Game #67: Carolina Hurricanes (29-28-9) vs. Boston Bruins (44-17-5)
Location: TD Garden, Boston
Time: 1:00 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN/98.5 The Sports Hub
The Boston Bruins will welcome the Carolina Hurricanes into TD Garden Saturday afternoon. Boston will be in search of their eighth straight victory. The meeting marks the third and final game between the two sides this season. The Bruins defeated the Canes twice in less than a week’s time back in November, winning 4-1 and 3-2.
Boston’s current eight game winning streak is the longest current streak in the NHL. Every point is crucial at this time of year with the Bruins battling the Pittsburgh Penguins for tops in conference.
Carolina is clinging to their playoff lives. They recently dropped seven of eight games while plummeting in the Metropolitan Division standings. Though Carolina, led by Jeff Skinner, have won two straight and they are now rejuvenated with hope.
Skinner has notched three goals in his last four games. He leads the club with 26 goals. Captain Eric Staal leads the team with 51 points.
The Hurricanes will have to be perfect if they have hopes of beating the Bruins. Boston has been benefitting from dominant goaltending and strong offensive play during their stretch of supremacy.
Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward has won two straight games. Their chances of winning hinge on his performance against a Boston offense that has been averaging four goals a game over their past eight contests.
Carl Soderberg has been an integral piece to Boston’s offensive success. He scored a goal in a previous game against the Hurricanes at PNC Arena earlier in the year.
Torey Krug is expected to return to the lineup after Claude Julien scratched the rookie defenseman on Thursday night. Daniel Paille is also expected back after missing a pair of games with a concussion.