The Boston Bruins have made the trip down to Raleigh, N.C. for their second road game of the 2013 NHL season. This one’s against the Carolina Hurricanes tonight at 7 p.m. (NESN and NHL Network). Last season, the Hurricanes were a thorn in the Bruins’ side, to put it nicely–to the tune of a 0-4 record–and on Oct. 18, 2011, the 4-1 loss quite nearly included a goalie fight between Tuukka Rask and Cam Ward. Well, except that it didn’t because Ward felt it would not be a prudent use of his time.
“I’m not gonna waste my time with Tuukka Rask,” he told an FS Carolina correspondent at the time.
For now, at least, Ward won’t need to rue those comments. Anton Khudobin went off first at practice, a sign that it’s his turn to start in net tonight. Considering there are back-to-back games and four games total on the calendar this week, Rask could use a bit of rest.
Adam McQuaid will be missing tonight for unspecified personal reasons, so Aaron Johnson will do sub duty like he did when Dennis Seidenberg wasn’t feeling well. Seidenberg, though, should be ready to go again.
The Hurricanes made a few notable personnel changes in the offseason. Since the lockout caused a lot of fans to forget about moves made last summer, it’s worth noting that Carolina got a trio of new guys: Jordan Staal, Alexander Semin and Joe Corvo. The last one is notable mainly because of his past tenure with the Bruins, as dysfunctional as it often was, but now he’s on his third tour of duty with the Hurricanes–and sporting a strange hairdo in his newest roster photo. (Look it up for yourself: I think you’ll laugh or be confused or something like that.)
Semin potted his first goal as a Hurricane on Jan. 25. Staal is with his brother Eric, though spread across two forward lines, and Carolina has a 2-2-0 record with four points coming into tonight’s game. The Bruins have seven points and a 3-0-1 record.