The Carolina Hurricanes will welcome the Eastern Conference champions, the Boston Bruins, to Raleigh for the first time this season at 7 p.m. ET. The game will be televised on Fox Sports: Carolinas and on the radio at 99.9 FM The Fan.
11:15 UPDATE: Muller has shifted up the lines on offense, while Jay Harrison and Alex Semin were both missing from practice. Radek Dovorak and Cam Ward will be making their returns.Hurricanes Lineup Bowman – E. Staal – Ruutu Gerbe – J. Staal – Dwyer Dvorak – Nash – Terry Tlusty – Malhotra – Komisarek Sekera – Faulk Bellemore – Hainsey Harrison – Gleason Ward [Peters] Scratches: Semin, Skinner, Westgarth, Khudobin (Injured). Murphy (Healthy). Bruins Lineup Lucic – Krejci – Iginla Marchand – Bergeron – Eriksson Soderberg – Kelly – Smith Paille – Campbell – Thornton Chara – Hamilton Seidenberg – Krug Bartkowski – Boychuk Rask [Johnson] Scratches: None.
It’s the same old Bruins the Hurricanes will be facing tonight. The tough team that can roll all four lines with the possibility of scoring, while playing strong team defense will make it hard for any team to win.
But there’s still ways to beat them. Using speed against the Bruins’ defense is one way. Zdeno Chara is one of the best defensemen in the game, but can sometimes be beat to the outside.
The Hurricanes’ first line will be seeing a lot of Chara and Patrice Bergeron, who can beat you in his own end and in your end.
Getting a strong effort from the second line will be important for the Canes as getting offense from their depth has led to a number of their wins lately.
However, the team may be without Alex Semin. He was injured against the Blues in the last game, but no further update has been given. It’s possible Jeff Skinner and Radek Dvorak are ready, but no updates on them have been given either.
Justin Peters has been on fire lately and kept the team in the game in St. Louis. It would be nice if the Hurricanes didn’t have to rely on him game in and game out, and got some more offense going.
UPDATE: Cam Ward is making his return tonight, starting. It will be interesting to see how he does after another knee injury and has returned quicker to the net than expected.
A recap will be posted after the game.