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PREVIEW: Boston Bruins visit Carolina Hurricanes

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Hope you have the day off too, so you can shovel away your anticipation for tonight’s tilt!

NHL: Boston Bruins at Carolina Hurricanes James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Just the Facts:

When: 7:00 PM

Where: PNC Arena, Raleigh, NC

How to follow: SN1, SNE, SNO, FS-CR, NESN

Rival SBN site: Canes Country

Know your Enemy

The Carolina Hurricanes currently sit seven points outside of the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.
Leading Scorers: Teuvo Teravainen - 20G-34A-54PTS; Sebastian Aho - 24G-29A-53PTS
Expected Opposing Goalie: Cam Ward, 19-11-4, 2.70 GAA, .907 Sv%

Game notes

In Boston’s game against Chicago on Sunday, the absence of scoring (from the B’s) wasn’t for lack of effort; the Bruins had only five fewer shot attempts from the hashmarks and closer - that small ten-by-six section of ice right in front of the goalie that is usually pretty well-defended - but there was no way they could repeat their 20% shooting rate from Saturday, when they potted four of their seven goals from that spot. Their focus and shooting were coming from the right place, at least on offense; the lone goal on Sunday was taken just above the ‘box’ when Zdeno Chara ripped it.

Against the New York Rangers last night, the Hurricanes ran into a goalie playing extremely well under pressure; Alexandar Georgiev may have let in a couple, but he was outstanding while defending 3-2 and 4-3 leads in the third period. A rejuvenated Viktor Rask, who netted his first goal in 19 games, may be a handful against the Bruins now that he’s had a spark. The wing duo of Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Teravainen may have began more shifts in the offensive zone, but they also led the Hurricanes’ possession domination for nearly the entire second and third periods. Their fourth line also

What’s still unclear is how the Bruins will respond after losing a game in the last few minutes of regulation, a situation that they’ve come out of favorably more often than not this season. As long as the players get right back to work in the slot and demonstrate that they still deserve to be second in the East, Boston will get right back on track. We might also wonder which Cam Ward we’ll see, since it’s likely that he’ll start the second game of the back-to-back set for the ‘Canes.

NEVER FORGET:

A bit of recent history: shelling the ‘Canes and forcing Cam Ward to the bench after five minutes of play.