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Bruins vs Hurricanes Preview: Matinee

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Maybe an early game will…help…or something?

Just the Facts:

Game Time: 1:00 PM, TD Garden.

TV Broadcast: NESN, SPSO.

Radio Broadcast: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Rival SB Nation SiteCanes Country

Season Record: Bruins: 10-8-0, 5th in Atlantic Division | Hurricanes: 5-7-3, 7th in Metropolitan Division

Hurricanes Lines:

Jiri TlustyEric StaalZach Boychuk

Nathan GerbeRiley NashAlexander Semin

Jeff SkinnerVictor RaskChris Terry

Pat Dwyer - Jay McClementBrad Malone

Defensive Pairings:

Andrej SekeraJustin Faulk

Jay HarrisonTim Gleason

John-Michael LilesRon Hainsey

Goalies: Cam Ward, Anton Khudobin

IR: Jordan StaalBrett Bellemore

Bruins Lines:

Milan LucicChris Kelly - Seth Griffith

Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Reilly Smith

Matt Fraser - Carl Soderberg - Loui Eriksson

Daniel PailleGregory CampbellSimon Gagne

Defensive Pairings:

Dennis Seidenberg - Dougie Hamilton

Joe Morrow - Adam McQuaid

Torey Krug - Zach Trotman

Goalies: Tuukka Rask, Niklas Svedberg

IR: Kevan Miller, Zdeno Chara, David Krejci, David Warsofsky

Game Notes:

  • The problem with the Bruins right now is deeper than the IR list. Perhaps it is a domino effect but even with a less-than-healthy roster, a successful team's best players are generally consistent. Claude Julien often says that your best players have to be your best players. Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, Reilly Smith, Dennis Seidenberg, and Dougie Hamilton all went minus-3 in the 5-1 loss against some team I don't like on Thursday. At least the 11-2 road trip highlighted specific areas that need improvement, suggested that maybe it isn't a goaltending issue, and reminded Bruins that they cannot get comfortable with wins against below-average teams at the Garden.
  • Boston is characteristically great five-on-five and it showed in the five-game winning streak. When they start slipping up in this aspect in their own zone, possession opportunities also take a hit. It's basic stuff, here. We've seen glimpses of potential like Thursday's first period, so it's not entirely discouraging.
  • Goalie Cam Ward is starting for the Canes, with a record of 5-4-1 and a .912 even strength save percentage to Rask's .911.
  • Remember, today's game is at 1:00 p.m.

    NEVER FORGET:

    Throwback to 2010

    Last Game in Fancy Stats: