch: FOX Sports Carolinas - FOX Sports Go app
Listen: 99.9 The Fan - WRALSportsFan app
SB Nation rival blog: Stanley Cup of Chowder

Vital Statistics

Hurricanes Bruins
Record 9-9-4 12-10-1
Points 22 25
Division Rank 7th Metro 4th Atlantic
Conference Rank 14th EC T8 EC
Last 10 Games 6-4-0 5-4-1
Streak Lost 1 Lost 1

Goals/Game 2.41 2.35
Goals Against/Game 2.64 2.26
Shots/Game 29.9 33.0
Shots Against/Game 27.3 27.2
ES Corsi For % 53.3% 54.1%
Faceoff % 52.7% 52.4%
ES PDO 98.7 98.1
Power Play % (Rank) 19.7% (10) 15.5% (20)
Penalty Kill % (Rank) 89.7% (1) 86.4% (4)
PIM/Game 06:43 10:23

Goaltender #1 Ward Rask
Record 7-7-3 12-4-1
ES Save % .917 .949
GAA 2.29 1.64

Goaltender #2 Leighton Khudobin
Record 1-0-0 0-3-0
ES Save % .957 .873
GAA 2.00 3.41

Game Notes

  • The Canes look to get back on track tonight in a building that over the past few years has not been too generous to them. Last season, the Canes took both games at TD Garden (one in overtime, one in a shootout), but before that, it had been three years - since March of 2012 - since the Canes beat the Bruins on the road.
  • To that end, despite the fact that the Canes are on a two-game winning streak against the Bruins, the B’s have earned points in nine straight games in the series. Five of the last eight games between these two teams have gone to overtime, and the last time the Canes won a game in regulation against the Bruins was April 13, 2013.
  • There are plenty of familiar faces on both sides of the ice tonight. The Canes traded John-Michael Liles to the Bruins at the trade deadline last year for a prospect and a couple of draft picks, and while Liles signed a one-year deal to stay with the Bruins, he will not play tonight after suffering a concussion in Sunday’s win over the Lightning.
  • In addition to Liles, old friends Anton Khudobin and Riley Nash will both be on the Bruins’ roster for tonight, and the Canes counter with Lee Stempniak, who was traded from the Devils to the Bruins at the trade deadline last season and signed with the Canes upon reaching free agency in the summer.
  • Boston native Noah Hanifin had himself a season series against the Bruins last year. In three games, he put up one goal, two assists, and scored the shootout winner in the Canes’ win at TD Garden that went to the skills competition in April.
  • In the other game in Boston last season - how’s this for timing - the just-recalled Phil Di Giuseppe scored the overtime winner (photo above).
  • The Canes’ penalty kill is coming back to Earth a little bit over the past two games, giving up a power play goal in each of their last two games against the Panthers and Rangers. Despite that, they still lead the league in penalty killing by more than a full point over the second-place Oilers - and by more than three points over the fourth-place Bruins.
  • If you’re so inclined, tonight is the final Cool Bars of 2016 at the Carolina Ale House in Garner on Highway 70 in front of Cabela’s.
  • And if you’re into the post-Thanksgiving doldrums where you have to slog through work for another three-plus weeks before your Christmas vacation, please allow the Canes to provide you with some options for your future vacation plans (as seen during Sunday’s game).