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The Bruins are in Raleigh, NC to take on the Carolina Hurricanes. The Bruins have lost 4 straight and 7 out of their last 8 games (1-6-1) and will try to bounce back against one of the worst teams in the National Hockey League when they take the ice at the RBC Center at 5:00 PM.

Know Your Enemy

Carolina Hurricanes (15-28-7)

Head Coach: Paul Maurice

SB Nation's Hurricanes Hockey Blog: Canes Country

Leading Goal Scorers:


G A P +/- PIM
2009 - Ray Whitney 15 22 37 -7 18


G A P +/- PIM
2009 - Eric Staal 14 23 37 -3 46


G A P +/- PIM
2009 - Jussi Jokinen 14 20 34 -2 24

 

Goaltending:


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2009 - Cam Ward 35 1960 10 19 94 2.88 1021 927 .908 0


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2009 - Manny Legace 14 717 4 5 37 3.10 360 323 .897 0

Injury Report


Boston Bruins Injuries

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Andrew Ference groin 01/06/2010
Marc Savard knee 01/08/2010
Byron Bitz
undisclosed
01/18/2010
Steve Begin undisclosed 01/18/2010
Marco Sturm leg 01/18/2010


Carolina Hurricanes Injuries

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Scott Walker shoulder 01/01/2010
Casey Borer neck 09/14/2009
Joe Corvo leg 12/01/2009

- Goalie Manny Legace is also dealing with an eye injury, so look for Cam Ward to get the start in goal. Erik Cole is also considered doubtful for this afternoon's game.

Notes:

- The Bruins and Hurricanes met once this year back on October 3rd when the Bruins cruised to an easy 7-2 win.

- The Hurricanes don't have a single player on their roster with a positive +/- rating.

- Former Celtic Eric Montross is scheduled to sound the siren (the Hurricanes' lame nightly gimmick).

- The Bruins have called up Adam McQuaid (again) from Providence. This could be a sign that Julien might scratch one of his under-performing defenseman, possibly Dennis Wideman.

- Byron Bitz (undisclosed), Marco Sturm (leg), and Steve Begin (undisclosed) will not play and did not make the trip down to North Carolina.

- The Bruins need to jump out to an early lead. The B's are 16-4-1 when they score the first goal. The Hurricanes are 4-15-5 when giving up the game's first goal.

- It looks like public enemy #1 Scott Walker is out of the lineup with a shoulder injury.

- I don't know who thought it was a good idea to play a game at 5:00 PM on a Sunday afternoon during the NFL playoffs.

- This afternoon's game is on NESN. The Public Skate open thread starts right here at 4:30.

Today's Obligatory Embarrassing Hurricanes Fan YouTube Video