The Boston Bruins will get a chance to face one player from
their Stanley Cup-winning team in their next game but won’t have
another on the ice to help them end an inconsistent start to their
The Bruins will try to keep Tomas Kaberle’s Carolina Hurricanes
winless Wednesday night while David Krejci remains home.
According to coach Claude Julien, Krejci suffered an injury to
his “core area” during practice Tuesday and will sit out at least
one game. The center, who had a team-best 12 goals and 23 points
during the Cup run, will continue to be evaluated and his status
for Saturday’s game in Chicago will be determined later this week.
He had one goal in the first three games this season.
“We can certainly eliminate the knee injury that has been
speculated about,” Julien said.
Tyler Seguin will move onto the first line between Milan Lucic
and Nathan Horton after notching three assists in the first three
games, but the Bruins (1-2-0) could have used Krejci’s help to
spark their offense. They’ve scored five goals, with four coming in
Saturday’s victory over Tampa Bay – a rematch of last season’s
Eastern Conference finals. Two days later, they fell 1-0 to
“We got outhustled by a team that was a lot hungrier then we
were,” Julien said.
In recent matchups, the Bruins have appeared hungrier than the
Hurricanes, winning 11 of 13 and three in a row at the RBC Center.
Carolina (0-2-1), though, claimed a seven-game playoff series in
“We’re going to probably see their best tomorrow. They’re still
looking for their first win so they’ll be a very desperate team,”
Julien said. “Hopefully we’re a desperate team that wants to play
better than we did in the last game.”
This matchup will be Boston’s first chance to see Kaberle, who
signed a three-year free agent deal worth $12.75 million in July.
The defenseman had 11 assists during last season’s playoffs after
being acquired in a trade with Toronto on Feb. 18.
Kaberle has no points and a minus-3 rating in his first three
games for Carolina, and the Hurricanes have been outscored 13-6 in
their worst start since going 0-3-1 to open 2006-07. They gave up a
pair of third-period goals during a 4-2 loss in New Jersey on
“We’re three games in now and you want to get that win as soon
as you can,” said Hurricanes captain Eric Staal. “We’ve played
decently in the last two games, but we just haven’t found one in
the win column.”
The Bruins enter this game after signing Rich Peverley to a
three-year contract extension Tuesday. The 29-year-old center, who
had two goals in the win over Tampa Bay, had four in the regular
season after being acquired from Atlanta on Feb. 18, and added four
goals and eight assists in postseason.
“It’s nice to get it done,” Peverley said. “This is the place I
want to be and there’s a lot of good people in this
Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara recorded his first career hat
trick against Carolina on Jan. 17, then had a combined three
assists during consecutive 3-2 wins in Raleigh.
Chara’s new teammate, Joe Corvo, will be making his return to
North Carolina after playing all 82 games for the Hurricanes last
season. He was the team’s top-scoring defenseman with 40