Game 20: Bruins at Carolina GDT
posted at 11/18/2013 10:52 AM EST
By Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff RALEIGH – The Bruins did not alter their lineup in practice today in advance of Monday's game against Carolina. The Bruins are coming off a 4-2 loss to Ottawa in which they allowed four straight goals. Tomorrow’s match is the middle leg of a three-game road swing that concludes at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday.
“I thought we had a good start this year on the road,” Claude Julien said. “We won our first four. We’ve slipped since then. We’ve got to pick up our game here on the road. It’s not going to get any easier. It’s only going to get tougher. So we need some quality play from our hockey club.”
Tuukka Rask is coming off his first mediocre start of 2013-14. After yesterday’s rest day in Ottawa and today’s practice in Raleigh, Rask will be ready for a rebound performance if Julien tabs his ace against the Hurricanes.
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Loui Eriksson
Carl Soderberg-Chris Kelly-Reilly Smith
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Dennis Seidenberg-Torey Krug
Matt Bartkowski-Johnny Boychuk
*Adam McQuaid still remains in Boston, recovering from a day-to-day lower body injury he sustained on November 9 against Toronto.
Heading into the game against Carolina on November 18, Eriksson is on a five-game point streak, with two goals and four assists, and a plus-4 rating in that span. He has goals in two straight games. He has yet to have a minus game all season.
Eriksson, Bergeron and Marchand have combined for six goals and six assists, with a plus-14 rating in their past four games.