NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, February 17th
(All times eastern)
Boston Bruins (39-10-8) at Carolina Hurricanes (28-24-5), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Eastern Conference-leading Boston Bruins will try to
halt their longest losing streak of the season when they visit the Carolina
Hurricanes for tonight's clash at RBC Center.
The Bruins have lost four straight contests, going 0-2-2 over that stretch.
It's the club's longest skid since a six-game slide from December 18-29 of
With 86 points, Boston still holds a 20-point lead over Montreal for first
place in the Northeast Division. New Jersey and Washington are nine points in
back of the Bruins for the top seed in the East.
Boston was handed its latest setback Saturday in Nashville, as it dropped a
shootout decision to the host Predators. David Legwand notched the winner in
the fourth round of the shootout, as Nashville clipped Boston, 3-2, at Sommet
After Bruins forward Phil Kessel opened the round with a forehand shot that
was easily turned aside by Pekka Rinne, Legwand made several stick moves
heading to the net and slipped a backhander under the crossbar for the
Blake Wheeler and Zdeno Chara scored for the Bruins, while Manny Fernandez
took the loss despite a 29-save performance.
Boston is 0-1-1 so far on a five-game road trip, but is still 20-6-4 as the
guest this season. The Bruins had won four straight on the road prior to the
start of this swing.
The Hurricanes snapped a two-game slide their last time out, as they notched a
shutout win Sunday in Buffalo. Eric Staal had a goal and two assists while Cam
Ward made 36 saves, as Carolina blanked the Sabres, 3-0, at HSBC Arena.
Chad LaRose and Sergei Samsonov also scored for Carolina, which recovered from
two straight losses in which the club lost by a combined score of 10-1.
Ward recorded his fourth shutout of the season and the 10th of his career.
The Hurricanes received some bad news along with the victory as forward Justin
Williams fractured his hand against the Sabres and is expected to be miss a
month of action. Williams, a two-time 30-goal scorer, has had a disappointing
season this year with just three goals and seven assists in 32 games.
Carolina is 14-12-1 as the host this year and will try to halt a two-game home
losing streak tonight.
Boston is 3-0 against the Hurricanes this year and has won four straight
overall in the series. The Bruins have also taken two in a row and three of
the last four matchups in Raleigh. Tonight's test marks the final regular-
season meeting of the year between these clubs.
02/17 11:03:12 ET