JANUARY 18, 7:00 p.m.
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The Carolina Hurricanes host the Boston Bruins tonight at 7 p.m. at the Entertainment and Sports Arena. The Hurricanes carry an eight-game unbeaten streak (6-0-2-0) into tonight’s game. Boston brings in a four-game win streak and have gone 5-1-2-0 in their last eight.
Carolina and Boston are tied in the Eastern Conference standings with 46 points each, but the Hurricanes (19-16-6-2) rank ahead of the Bruins (18-17-6-4) with more total wins. The two remaining head-to-head match-ups between these teams will be crucial to Eastern Conference playoff positioning.
“It will be a hard fought game,” said Hurricanes forward Rob DiMaio. “Just the way the standings are it’s going to make for an intense game. The points are very important.”
The Hurricanes expect the Bruins, under the guidance of coach Mike Keenan, to come out and play a very physical game.
“They’ll probably come out Mike Keenan style—physical and aggressive and not taking a step back,” said DiMaio. “It should be a good hockey game.”
Carolina feels that being on home ice will give them an upper-hand in tonight’s contest. The Hurricanes are unbeaten in their last eight home games, a streak that broke a 15-year old franchise record when the Hurricanes shutout Anaheim 4-0 on January 14.
“Well, we’re at home, so I think we’d like to dictate how the game is going to be played and not wait to see what they’re going to do,” said DiMaio. “We can be aggressive. That’s probably to our advantage. Time of possession with the puck in their end is probably going to dictate how this game is going to go.”