Someone making his return to Boston? Yeah, we Noah guy.
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A preview and projected lineup can be found below. We’ll pass along updates from the team as we receive them.Last updated: 6:00 a.m.
CANES PROJECTED LINEUP6:00 a.m.
Based on how the team lined up in practice on Wednesday, here’s how I would expect the Canes’ roster to look tonight – and really, the only thing that could change would be placement since the team is carrying 18 healthy skaters.
A starting goaltender has yet to be announced.
HANIFIN, CANES TRAVEL TO BOSTON6:00 a.m.
Noah Hanifin is going home.
The Carolina Hurricanes are making their first of two trips to Boston to face off with the Bruins, the team with which Hanifin grew up.
He’s had this one circled on the calendar for quite some time.
“Yeah, definitely,” he said. “When I found out I was going to be playing here, I looked to see when we were going to play in Boston. It’s pretty cool that we’re playing them twice down the stretch. It will be a lot of fun.”
From the stands of the TD Garden to the ice, this will be a role reversal for the rookie blueliner, who expects to have “40 to 50” family and friends in attendance for tonight’s match-up.
“I grew up going to Bruins games in that arena with my dad and buddies. Just to be able to go out there and play against the Bruins will be a cool and special moment,” he said. “I’m going to dinner tonight with my family down in Boston. It will be good to see them all and play in front of my family and friends tomorrow. It will be a lot of fun.”
Hanifin first faced his childhood favorites in Raleigh on Feb. 26 and was credited with the Canes’ lone goal.
“It was cool. It was a little weird and different just because I grew up watching them,” he said. “We’re deep enough into the season now that it’s kind of toned down a bit. It’s just another game. Playing in Boston will be a little bit different, but it was cool. They’re a really good team, and they definitely present a challenge for all of us.”
That game ended in favor of the Bruins, 4-1, as they handed the Hurricanes consecutive regulation losses for the first time in nearly three months. That was prior to the trade deadline and since, the Hurricanes have gone 2-0-1 and earned five of a possible six points.
“We’re not out of this thing at all,” Hanifin said. “We’re a few points out, but if we keep winning games and playing hard, I think we definitely have a shot.”
Tonight marks the first of five consecutive games on the road for the Hurricanes, though the trip is spit into two- and three-game segments as the team returns to Raleigh after Saturday afternoon’s game in Buffalo and flies out to Washington on Monday afternoon.
The Bruins are winners in four of five to begin the month of March, and their last three contests have been settled in overtime. At 38-23-7 with 83 points, the Bruins sit in second place in the Atlantic Division.CANESPR NOTES:
Jeff Skinner has points (and goals) in two straight games (3g, 1a). He also has six points (4g, 2a) in his last four games and leads the Hurricanes in goals (25), points (41) and game-winning goals (7). … 10 of the last 12 games in Boston have been decided by two or more goals, and the Bruins have won seven of those 10 games.
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