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Tuesday, February 12th (All times eastern)

Carolina Hurricanes (27-27-4) at Boston Bruins (28-22-5), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - A pair of struggling teams meet tonight in Boston, as the Bruins welcome the Carolina Hurricanes for a battle at TD Banknorth Garden.

The Hurricanes and Bruins have each lost three of four games to begin February and Carolina is coming off an embarrassing defeat in its last trip to the ice.

Carolina played in New Jersey on Saturday and was slammed by the Devils, 6-1. Paul Martin scored a pair of goals and Martin Brodeur ended with 22 saves to lead Jersey to the easy win at the Prudential Center.

Keith Aucoin had the lone tally for Carolina, which comes into tonight's action tied for second in the Southeast Division with Atlanta. Washington leads the division with 59 points, but is just one point in front of the Hurricanes and Thrashers.

Cam Ward stopped just 14-of-20 shots in Saturday's debacle before he was pulled in favor of John Grahame, who stopped all six shots faced.

The Hurricanes have scored just four goals over their last four outings.

Carolina made a trade on Monday as it sent forward Cory Stillman and defenseman Mike Commodore to Ottawa in exchange for forward Patrick Eaves and defenseman Joe Corvo. Corvo has six goals and 27 points this season, while Eaves has for goals and six assists.

Tonight's test marks the end of a five-game road trip for Carolina, which is 14-16-2 as the visiting club this season. Beginning with Thursday's home test against Pittsburgh, the Hurricanes will play eight of their next nine games in Raleigh.

The Bruins were also handed a loss their last time out, as they were defeated, 6-3, by visiting Florida this past Saturday. Florida secured the win by scoring the game's final four goals.

Glen Murray and Marco Sturm picked up a goal and assist each for the Bruins, and Zdeno Chara also scored.

Tim Thomas allowed six goals on 27 shots and was handed his third defeat in as many starts.

The Bruins are 14-11-3 as the host this season, but have lost their last three tests in Beantown. Boston will begin a five-game road trip Wednesday night in Pittsburgh.

Carolina has won both meetings with the Bruins this year and has taken three straight, five of six and eight of the last 10 meetings. The Hurricanes have also won three in a row, seven of eight and nine of their last 11 in Boston.

02/12 10:38:31 ET


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