November 18, 2013

Tale of the Tape: Bruins vs. Hurricanes

By Jesse Connolly

TEAM STATS

RECORD

STANDINGS

GOALS FOR

GOALS AGAINST

POWER PLAY

PENALTY KILL

 

12-6-1 (25 pts) 2nd in Atlantic
2nd in East
2.74 (14th) 1.84 (1st) 18.0% (17th) 86.7% (4th)
 
8-8-4 (20 pts) 4th in Metro
10th in East
1.90 (28th) 2.60 (16th) 13.2% (25th) 80.6% (21st)

TEAM LEADERS

GOALS

ASSISTS

POINTS

+/-

PIM

WINS

GAA

SV%

 

Milan Lucic (8) David Krejci (13) David Krejci (16) Dennis Seidenberg (+10)
Adam McQuaid (33) Tuukka Rask (10) Tuukka Rask (1.68) Tuukka Rask (.943)
   
Gerbe, Staal (5) Staal, four others (6) Eric Staal (11)
Dvorak, Skinner (+5)
Eric Staal (22) Justin Peters (4)
Anton Khudobin (2.00)
Anton Khudobin (.929)


SEASON SERIES

Nov. 18, 2013: Boston @ Carolina

Nov. 23, 2013: Carolina @ Boston

Mar. 15, 2014: Carolina @ Boston

 

PROJECTED LINEUP

IN NET

INJURIES

Lucic - Krejci - Iginla
Marchand - Bergeron - Eriksson
Soderberg - Kelly - Smith
Paille - Campbell - Thornton 

Chara - Hamilton
Seidenberg - Krug
Bartkowski - Boychuk

Tuukka Rask

Adam McQuaid (groin)


Bowman - E. Staal - Ruutu
Gerbe - J. Staal - Dwyer
Tlusty - Nash - Terry
Komisarek - Malhotra - Dvorak

Faulk - Sekera
Bellemore - Hiansey
Murphy - Gleason 


Cam Ward

Anton Khudobin (lower body)
Joni Pitkanen (heel)
Alex Semin (upper body)
Jeff Skinner (upper body)
Kevin Westgarth (upper body) 

 


NEWS & NOTES

* The Hurricanes stumbled out of the gate but come into this one on a 4-1-1 run, having beaten some pretty good teams (Colorado, Anaheim) in the process. During that stretch, Justin Peters made every start and rocked a 1.46 goals-against average.

* The B's saw their four-game winning streak come to a close on Friday in Ottawa. The Sens scored four unanswered goals, including three in the third period, to rally for a 4-2 victory.

* Adam McQuaid remains out of action for the B's, as the defenseman did not come along on this three-game road swing.

 

ON A ROLL

ICE COLD

FUN FACTS


Loui Eriksson (3 pts last 2 GP)

Matt Bartkowski (3 pts last 3 GP)

Carl Soderberg (0 pts last 3 GP)

Reilly Smith (0 pts last 3 GP)

* Jarome Iginla has simply killed the Hurricanes throughout his NHL career. He has 11 goals and eight assists in 18 games against Carolina.


Nathan Gerbe (3 pts last 3 GP)

Ryan Murphy (2 pts last 3 GP)

Tuomu Ruutu (0 pts last 11 GP)

Jiri Tlusty (0 pts last 3 GP)

* Home ice has hardly been an advantage for Eric Staal. The All-Star center has just 2-2-4 totals in 12 games and is minus-9 (compared to minus-1 in eight road tilts).


WHAT TO WATCH FOR

* In years past, you would've thought the B's were fortunate to run into Peters, but the B's are catching a break dodging the red-hot netminder. This, of course, is because Cam Ward has returned from injured reserve. The 29-year-old goaltender had been sidelined since Oct. 24 with a lower-body injury. Expect him to be rusty. If the B's are smart, they'll put a lot of pucks on net in the first period.

* Carolina's offense is simply abysmal. Injuries and individual struggles have been so prominent that Drayson Bowman and Tuomo Ruutu, who have two points combined in the last nine games, have been promoted to the first line. Defenseman Mike Komisarek -- yes, that guy who used to play for Montreal and Toronto, and got beat up by Milan Lucic all the time -- is in the lineup as a fourth-line forward. Sum it all up and the lesson is this: The Bruins should have no trouble shutting the 28th-ranked offense in the NHL down.

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Email: jconnolly@hockeyjournal.com