|51||BOSTON||-130||Ov 5.5,-105||-135||Ov 5.5,-105|
|52||CAROLINA||+110||Un 5.5,-115||+115||Un 5.5,-115|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||0-1-0||-1||0-1||-1||1-0||3.0||29.0||4.0||33.0|
|Last 5 Games||3-1-0||+2||3-1||+2||2-2||3.0||29.2||2.0||26.7|
|Team Stats (All Games)||4||12||3||4||4||1||1||117||10.3%||17||1||5.9%||18|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||1||3||0||2||1||0||0||29||10.3%||5||1||20.0%||5|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||4||12||3||4||4||1||1||117||10.3%||17||1||5.9%||18|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||8||4||3||0||1||0||107||7.5%||17||0||0.0%||11|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||4||2||1||0||1||0||33||12.1%||5||0||0.0%||5|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||8||4||3||0||1||0||107||7.5%||17||0||0.0%||11|
|ANTON KHUDOBIN (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|ANTON KHUDOBIN (Road Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|TUUKKA RASK (All Games)||4||4||107||99||92.5%||0||3-1||+2||3-1-0||+2||2-2|
|TUUKKA RASK (Road Games)||1||1||33||29||87.9%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||1-0|
|TUUKKA RASK (Last 4 Games)||4||4||107||99||92.5%||0||3-1||+2||3-1-0||+2||2-2|
|TIM THOMAS (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|TIM THOMAS (Road Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||1-1-0||-0.6||1-1||-0.6||1-1||3.5||37.0||3.5||29.5|
|Last 5 Games||2-2-0||-0.3||2-2||-0.3||2-2||2.7||39.2||3.2||31.2|
|Team Stats (All Games)||4||11||0||6||5||0||2||158||7.0%||20||3||15.0%||15|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||2||7||0||5||2||0||1||74||9.5%||9||1||11.1%||9|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||4||11||0||6||5||0||2||157||7.0%||20||3||15.0%||15|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||13||6||3||4||0||0||125||10.4%||22||5||22.7%||23|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||7||2||2||3||0||0||59||11.9%||12||1||8.3%||13|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||13||6||3||4||0||0||125||10.4%||22||5||22.7%||23|
|DAN ELLIS (All Games)||2||2||54||52||96.3%||0||1-1||+0.2||1-1-0||0||1-1|
|DAN ELLIS (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|DAN ELLIS (Last 4 Games)||2||2||54||52||96.3%||0||1-1||+0.2||1-1-0||0||1-1|
|JUSTIN PETERS (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JUSTIN PETERS (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|CAM WARD (All Games)||3||2||71||60||84.5%||0||1-1||-0.6||1-1-0||-1||1-1|
|CAM WARD (Home Games)||2||2||59||52||88.1%||0||1-1||-0.6||1-1-0||-1||1-1|
|CAM WARD (Last 4 Games)||3||2||71||60||84.5%||0||1-1||-0.6||1-1-0||-1||1-1|
|Average power rating of opponents played: BOSTON 2.99, CAROLINA 2.92|
|1/19/2013||NY RANGERS||3-1||W||0, -140||W||5 ov||U|
|1/21/2013||WINNIPEG||2-1||W||0, -185||W||5.5 ov||U|
|1/23/2013||at NY RANGERS||3-4||L||0, +105||L||5 ov||O|
|1/25/2013||NY ISLANDERS||4-2||W||0, -185||W||5.5 un||O|
|1/28/2013||at CAROLINA|| |
|1/29/2013||NEW JERSEY|| |
|2/2/2013||at TORONTO|| |
|2/6/2013||at MONTREAL|| |
|1/19/2013||at FLORIDA||1-5||L||0, -110||L||5 ov||O|
|1/22/2013||TAMPA BAY||1-4||L||0, -155||L||5.5 ov||U|
|1/24/2013||BUFFALO||6-3||W||0, -130||W||5.5 un||O|
|1/25/2013||at BUFFALO||3-1||W||0, +135||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/2/2013||at PHILADELPHIA|| |
|2/4/2013||at TORONTO|| |
|2/7/2013||at OTTAWA|| |
LAST SEASON: 49-29-4, 102 points. Lost to Washington 4-3 in first round.
COACH: Claude Julien, 6th season with Bruins, 228-132-50; 10th overall, 347-218-10-73 in NHL.
ADDED: D Dougie Hamilton (rookie). F Chris Bourque.
LOST: G Tim Thomas (suspended). F Marc Savard (concussions).
