Boston Bruins (12-6-1) at Carolina Hurricanes (8-8-4)
|Date & Time||Monday November 18, 2013, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Carolina Hurricanes +134 / Boston Bruins -147 --- Over/Under: 5
The Bruins and Hurricanes look to get back in the win column as both teams are coming off a loss when they meet up on Monday night.
The Bruins continue to be one of the toughest teams to play against in the NHL and with the way their season ended last year you can imagine the chip they are playing with this season and that has shown through their first 19 contests. Boston currently sits in second place in the Atlantic division with 25 points and a 12-6-1 record and now they head to the road to face a Hurricanes team who sits right on the .500 mark and are currently 4th in the Metro division. Tuukka Rask continues to grow as a number one goaltender in this league after he assumed the vacancy left by Tim Thomas last year and with the way he has been playing since he is making a serious case to lock down the Finnish starter’s role at the upcoming Olympics. Rask gets the start here tonight as he goes one on one with Justin Peters for the Hurricanes.
The Canes will look to build on their respectable home record which has them with a 5-3-4 mark in Raleigh when they host the Bruins who have been average on the road and seem to be their most susceptible away from home. Carolina has been a team on the cusp for the past few seasons which has their fan base a little irritated as they have come to expect more after the team went out and acquired Jordan Staal last year to play alongside brother, Eric and the rest of the Hurricanes offensive arsenal. However, a lack of consistency and back to back injuries to goaltender Cam Ward has the Canes reeling and as such it is uncertain whether they will be a factor come playoff time. Carolina has been better of late but I don’t really see them being much of a threat this season and while they have had some good wins at home I don’t think this will be one as Boston is the better team and they show it here.