The Carolina Hurricanes will try to build on their last game against the Washington Capitals when the team takes on the Boston Bruins tonight at 7 p.m. EST.
The two teams played earlier in the week with the Bruins handily beating the Canes 6-2 at the TD Garden. Since that game, the Hurricanes have put in two strong efforts against the Pittsburgh Penguins and Capitals, but have failed to earn a win.
The Bruins can clinch a playoff spot tonight by earning one point in tonight’s game. The Hurricanes would happily take a point in the game as the team does not have a win or overtime/shootout lost in April.
Coach Kirk Muller announced that Justin Peters will start in net for the Canes. Peters has started the last two games for the Hurricanes and replaced Dan Ellis in the game against the Bruins on Monday. Peters played strong in the two games, only giving up two goals to the Capitals, but the offense has not given the team a chance for a win.
The Hurricanes only scored once against the Capitals and defensemen had two of the three goals against the Penguins. If the team wants to beat
the Bruins the forwards have to start finishing their chances.
Jeff Skinner, who was on an 11-game drought, scored the lone goal against the Capitals. The 20-year-old needs to build on the goal and add a few more over the next few games. Skinner is an integral part of the Hurricanes’ offensive cog and should help Carolina pull out of the tailspin they are currently in.
The Bruins have won three of their last five since picking Jaromir Jagr up at the trade deadline. Jagr has scored a goal and added five assists since joining the Bruins. However, the team lost its last game on Thursday against the New York Islanders, 2-1.
Notes: Patrick Dwyer could make a return to the line-up after missing the last two games with a lower-body injury. The 29-year-old skated at practice this morning. Tim Brent will not play and could be out another week.