PLAYER TO WATCH: G Tuukka Rask. With Thomas, the two-time Vezina Trophy winner, opting to take a year off, the Bruins will rely on former backup Rask as the primary goaltender. He won the job from Thomas in 2009-10, posting a 1.97 GAA. Anton Khudobin will be the backup.
OUTLOOK: The Bruins are essentially the same team that won the Stanley Cup two years ago - with the important exception of Thomas. The enigmatic Conn Smythe Trophy winner from the title run surprised the team by deciding to take a year off to rest. He will be placed on the suspended list.
LAST SEASON: 33-33-16, 82 points. Missed playoffs by finishing 12th in Eastern Conference.
COACH: Kirk Muller, 2nd season overall and with Hurricanes, 25-20-12.
ADDED: C Jordan Staal, LW Alexander Semin, RW Kevin Westgarth, D Joe Corvo, G Dan Ellis.
LOST: C Brandon Sutter, D Bryan Allen, D Derek Joslin, D Jaroslav Spacek, G Brian Boucher, RW Anthony Stewart.
PLAYER TO WATCH: C Eric Staal. The team captain and face of the franchise blossomed after Muller took over two months into last season, with 19 goals and 40 assists in the final 57 games. With his younger brother on the team and veteran Semin on his line, Staal should have enough pieces around him to carry the team to the playoffs.
OUTLOOK: The Hurricanes have made the playoffs just once since winning the 2006 Stanley Cup, but the additions of Jordan Staal and Semin should give them enough quality offensive depth to reach the postseason - even in a tough Southeast Division.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (BOSTON-CAROLINA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Bruins-Hurricanes Preview* ===========================
By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
Boston (3-0-1) at Carolina (2-2-0), 7:00 p.m. EDT
Strong penalty killing and contributions from the fourth line have helped the Boston Bruins get off to a solid start.
The Carolina Hurricanes, meanwhile, seem to have shaken off their lockout rust.
Boston looks to keep rolling Monday night when it visits Carolina, which swept all four meetings last season.
The Bruins (3-0-1) have killed off each of their short-handed situations, holding opponents scoreless on their 17 chances with the man advantage.
They stopped three of the Islanders' power-play opportunities in Friday's 4-2 victory, as fourth-liners Shawn Thornton and Gregory Campbell notched their first goals of the season.
Fellow fourth-liner Daniel Paille assisted on Thornton's first-period goal, and the trio has combined for six points.
"We have been playing together for the last two years (before this season), which is a rare thing in hockey," Campbell told the team's official website. "We accept our role and know our role. Sometimes it is not an easy job, but we are willing to help the team. It's a role we take pride in."
Their scoring has been a welcomed bonus to their regular duties as grinders.
"We've all talked about that line. That's a line that gets us going," said Patrice Bergeron, who scored his first goal Friday. "We've seen that in the past years and it's the same thing again. It's about getting momentum."
Boston, though, has converted only one of its 17 power-play chances and went 1 for 13 last season while being outscored 14-5 as each of the fourth-liners went scoreless in the four meetings with Carolina.
Eric Staal had a goal in each of the last three matchups for the Hurricanes (2-2-0), who swept Buffalo in a home-and-home set Friday and Saturday after being outscored 9-2 in losses to Florida and Tampa Bay.
Staal had a hat trick in Friday's 6-3 home victory and assisted on Jay Harrison's tiebreaking third-period goal in Saturday's 3-1 win.
"The first couple games was a push for us. We just didn't seem like we had our legs in game shape yet," coach Kirk Muller said. "These last couple games we're finding the team we were towards the end of last year."
Alexander Semin, who signed a one-year, $7 million deal in the offseason after spending seven years with Washington, scored his first goal Saturday. He scored three goals in the Capitals' seven-game first-round playoff victory over Boston last season.
"He's been great," Muller said. "He's engaged and looks like he's having fun.
"It's a new system for him so it's a little bit of an adjustment for him, but he easily could have seven or eight points this year. I just told him to keep shooting."
Tuukka Rask has a 1.96 goals-against average while starting each of Boston's four games, though it's unclear if he'll get the nod again Monday. He's 2-2-0 with a 2.68 GAA in five appearances - four starts - versus the Hurricanes.
Cam Ward, who has a 1.25 GAA while winning his last four starts versus the Bruins, could be back in net after Dan Ellis made 40 saves Saturday.
|Last Updated: 12/18/2014 11:17:07 PM EST|