The Carolina Hurricanes will face the Boston Bruins for the second time this week in Boston at 1 p.m. this afternoon. The Bruins won the first contest by a 4-1 score. The game will be televised on NHL Network and on the radio at 99.9 FM The Fan.Hurricanes Lineup Tlusty – E. Staal – Skinner Gerbe – J. Staal – Dwyer Lindholm – Nash – Ruutu Bowman – Malhotra – Dvorak Sekera – Faulk Bellemore – Hainsey Gleason – Murphy Peters/Ward Scratches: Semin and Khudobin (Injured). Westgarth, Komisarek and Harrison (Healthy). Bruins Lineup Lucic – Krejci – Iginla Marchand – Bergeron – Eriksson Soderberg – Kelly – Smith Paille – Campbell – Thornton Chara – Hamilton Boychuk – Krug Bartkowski – Miller Rask/Johnson Scratches: McQuaid (Injured).
A slow start put the Hurricanes in a hole in the last game, and while the offense created chances, they couldn’t put any pucks past Tuuka Rask.
However, the Canes now have Jeff Skinner back and with one game under his belt, he should start to get back to the pace he was scoring at before the injury. It may not happen this game as the Bruins are a tough defensive team, but it should come soon.
The Hurricanes’ second line has been playing strong lately and Eric Staal notched an assist in the game against the Red Wings, so the offense may be due for a big game.
A starter has not been announced yet for the Hurricanes, but it’s likely to be Cam Ward, who played the Bruins earlier this week. Justin Peters was not the answer on Thursday, so it will likely go back to the 30-year-old.
The Bruins are the home team so Claude Julien will be able to dictate when they are on the ice, but if Kirk Muller can get the first or second line out against them, it could lead to good things for the Canes.
A recap will be posted after the game.