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Bruins at Hurricanes: Game Preview, Notes, Statistics, Rosters, How to Watch

The Canes look for their 3rd straight win to close out the pre-Christmas schedule.

Jamie Kellner

Boston Bruins (18-14-3) at Carolina Hurricanes (14-11-7)
Friday, December 23, 2016 - 7:30 pm
PNC Arena - Raleigh, NC
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Vital Statistics

Category Hurricanes Blue Jackets
Category Hurricanes Blue Jackets
Record 21-15-7 29-9-4
Points 49 62
Division Rank 6 Metro 2 Metro
Conference Rank 9 EC 2 EC
Last 10 Games 6-4-0 6-4-0
Streak Won Loss 1
Goals/Game 2.77 3.31
Goals Against/Game 2.63 2.24
Shots/Game 30.6 30.3
Shots Against/Game 27.6 29.8
Faceoff % 51.7% 47.7%
Power Play % (Rank) 17.2% (18) 26.0% (1)
Penalty Kill % (Rank) 88.7% (1) 83.0% (10)
ES Corsi For % 52.1% 55.1%
ES PDO 99.4 101.3
PIM/Game 05:95 08:93

Goaltender #1

Category Petr Mrazek Tuukka Rask
Category Petr Mrazek Tuukka Rask
Record 5-5 11-5
Save % .894 .939
GAA 2.73 1.96

Goaltender #2

Category Alex Nedeljkovic Anton Forsberg
Category Alex Nedeljkovic Anton Forsberg
Record 0-0-0 0-1-0
ES Save % .000 .852
GAA 0.00 4.10

Game Notes

  • The Hurricanes will look to close out the pre-Christmas schedule with a third consecutive victory as they meet the Bruins at PNC Arena. This marks the second meeting between the two teams, as the Bruins topped the Canes in overtime in Boston back on December 1st.
  • Jeff Skinner comes into the game riding the beginning of what could be a patented nice scoring tear. His four goals in the past four games has provided some offensive spark, and his initial tally last evening in Buffalo got the Canes off and running in what would end up a 3-1 road win against the Sabres.
  • The Canes will be putting their nine-game home point streak on the line tonight. The last time they entered the PNC Arena and didn’t come away with points (freon disasters aside) was all the way back on November 10th against the Anaheim Ducks.
  • While a decision has not officially been made, with an extended rest before and after this current back-to-back the Canes are playing, the likely choice in net for Bill Peters will be Cam Ward. Backup Eddie Lack has returned, but has yet to see NHL action since November 10th.
  • Sebastian Aho, since finally scoring his first NHL goal on November 12th, has added to his collection nicely with five more goals, including this empty-netter which sealed last night’s victory in Buffalo.

Projected Lines and Rosters

Both teams played last night, so we don't have a morning skate to go on today, but here's how they lined up yesterday:

Hurricanes

Jeff Skinner - Victor Rask - Derek Ryan
Brock McGinn - Jordan Staal - Elias Lindholm
Sebastian Aho - Teuvo Teravainen - Lee Stempniak
Joakim Nordstrom - Jay McClement - Viktor Stalberg

Jaccob Slavin - Brett Pesce
Ron Hainsey - Justin Faulk
Noah Hanifin - Matt Tennyson

Cam Ward
Eddie Lack

Injuries and Scratches: Bryan Bickell (IR multiple sclerosis), Klas Dahlbeck (healthy), Ryan Murphy (healthy), Andrej Nestrasil (healthy)

Bruins

Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - David Pastrnak
Ryan Spooner - David Krejci - David Backes
Frank Vatrano - Austin Czarnik - Riley Nash
Anton Blidh - Dominic Moore - Jimmy Hayes

Zdeno Chara - Brandon Carlo
Torey Krug - Adam McQuaid
Kevan Miller - Colin Miller

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Injuries and Scratches: Matt Beleskey (IR knee), John-Michael Liles (IR concussion), Tim Schaller (healthy), Noel Acciari (healthy), Joe Morrow (healthy)