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This is the gameday hub, where you can find all the latest news and information related to tonight’s tilt between the Boston Bruins and Carolina Hurricanes in one handy location. Make this a regular stop throughout the day, as we update it with notes, videos, photos and more as puck drop draws near.
The Canes are facing another back-to-back situation with travel from Canada, so they will not hold a morning skate. A preview of tonight’s game is below, and check back here for any and all updates we have.Last updated: 6:35 p.m.
CANES LINES: WARM-UPS6:35 p.m.
With a number of players missing from the lineup, you'll see a bit of a different look from the Canes tonight.
The puck drops in half an hour at PNC Arena!
TRIO OUT FOR CANES5:00 p.m.
Andrej Nestrasil (upper body), Justin Faulk (lower body) and Jay McClement (upper body) will not dress for the Hurricanes tonight, according to head coach Bill Peters. Nathan Gerbe and Brad Malone will draw back into the lineup, and Cam Ward will get the start in net.
Nestrasil has been cleared to fly back to Raleigh, Peters said, after remaining in Toronto overnight. The 25-year-old forward had to be helped off the ice in the second period after landing hard on his back-end and lower back from a legal body check by Nazem Kadri.
"There's been a lot of speculation on it, and I'm not going to speculate," Peters said of Nestrasil's injury. "When our doctors get a good chance to look at him ... we'll have a better idea."
Here are some more quotables from Peters' media availability.On Gerbe and Malone getting back in the lineup:
"It's a good opportunity for them. When you're sitting there waiting, you want your opportunity, you want to be in the lineup and you feel ready. Here's your chance, so show what you can do. ... They'll have an impact on the game here tonight."On responding tonight against Boston:
"Just intensity in general. We didn't start on time (in Toronto), and that's two nights in a row. It's going to have to get rectified here tonight."
MALONE CLEARS WAIVERS12:00 p.m.
Brad Malone has cleared waivers and will remain on the Hurricanes roster. He will be available for tonight's game against Boston, and considering the injury situation with Andrej Nestrasil and Jay McClement, he might be needed. We'll update with more later this afternoon when we speak with head coach Bill Peters.
INJURIES CLOUD PICTURE FOR CANES6:00 a.m.
It wasn’t until late in their game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night that the Carolina Hurricanes showed that fire, that energy, that intensity that has been ever-present since early December.
It was by that point, of course, too late with the score 3-1 in favor of the Leafs. But that’s how head coach Bill Peters wants to see his team play for a full 60 minutes, and they’re going to need to do just that when they face off with the Boston Bruins tonight.
“More of a sense of urgency,” said the Canes’ lone goal-scorer John-Michael Liles, when asked what the Canes needed to do to rebound on Friday. “We’re trying to battle and come from behind for a playoff spot right now. I don’t think our sense of urgency was quite where it needed to be tonight.”
“You wonder where it was early,” Peters said of his team’s late intensity. “They were more competitive than us early when the game was on the line. If you’ve got the energy to play hard at the end, you’ve got to find the willingness to be ready to play and start on time.”
With the loss in Toronto, the Hurricanes were unable to gain any ground on the New Jersey Devils, who were also defeated. Games in hand aside, the Canes remain two points out of a wild card spot.
“We’re right there and in the hunt. If you want to keep it together, you’ve got to continue to get points. If you’re not winning, you’re not keeping up,” Peters said. “If you start losing hockey games, you fall out of it pretty quick. We’re going to have to find a way to bounce back tomorrow against Boston.”
Compounding the sting of the loss were two injuries sustained in the game: an upper-body injury for Jay McClement and a lower-body injury for Andrej Nestrasil. McClement was only able to play a shift before leaving the game, while Nestrasil had to be helped off the ice after absorbing a hit from Nazem Kadri and colliding with the ice and boards with his back-end and lower back. Peters had no update on either player following the game.
Additionally, Justin Faulk did not play Thursday due to a lower-body injury, and his status remains a question mark for tonight’s game.
While the Hurricanes wrapped up their three-game series with Toronto on Thursday, they are just beginning a three-game set with the Bruins, who they will then visit in Boston on March 10 and April 5. At 33-22-6 with 72 points, Boston sits in third place in the Atlantic Division. An under .500 team at home, the Bruins hold one of the best road records in the league (20-7-3).CANESPR NOTES:
Tonight’s match will wrap up the Canes’ 15th back-to-back set of the season. They own an 18-8-3 record in those games, including a 9-5-1 mark in the first halves and a 9-3-2 mark in the second halves. … Jordan Staal and Joakim Nordstrom saw their point streaks end on Thursday, but Eric Staal tallied an assist for his second point in as many games.
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