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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 last season.

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 Center.

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 deciding tally.

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


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