The Bruins and Hurricanes face-off tomorrow at 7pm for their fourth match-up of the season. The Bruins will be looking for their first win against the team since February 1, 2011. With Andrew Ference coming back into the line-up,following a three-game suspension, the Bruins are sure to have a defensive advantage, as long as McQuaid is okay to play. McQuaid suffered a lower body injury late in the game Tuesday night against the Ottawa Senators and missed this morning’s practice. Reports from this morning’s interviews stated:
“Coach Julien said McQuaid “got injured last night.” CJ added it’s a lower body injury and he’ll be reevaluated tomorrow AM.” (@NHLBruins)
On the offensive side of things, Nathan Horton is still listed as day-to-day with a mild concussion and has yet to step foot on the ice since the injury occurred. Fingers crossed this doesn’t end up a recurring injury for Horton with the same fate as former team mate Marc Savard. With Nathan Hortonstill missing from the line-up, forward Rich Peverley has some big shoes to fill and seems to be doing just fine. In Tuesday’s game against the Senators he registered 2 shots on net and an assist in 19:35 of ice time, not bad.( via Bruins Box Score) It’s no question the Bruins have one of the best third and fourth lines in the entire League, but in order to pull out the ‘W’ against this team, everyone is going to have to play a full sixty.
The Hurricanes are going into Thursday night’s game without Chad LaRose who is listed day to day with illness and defenseman Joni Pitkanen who has missed the last 30 games due to a knee injury. They have called up Drayson Bowman from the Charlotte Checkers, Bowman has registered 2 goals and 3 assists this season, playing in only 13 games.( via Carolina Hurricane News)
Both teams are fairly matched and are strong third period teams, thus calling for high intensity with tempers flaring and a hunger to win, there’s no telling what this game is going to bring. Lets just hope the Bruins can maintain their focus and not let their tempers get the best of them.