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PREVIEW: Carolina Hurricanes at Boston Bruins, 7PM

With the trade deadline behind us, let’s start looking forward to the next few months and the boost to Boston’s lineup.

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Just the Facts:

Time: 7:00pm EST

Place: TD Garden, Boston, MA

Place to Watch: NESN, FS-CR

Place to Listen: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Opposing SBNation Blog: Canes Country

Standings

Boston - 37-15-8, 84pts, 3rd in Atlantic

Carolina - 27-25-10, 7th in Metropolitan

The Opposing Team

Offensive leaders

Sebastian Aho, Teuvo Teravainen - 47 points each; 21 goals to Aho and 15 to Teravainen

Goaltending

Cam Ward is the better goalie on the ‘Canes, but compared to Scott Darling, Ward is a brick wall. Ward is sporting a neat .908 SV%, while Darling is well below average at .890.

Game Notes

  • The wild weekend that is the Trade Deadline is now behind us; and, with a few new acquisitions, the Bruins should figure to get them acclimated to game action as a Bruin sooner rather than later.
  • While Boston was splashing away in the deep end, Carolina stood pat and added just a ‘tweener center from Pittsburgh (and Wilkes-Barre). For a team that really needed a spark in the last week, the move was underwhelming; this is compounded by the team’s recent 0-4-1 slide.
  • Let’s hope, with the deadline in the rear-view, the Bruins can turn their focus back to winning. Two regulation losses over the weekend dropped them into 3rd in the division - down from 2nd, behind Toronto..
  • It’s also this author’s sincere hope that some of the depth be tested early, to know exactly what assets we’ve received. It’s true that there has been a game already - however, getting Tommy Wingels and Nick Holden into at least SOME game action.

NEVER FORGET:

This little gem of a shorthanded shift.