W2W4: Bruins host Hurricanes in matinee

November, 22, 2013
11/22/13
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The Boston Bruins (14-6-2, 30 points) host the Carolina Hurricanes (8-10-4, 20 points) on Saturday afternoon at TD Garden. (1 p.m., NESN). Here's what to watch for:

YOU AGAIN: The Bruins and Hurricanes will meet for the second time in six days after Boston defeated Carolina 4-1 last Monday at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C. For the Bruins, Reilly Smith and Carl Soderberg had a goal and assist each, while Johnny Boychuk and Milan Lucic (empty-netter) also scored en route to victory. Boston netminder Tuukka Rask made 23 saves in the win. Tuomo Ruutu scored the lone goal for Carolina. Saturday will mark the second of three meetings between the teams this season. The Hurricanes will attempt to snap a three-game losing skid, while Boston looks to rebound after losing 3-2 to the St. Louis Blues in a shootout Thursday night at TD Garden.

MASKED MEN: Rask played three games in four nights this week, so it's possible that backup Chad Johnson will get the nod against the Hurricanes. If Rask does play, he is 4-3-0 with a 2.41 goals-against average in eight career starts against Carolina. Johnson has not played against the Hurricanes in his career. If he does start, he's 2-1-0 in only three starts this season with a 2.30 GAA and a .917 save percentage. For Carolina, Cam Ward is 12-12-2 with a 2.62 GAA and three shutouts in 26 career games against the Bruins. Justin Peters is 1-0-0 with a 4.62 GAA in three career games against Boston. Former Bruins backup Anton Khudobin, who suffered a lower-body injury and was placed on injury reserve on Oct. 14, is close to returning.

TENACIOUS D: The Bruins have showcased their organizational depth on defense the last few seasons with the likes of Torey Krug, Dougie Hamilton and Matt Bartkowski, and Boston is showing it once again. With injuries to key defensemen Adam McQuaid (lower body) and Dennis Seidenberg (lower body), rookie Kevan Miller made his NHL debut on Thursday and played well. Expect him back in the lineup against Carolina as McQuaid will likely be given a few more days to make sure he's healthy and ready for game action.

Joe McDonald

Reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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