The Carolina Hurricanes wrap up their short three-game homestand tonight with a visit from the Boston Bruins. Sebastian Aho will look to continue his impressive 11-game points streak before the Canes head out west for the first time this season. The Hurricanes will also be getting their first look at Scott Darling 2.0 in the regular season, as the netminder will make his first appearance of the season following an injury late in training camp. Carolina will also hope to get back on track in terms of their starts, as they have tallied only one first period goal in their last four contests.
He's back! pic.twitter.com/rxqHsahqZB— Carolina PumpCANES (@NHLCanes) October 30, 2018
Carolina is expected to employ a very familiar lineup this evening. Check it out below:
Warren Foegele - Jordan Staal - Justin Williams
Micheal Ferland - Sebastian Aho - Teuvo Teravainen
Jordan Martinook - Lucas Wallmark - Andrei Svechnikov
Brock McGinn - Nicolas Roy - Valentin Zykov
Jaccob Slavin - Dougie Hamilton
Calvin de Haan - Justin Faulk
Trevor van Riemsdyk - Brett Pesce
The Bruins make their way to Raleigh off to a solid start, but are dealing with a fit of injuries. They will begin to get players back tonight, as Torey Krug is expected to return from his ankle issue. The Bruins visit also marked the, er, highly anticipated return of former Cane Joakim Nordstrom. Nordstrom has provided the Bruins with the same number of goals this season (two) as he provided Carolina in 75 games a season ago.
The focus will certainly be centered around the dynamic top line trio of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, and David Pastrnak. That group has accounted for over half of the team’s goal total (19 of 34) in their first 11 games.
Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy confirmed that Torey Krug will be in the lineup for tonight's contest: pic.twitter.com/DV3JbHM3gi— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) October 30, 2018
In net, the Bruins will send out Jaroslav Halak who has outpaced the incumbent starter Tuukka Rask by posting a .945 save percentage in six games (five starts) to begin his Bruins career. Carolina will hope to dish out the first regulation defeat to Halak.
The Bruins are expected to ice the following lines:
Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - David Pastrnak
Danton Heinen - David Krejci - Jake Debrusk
Ryan Donato - Joakim Nordstrom - Anders Bjork
Chris Wagner - Sean Kuraly - Noel Acciari
Zdena Chara - Brandon Carlo
Torey Krug - John Moore
Jeremy Lauzon - Steve Kampfer