WHEN: Tonight, 7pm,
WHERE: TD Garden, Boston
WHERE TO WATCH: NESN, FS Carolina, TVA
RECORDS: Us: (38-23-7), Them: (30-26-11)
STARTERS: Us: TUUKKA RASK. Them: CAM WARD
5 IMPORTANT THINGS:
- The Bruins can take sole lead of the Atlantic tonight with a win, as they're level on points with Tampa
- Carolina defenseman Noah Hanifin is a Boston native (Norwood). He expects to have 40 to 50 family in the Garden tonight.
- The Bruins have won 7 of the last 10 games v the Canes in Boston, the majority by two or more goals.
- Canes are 2-0-1 since the trade deadline. The Bruins have gone 4-1-0 in the same span.
- Tuukka Rask gets the start for the Bruins on his 29th birthday.
OPPOSITION PLAYER TO WATCH:
NOAH HANIFIN (D) - The Boston-born rookie has settled beautifully in the South this season, with 14 pts in 64 games. A few growing pains have been seen in his game, but he is fast becoming one of the lynchpins of a nondescript Canes blueline who lost their anchor, JM Liles, to Boston at the deadline. He'll be one of the players the Canes rely on tonight.