Boston enters the matchup with a 28-15-7 record, sitting on top of the Northeast Division and third in the Eastern Conference with 63 points. The Bruins entered the All-Star break with momentum, winning three of their last five games.
“I think everybody wants to keep going like we have before the break,” Boston defenseman Dennis Seidenberg
said after the team’s morning skate in RBC Center today. “But also keep building on what we’ve been doing and that’s getting more consistent on a game-to-game basis and just keep getting better as a team.
"I think that’s the most, hardest challenge we have.”
Currently the Bruins are in a good position to begin the stretch run. However, the B’s players remain focused and know they need to continue to improve in order to host playoff hockey.
“Obviously you have to raise the game a little bit now. Everybody is playing for a playoff spot and we do as well," Bruins forward David Krejci
said after morning skate. "Obviously, we need to play pretty well,”
“We want to be …in the playoffs, but we want to have home-ice advantage for the playoffs and that’s what we’re going to try to do.”
Tonight, Boston will look to start the final push with a win, and two points, in Carolina.
“We beat them two times so obviously they don’t want to lose three in a row," said Krejci. "So they’re going to come out really hard and they’re going to study our last few games, so we just have to be ready and do the things that coach is going to tell us before the games.”---Hannah Becker