On Saturday afternoon, the Boston Bruins will face-off with the Carolina Hurricanes for the second time in just six days.
Six days ago on Nov. 18 the Bruins defeated the Hurricanes 4-1 in Raleigh, Carolina. Along with Tuukka Rask making 23 saves, Boston received goals from Carl Soderberg, Reilly Smith, Johnny Boychuk and Milan Lucic to help preserve the win.
The Bruins are coming off a tough, grueling loss on Thursday night to the St. Louis Blues. The Blues were able to edge the Bruins in a shootout to steal the extra point and keep pace with the best in the Western Conference.
Over the past few games, the Bruins have received outstanding play from their fourth line. Gregory Campbell, Shawn Thornton and Daniel Paille have been producing for Boston and that is why they have been called the best fourth line in hockey. Not only is their ability to bring energy and cause problems for other teams unbearable but when you add scoring threats to that, it is a plus that many teams don’t have. Through 22 games, the trio has combined for seven goals and five assists.
Although the Bruins sit in first place in the Eastern Conference, they have not played to their best abilities. The first and second lines have not been producing like the Bruins would like. Jarome Iginla and Brad Marchand have not been themselves through the first quarter of the season and are still trying to find their game.
Once everyone starts clicking, just imagine what this Bruins team can do.
The Bruins will look to add to their lead in the standings starting at 1:00 p.m. at TD Garden in Boston.