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Gameday: Bruins vs. Hurricanes

by Michael Smith / Carolina Hurricanes
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Undefeated in 2015 has a nice ring to it. Let’s keep it that way.

This is the gameday hub, where you can find all the latest news and information related to today’s game between the Boston Bruins and Carolina Hurricanes in one handy location. Make this a regular stop throughout the day, as we updated it with notes, videos, photos and more as puck drop draws near.

Important programming note: today’s game will be broadcast on SportSouth. This channel isn't typically included in standard packages, but most carriers provide an overflow channel in order to broadcast the game. These channel numbers can vary on a game-to-game basis, so click here to locate your SportSouth channel number.

A projected lineup and preview of this afternoon’s puck drop can be found below. Because of the 1 p.m. face off, the Hurricanes will not hold a morning skate, but check back here throughout the morning for any and all updates.

Last updated: 11:00 a.m.



KHUDOBIN STARTS, SKINNER RETURNS
11:00 a.m.

Head coach Bill Peters confirmed a couple of roster notes for today: Anton Khudobin will start in net, and Jeff Skinner, who missed Friday's game with an illness, will return to the lineup.

Khudobin, who played with Boston from 2011-13, has never started against his former team. He won his last outing, stopping 18 of 19 shots in New Jersey in a 2-1 shootout win, his first and long-overdue victory of the season.



CANES PROJECTED LINEUP
12:00 a.m.

The Canes practiced at Raleigh Center Ice on Saturday, and we expect they’ll look like this against Boston this afternoon:

BRUINS vs. HURRICANES
Bruins vs. Hurricanes
PNC ARENA | 1 p.m.
TV: SPORTSOUTH | RADIO: 99.9 FM
ARTICLES
MALONE AIMING TO PRESERVE ROSTER SPOT
INFOGRAPHIC: CAR 2, PHI 1
VIDEOS
POSTGAME QUOTES: CAR 2, PHI 1
GAMEDAY LINKS
BUY TICKETS
SPORTSOUTH CHANNEL FINDER
IN-GAME TWITTER
FIRST GOAL CONTEST
E. Staal-J. Staal-Lindholm
Gerbe-Rask-Tlusty
Skinner-Nash-Terry
Malone-McClement-Dwyer

Sekera-Faulk
Hainsey-Bellemore
Gleason-Murphy

Alexander Semin and Zach Boychuk will be the healthy extras up front, and Michal Jordan will again be a healthy scratch on defense.

A starting goaltender is yet to be named. Cam Ward has started in four straight games, and he made 23 saves in the team’s 2-1 win on Friday night. Anton Khudobin was also victorious in his last start, a 2-1 shootout decision in New Jersey on Dec. 23

“We’ve got to discuss that, for sure,” Peters said after Saturday’s practice. “We talked about it briefly last night and didn’t come up with a final decision.”



CANES WANT TO BUILD ON FIRST WIN OF 2015
12:00 a.m.

It only took one game in 2015 for the Carolina Hurricanes to earn their first win of the New Year.

And, for the first time in seemingly forever, the Canes were on the right side of a 2-1 regulation final, as they topped the Philadelphia Flyers.

"I feel real good about tonight, very similar to a lot of nights," head coach Bill Peters said after the game. "But we're just on the right side of the ledger in a 2-1 game."

Now, the Hurricanes will want to build on that as they welcome the Boston Bruins to town. The two have already met in a matinee match-up this season, that coming on Nov. 15 in Boston, a 2-1 loss for Carolina. The Bruins are 4-2-4 in their last 10 games, and they’re coming off a 3-2 overtime loss to Ottawa on Saturday afternoon.

“They’re a good team, a deep team and an experienced team. They don’t beat themselves. They’re starting to play real well,” Peters said after a Saturday practice. “We’ll have our hands full.”

Eric Staal has scored a goal in each of his last three games, and he has a four-game point streak (3g, 1a) dating back to Dec. 27. His brother, Jordan, has assists in each of his games since returning from injury.

“That line has been very good, and they’re dangerous,” Peters said. “It’s a whole different dynamic when you’ve got two big men like that playing together. They can share the workload down low, and I think Staalsy looks like he’s comfortable on the wing and will become more comfortable over time.”

The Canes penalty kill has been dynamite as of late, having not allowed a power-play goal in the last six games and killing 19 consecutive penalties during that stretch. They currently rank sixth in the NHL in penalty kill percentage at 85.7.

“It continues to get better, and we haven’t used a bunch of guys on it,” Peters said. “Knock on wood, it’s been solid.”

After missing Friday’s game with an illness, Jeff Skinner is probable to return against Boston. A starting goaltender has not been named.

“We’ve got to discuss that, for sure,” Peters said. “We talked about it briefly last night and didn’t come up with a final decision.”

NOTES: Eric Staal is one goal shy of 300 career goals. … 18 of the last 23 contests between the two teams have been decided by two or more goals.



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