The Carolina Hurricanes (29-28-9) will look to extend their winning streak to three this afternoon as they take on the Boston Bruins (44-17-5) in a matinee game at 1 p.m. The game will be televised on Fox Sports: Carolinas and 99.9 FM The Fan.
The Bruins won the two earlier meetings in November.Hurricanes Lineup Jiri Tlusty – Jordan Staal – Alexander Semin Jeff Skinner – Eric Staal – Elias Lindholm Nathan Gerbe – Riley Nash – Patrick Dwyer Drayson Bowman – Andrei Loktionov – Radek Dvorak Andrej Sekera – Ryan Murphy Ron Hainsey – Mike Komisarek Brett Bellemore – Jay Harrison Cam Ward/Anton Khudobin Possible Scratches: John-Michael Liles, Justin Faulk (Injured). Manny Malhotra and Justin Peters (Healthy). Bruins Lineup Milan Lucic – David Krejci – Jarome Iginla Brad Marchand – Patrice Bergeron – Rielly Smith Carl Soderberg – Chris Kelly – Louis Eriksson Jordan Caron – Gregory Campbell – Shawn Thornton Zdeno Chara – Dougie Hamilton Matt Bartkowski – Johnny Boychuk Kevan Miller - Andrej Meszaros Tuukka Rask/Chad Johnson Possible Scratches: Daniel Paille, Dennis Seidenberg and Adam McQuaid (Injured).
For a team that has played itself out of the playoffs, it has actually looked like a playoff team lately. However, continuing that against a tough Bruins team will not be easy.
There’s a good chance Justin Faulk will make his return to the lineup after missing five games with an upper-body injury.
Cam Ward is probable to be in net after earning wins in his last two starts.
The Bruins play a tough game, as mentioned earlier, which usually leads to a good matchup between the Hurricanes’ speedy forwards and the Bruins’ rough-and-tumble forwards and defensemen.
And the team is coming in on an impressive run with seven straight wins. The team has not lost since March 1, winning games over the Tampa Bay Lightning and Montreal Canadiens in the process.
Tuukka Rask is considered one of the best netminders in the NHL and will provide competition in any game he is in.
A recap will be posted after the game.