The Carolina Hurricanes dominated the Stanley Cup champions in October with one victory at home and another in Boston. However, the Bruins are not the same tired, frustrated team they were in the fall. Despite a slow start, Boston is now 28-11-1. The Canes’ success has been more unpredictable with a 15-23-7 record.
Carolina’s boys tallied 21 points in 120 minutes opposed to the wimpy 9 points claimed by Boston (wimpy, wimpy, wimpy…hefty, hefty, hefty) . Although, the big story between the two contests was the ridiculous 72 penalty minutes earned by Bruins during the October 18th game. Click here if you need a refresher on that insane game.
Cam Ward was the superhero in the two fantastical wins making 62 stops and earning a .952 SV%. Not to mention going skate-to-skate with one angry Zdeno Chara and surviving.
Canes are without the Bruins killer, Joni Pitkanen, who had 2 goals and 2 assists this year against the fellow Eastern Conference team. Have no fear, other players have been quite successful facing Claude Julien’s team. Anthony Stewart has gotten two pucks in the net for the Hurricanes while Tuomu Ruutu has a goal and a helper in the series. Jiri Tlusty had the game-winner in the October 12th game and is coming off a 2 goal, 1 assist contest against Tampa.
Canes are also without Jeff Skinner. Although the talented forward was cleared for contact, he is still working on his safe return.
Brad Marchand will be absent for the Bruins as he continues to serve his 5 game suspension for his predatory hit on Canucks’ Sami Salo.
David Krejci is on a 10 game point streak that I would really like to see come to an end tonight.
Let’s go for the third TKO Hurricanes! Woo!