NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Saturday, December 20th
(All times eastern)
Carolina Hurricanes (9-12-8-2) at Boston Bruins (13-7-8-4), 1 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Carolina Hurricanes try to make it 2-0 under new head
coach Peter Laviolette this afternoon when they visit the Boston Bruins at the
Laviolette replaced the fired Paul Maurice on Monday, and the Hurricanes
welcomed him with a 2-1 home win over Pittsburgh on Thursday night. Rod
Brind'Amour scored with 70 seconds left in regulation and Jeff O'Neill added
the game-winner with 2:46 remaining in overtime to lift Carolina.
Kevin Weekes made 10 saves for the Canes, who won for only the second time in
their last seven games (2-2-1-2).
O'Neill ended a lengthy personal goal-scoring drought, as he had not found the
net in 12 consecutive games -- dating back to November 18. The former 30-goal
scorer has tallied just three times this season.
As a team, though, Carolina continues to struggle with scoring. The Canes have
managed a mere 58 goals this season, including a mere nine in seven games this
The Hurricanes, 3-9-3-1 on the road, will host Dallas on Monday.
Boston, meanwhile, has won only once in its last eight tries (1-3-4),
including Thursday's 5-0 embarrassment at the hands of visiting Calgary.
Jarome Iginla scored twice and Jamie McLennan stopped 30 shots for his third
shutout of the season to back the Flames' effort.
Boston goaltender Andrew Raycroft surrendered five goals on only 10 shots. He
was lifted after the second period in favor of Felix Potvin, who made four
saves. The Bruins fell to 2-5-5-1 in their last 13 contests overall.
The defeat marked the fourth time Boston has been blanked this season.
The Bruins, 4-4-5-1 at home, will visit the NY Rangers on Monday.
Carolina defeated the Bruins in Boston on October 23 and is 2-1-1 in the last
four meetings. The Hurricanes have won two straight and four of their last
five in Beantown.
12/20 10:30:41 ET