Gameday Preview – 12/23/2018 – Boston Bruins v. Hartford Whalers

Boston Bruins (20-12-4 44pts) v. Hartford Whalers (14-15-5 33pts)

 

Time: 5p EST

Station: Fox Sports Carolina, NESN, and SportsNet 1

 

Preview:

The Hartford Whalers are BACK!! For the first time since 1997, the Carolina Hurricanes will be embracing their past as they take on the Boston Bruins as the Hartford Whalers. For both teams they’ll be finishing their back to backs going into the Holiday break. Yesterday the Bruins got back star center Patrice Bergeron who helped lead the Bruins to a 5-2 victory over the Nashville Predators, while the Hurricanes are looking to bounce back from their 3-0 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins last night.

 

Boston Bruins:

Projected Lineup:

Brad Marchand — Patrice Bergeron — Danton Heinen

Joakim Nordstrom — David Krejci — David Pastrnak

Sean Kuraly — Colby Cave — David Backes

Ryan Donato — Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson — Chris Wagner

Torey Krug — Brandon Carlo

Matt Grzelcyk — Charlie McAvoy

John Moore — Steven Kampfer

Scratched: Noel Acciari

Injured: Jake DeBrusk (concussion), Urho Vaakanainen (concussion), Kevan Miller (throat), Zdeno Chara (knee)

 

Keys to the Game:

1. Continue their strong play

The Bruins are coming off a very impressive win over the Predators yesterday, and will be looking to comtinue that success today in Carolina.

 

Hartford Whalers:

Projected Lineup:

Jordan Martinook — Sebastian Aho — Teuvo Teravainen

Micheal Ferland — Jordan Staal — Brock McGinn

Andrei Svechnikov — Lucas Wallmark — Justin Williams

Warren Foegele — Victor Rask — Phillip Di Giuseppe

Jaccob Slavin — Brett Pesce

Calvin de Haan — Justin Faulk

Trevor van Riemsdyk — Dougie Hamilton

Curtis McElhinney

Petr Mrazek

Scratched: None

Injured: Haydn Fleury (concussion)

 

Keys to the Game:

1. Generate solid scoring opportunities

The fans want to hear “Brass Bonanza” play im PNC Arena, but the Hurricanes need to score to make that happen.  They need to generate better scoring opportunities, to make that a reality.

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