November 18, 2013; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes defensemen Tim Gleason (6) checks the Boston Bruins forward Jarome Iginla (12) during the 3rd period at PNC Center. The Boston Bruins defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes: Game #23 at Boston Bruins

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.

One thing the Hurricanes have to take advantage of is the third defensive pair of the Bruins. Matt Bartkowski and Kevan Miller are young d-men with not a whole lot of NHL experience.

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.

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