Monday night the Boston Bruins look to weather the storm as they host the Carolina Hurricanes in the second meeting of the season after a 5-3 domination at the end of January. Contributing to that win were forwards Brad Marchand, Nathan Horton, David Krejci and Tyler Seguin along with defenseman and captain Zdeno Chara.
In order to win this match up, the team is going to have to perform in much of the same fashion as they did in January, as a whole, solidified unit with contributions from all four lines. The last time these two teams met they scored every goal imaginable except a penalty shot, registering a power play goal, short-handed goal, even strength goal and an empty net goal. Despite having a floundering Carolina line up to face, they are going to have to show up ready to play a full sixty minute game of committed hockey in order to earn the much needed 2 points in the standings.
As it stands right now, the Bruins holds 6 point advantage in the Eastern Conference for 4th place, giving them home-ice advantage in the playoffs. They are also 7-0-1 in their last eight games at home and hold the Conference’s best home-ice record of 13-2-2 this season.
Carolina has been struggling to generate any offense to find ways to get the puck to the back of the net, especially in the absence of forward Alexander Semin from the line up who is out with an upper body injury. They will be facing ex-Bruin Joe Corvo who it looks like the Bruins made a smart decision in dropping as he currently sports no points and a -6 rating. Their biggest concern is going to be the team’s captain Eric Staal who seems to know exactly how to score against the Bruins squad as he managed to post a goal and two assists in the last meeting. Between him, his brother Jordan and Jeff Skinner the Bruins should have their gloves full.
In the absence of Patrice Bergeron and the addition of Wade Redden, Kaspars Daugavins and Jaromir Jagr, the lines for the Bruins have been looking a bit differently. Today it was noted that Tyler Seguin had been dropped to the third line playing alongside Chris Kelly who is set to return to action at some point this week. The change doesn’t come as much of a surprise after the forward admittedly stated that being a center-man was a lot more difficult than he expected with a lot more area to cover.
Defenseman Wade Redden is still looking to make his debut with the Bruins after being put as a healthy scratch against the Canadiens on Saturday evening to give Matt Bartkowski the opportunity to continue to rove himself worthy of the roster position.
The Bruins only scratches aside from healthy ones are forwards Patrice Bergeron who is out indefinitely with a ‘moderate’ concussion, Chris Kelly who is now day-to-day with a broken left tibia and defenseman Adam McQuaid who has a separated left shoulder.
Faceoff is set for 7:00PM and can be seen on New England Sports Network.