After more than a week off after sweeping the Montreal Canadiens in the first round, the Bruins will return to The Garden ice tonight to face the Carolina Hurricanes in game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
Bruins Projected Lines & D-Pairs
P.J. Axelsson - Marc Savard - Phil Kessel
Mark Recchi - Patrice Bergeron - Chuck Kobasew
Milan Lucic - David Krejci - Michael Ryder
Shawn Thornton - Stephane Yelle - Blake Wheeler
Zdeno Chara - Aaron Ward
Andrew Ference- Dennis Wideman
Mark Stuart - Steve Montador
HURrICANEs Projected Lines & D-Pairs
Ray Whitney - Eric Staal - Chad LaRose
Tuomo Ruutu - Matt Cullen - Erik Cole
Sergei Samsonov - Rod Brind'Amour - Patrick Eaves
Ryan Bayda - Jussi Jokinen - Scott Walker
Tim Gleason - Joe Corvo
Joni Pitkanen - Dennis Seidenberg
Niclas Wallin - Anton Babchuk
Projected Starting Goaltenders:
LW Marco Sturm: Out for Season (knee)
D Andrew Ference: Probable (undisclosed injury, by most accounts a groin injury)
D Matt Hunwick: Out for Series (Spleen)
No Injuries to Report
- The Bruins had an optional skate this morning, while the Hurricanes decided not to hold a morning skate.
- Manny Fernandez was the first goalie off the ice this morning, but I would be very surprised to see him get the start tonight.
- Claude Julien said that Andrew Ference is a "game-time decision". I would expect Ference to be in the lineup tonight.
- A 7:30 start time and a Friday night home game seems very strange. When the Bruins hosted the Florida Panthers on November 21, 2008, it was the first Friday night home game since 1977.
- Public Skate (open thread) starts at 6:30 PM ET
"I've had success against Boston in the past. I like playing in their building."
- Eric Staal
That quote might end up on the bulletin board in the Bruins dressing room
Eyes on the Storms
Canes Country (SBN): Bubba and Cory do some great work over there. Their daily Hurricanes Newsstand will point you in the right direction for news and stories on this series from both sides of the Mason-Dixon Line.
Canes Now: The News & Observer's Hurricanes blog (think Boston.com's Bruins Blog).
Tracking the Storm: Blog from Carolina Hurricanes official website. Think of it as Carolina's version of Bish's Blog.