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Hurricanes turn to Ward on road against Bruins

by Brian Hunter

HURRICANES (5-7-3) at BRUINS (10-8-0)


Season series: The Boston Bruins swept their three-game series with the Carolina Hurricanes last season. David Krejci scored in overtime for a 3-2 win on Nov. 23, 2013, the only game in which Carolina earned a point. Boston forwards Milan Lucic and Reilly Smith each scored twice in the series. Tuukka Rask won his only start.

Hurricanes team scope: Six of Carolina's next seven games will be played on the road, where the Hurricanes are 1-5-2 to begin the season. Coach Bill Peters said Friday that Cam Ward will start in goal against Boston. Ward had a five-game winning streak snapped in a 3-1 loss Thursday to the Winnipeg Jets. Forward Elias Lindholm and defenseman Jay Harrison didn't skate Friday. Lindholm (foot) and Harrison (lower body) will have their injuries re-evaluated Saturday, according to a tweet from Hurricanes web producer Michael Smith. Lindholm had the Hurricanes' goal Thursday, his third in four games. Forward Riley Nash assisted on the goal to extend his point streak to three games (one goal, three assists).

Bruins team scope: Five of Boston's remaining six games this month will be played at TD Garden. The Bruins return home from a two-game road trip in which they were outscored 11-2 by Atlantic Division rivals in the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens. "I'm not going to let the sky fall on us because of two real bad games," coach Claude Julien said via the team's Twitter account. "I'm going to get this team to regroup here "On the plus side, Krejci skated prior to practice Friday. He has missed the past three games with an undisclosed injury. Defenseman Kevan Millar, out since Oct. 18 with a dislocated shoulder, practiced but will not play Saturday. Rask, who got the night off Thursday in Montreal, is expected to get the start.

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