NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, March 15th
(All times Eastern)
Carolina Hurricanes (29-28-9) at Boston Bruins (44-17-5), 1 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Boston Bruins will try to record eight straight wins
for the first time in over two years when the Eastern Conference leaders
welcome the Carolina Hurricanes for Saturday's clash at TD Garden.
The Bruins picked up a 2-1 home win over Phoenix on Thursday, giving Boston
its first seven-game winning streak since Dec. 10-28, 2011. The last time
Boston won eight in a row was earlier that season when it posted 10
consecutive victories from Nov. 1-23.
Boston gave head coach Claude Julien his 300th win with the Bruins with the
close win over the Coyotes. Zdeno Chara and Jarome Iginla notched first-period
goals for the B's and Tuukka Rask made the lead stand up with a 21-save
Julien, meanwhile, saw his record in six-plus seasons with Boston improve to
300-161-61. Only the legendary Art Ross has more wins (361) for the franchise.
"It's not so much the streak, but it's the consistency which has marked each
game which is impressive," Julien said. "I'm proud to have accomplished this
(milestone) in Boston. I'm really looking forward to another 300."
Boston kicked off a three-game homestand on Thursday and pushed its impressive
record in Beantown this season to 26-7-2. The club will cap the residency
Monday evening against Minnesota.
The Bruins are 13 points ahead of second-place Toronto for first place in the
Atlantic Division and they also enter Saturday one point in front of
Pittsburgh for the conference lead.
Carolina hopes to slow down the Bruins on Saturday afternoon when they take
aim at a third consecutive victory. The 'Canes, however, are 0-1-1 against
Boston this season and have lost four of the past five encounters in this
The Hurricanes, who are six points out of a playoff spot in the East, are
coming off wins over the New York Rangers and Buffalo Sabres. Both of those
wins came on home ice, where Kirk Muller's club is 17-13-5 this season.
Carolina hopes to stay hot on the road on Saturday. The 'Canes are 12-15-4 as
the guest in 2013-14 and are playing four of their next five away from
Boston has won two in a row and seven of the last 10 meetings with Carolina at
Jiri Tlusty scored the winning goal with 6:17 to play to lift the Hurricanes
to a 4-2 win over the visiting Sabres on Thursday.
Alexander Semin posted a goal and an assist while Jeff Skinner also lit the
lamp for the Hurricanes. Cam Ward stopped 21 shots in the win.
"It's not easy for goalies when you don't get a lot of shots," said Carolina
head coach Kirk Muller. "Cam has a history of doing really well when he gets a
lot of shots in a game. He made the saves when we needed them."
With the Hurricanes set to play today in Boston before hosting Edmonton on
Sunday, Anton Khudobin could get the start on Saturday.
Khudobin spent time with the Bruins from 2011-2013 before signing a one-year
deal with Carolina last summer. The 27-year-old appeared in 15 games for
Boston, recording a 10-4-1 record along the way. Khudobin has never faced his
If Khudobin starts on Saturday, Ward will likely get the call in Sunday's tilt
with the Oilers.
Boston forward Daniel Paille could return from a two-game absence on Saturday.
He has been suffering from a mild concussion sustained Sunday against the
'Canes defenseman Justin Faulk has missed the last five games with an upper-
body issue and is questionable for Saturday. Fellow blueliner John-Michael
Liles expects to sit out a fourth straight game for Carolina with a
03/15 10:19:53 ET