Friday, March 14, 2014
W2W4: Bruins host Hurricanes, 1 p.m. ET
By Joe McDonald
The Boston Bruins (44-17-5, 93 points) host the Carolina Hurricanes (29-28-9, 67 points) Saturday afternoon (1 p.m.) at TD Garden. Here's what to watch for:
TOP OF THE HEAP: The Bruins are in the midst of a seven-game winning streak, which has them leading the Eastern Conference. The Bruins are battling the Pittsburgh Penguins for conference supremacy and Boston only has 16 games remaining in the regular season.
WHAT HAVE YOU DONE LATELY: This is the third and final meeting of the season between these two teams. The Bruins won the first two games of the regular-season series 4-1 and 3-2 (OT), respectively. Along with its current winning streak, Boston is 10-1-2 in its past 13 games and 15-2-3 in the past 20. In the midst of this streak, the Bruins have defeated the New York Rangers, Florida Panthers (twice), Washington Capitals, Tampa Bay Lightning, Montreal Canadiens and the Phoenix Coyotes. The Hurricanes are 3-7-0 in their past 10 games. Carolina has won two in a row, including a 3-1 win over the Rangers and a 4-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres.
MASKED MEN: Since Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (30-14-4/2.10/.928) played back-to-back games and posted victories against the Canadiens and Coyotes this week, one would think he would get the day off against the 13th-ranked Hurricanes. If he does, backup Chad Johnson will get the nod. Johnson is 7-0-1 in his past eight starts and is 1-0-0 with a 1.97 GAA in one game against the Hurricanes. If Rask does play, he's 4-3-0 with a 2.41 GAA in eight career games against Carolina. For Carolina, Cam Ward is 12-12-3 with a 2.63 GAA and three shutouts in 27 career games against the Bruins. Justin Peters is 1-0-0 with a 4.62 GAA in three career games against Boston. Anton Khudobin, a former Bruin, has not faced Boston in his career.