On Tuesday evening, the Boston Bruins (2-3-0 (4 Points)) will look to build off Saturday’s impressive 3-2 shootout victory against the Chicago Blackhawks, when they host Eric Staal and the Carolina Hurricanes (2-2-1 (5 Points)). This will be the second time the Bruins will face off against the ‘Canes in 2011-’12, the first of which was won 3-2 by Carolina at the RBC Center in Raleigh last Wednesday.
Defenseman Adam McQuaid is expected to return to the Boston lineup this evening, after missing Saturday’s contest due to injury. It is assumed that McQuaid will be ready to go for tonight’s game. However, if he is not ready, it will be Matt Bartkowski filling in for him, for the 2nd consecutive game. Blue-liner Steven Kampfer has returned to practice after recovering from a knee injury, but indications are that he is not yet available to participate in games. Bruins’ center David Krejci returned to practice this morning, but was not performing line rushes with his teammates. Krejci is not expected to play in tonight’s game. The Czech-born pivot remains day-to-day with a “core injury”. Tonight’s Lineup is Projected to look like this (Subject To Change):
Scratches…. Kampfer , Bartkowski
Tuukka Rask was first off the ice at today’s morning skate, and is expected to get his second start of the season. Saskatoon native Cam Ward is expected to oppose him for Carolina.
Tonight’s game can be seen on NESN (Edwards, Brickley) beginning at 7 PM EST. The game can also be heard on 98.5 The Sports Hub (Goucher, Beers), the flagship radio station of the Boston Bruins.
Notes & Stats
– Bruins’ winger Nathan Horton has 28 points (14 goals, 14 assists) and a whopping 54 PIMs in 40 career games against the ‘Canes. His 54 Penalty minutes are the most Horton has against any team in the NHL.
– The Hurricanes are 3-10-1 in their last 14 games against Boston, including a 1-3-0 record last season, versus the B’s.
– Former Bruins’ d-man Tomas Kaberle, who signed a 3-year/ $12.75 Million deal with Carolina over the off-season, will receive his Stanley Cup Championship ring, prior to tonight’s game. Tonight will also mark Kaberle’s first appearance at TD Garden since Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final.
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