Alexei Ponikarovsky celebrates after his goal against the Devils (Courtesy: Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

Game Preview: Bruins @ Canes (10/12/11)

After three hard-fought games resulting in only 1 point, the Carolina Hurricanes (0-2-1) hope to get their first victory of the season as they welcome the defending Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins (1-2-0) to the RBC Center tonight. The Bruins are coming off of a 1-0 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Monday night. It will be the return of former Canes Dennis Seidenberg and Joe Corvo for the first time this season. Corvo was traded in the off-season to the Boston Bruins for a 4th round pick in the 2012 draft. This will also mean that current Hurricane Tomas Kaberle will be facing the team that he won the Stanley Cup with last year.

Boston went through a couple of changes in the off-season, with the retirement of three-time Stanley Cup champion Mark Recchi and Michael Ryder signing a free agent contract with the Dallas Stars. Most of the core still exists with Zedeno Chara, Tim Thomas and Milan Lucic. The Bruins might be out David Krejci, as he was injured during practice and the team was not sure if he would be able to make the trip. Forward Marc Savard and defenseman Steven Kampfer are on injured reserve. Yesterday, the Bruins signed Rich Peverley to a 3-year contract extension through the 2014-15 season. He registered 12 points (4G, 8A) in the Stanley Cup playoffs last season and was a major factor for the Bruins after being acquired from the Atlanta Thrashers on February 18th, 2011. To catch up on today’s opponent, make sure to check out Causeway Crowd.

UPDATE: According to Causeway Crowd, Krejci will be out for at least tonight’s game against the Hurricanes.

The Hurricanes will expect to go with most of the same line up that they went with against the Devils. Head coach Paul Maurice said yesterday that he is somewhat concerned with rookie Justin Faulk’s minutes saying, “We need to be careful how much we put on his plate real early.” Does this mean a change for the lineup going forward? Make sure to check back for our game recap and the game preview Friday against Buffalo.

 

UPDATE: Expect these lines for the game tonight against Boston:

Skinner – Staal – LaRose

Ponikarovsky – Jokinen – Ruutu

Tlusty – Sutter – Dwyer

Stewart – Brent – Dalpe

In practice this morning, the defensive pairings were as follows:

Pitkanen – McBain

Gleason – Allen

Kaberle – Harrison

It looks like Faulk, Murphy and Joslin will be the scratches tonight.

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