Consider this game the tune-up.
With a grudge match with Montreal awaiting the Boston Bruins Tuesday, the Carolina Hurricanes come into TD Banknorth Garden with hopes that the Bruins might make the mistake of looking too far ahead.
Of course, life isn’t getting any easier for the Bruins these days. Already without Patrice Bergeron (concussion) and Marco Sturm (knee), the Bruins know they’ll take the ice without Milan Lucic (undisclosed) for a second straight game. Their depth, which has sufficed all season, is truly being tested now — hence the shuffle of two forwards to Providence (AHL) and two to Boston, plus the move of Chuck Kobasew to Marc Savard’s line Thursday. (more…)