Hockey Game Preview at YouWager: Bruins vs. Hurricanes

Boston Bruins vs. Carolina Hurricanes

Tip-off: Monday, January 28, 2013 – 7:00 PM ET

PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina

The Boston Bruins are off to a solid start after strong penalty killing and contributions from the fourth line, according to YouWager experts’ opinion.

Meanwhile, the Carolina Hurricanes appear to have shaken off their NHL lockout rust.

The Bruins will try to keep things going tonight when they visit the Hurricanes, a team that swept all four meetings last season.

Boston (3-0-1) has killed off each of their short-handed situations, holding their rivals scoreless on their 17 opportunities with the man advantage.

The Bruins stopped three of the New York Islanders’ power-play opportunities in Friday’s 4-2 win, as fourth-liners Shawn Thornton and Gregory Campbell notched their first goals of the season.

In addition, fourth-liner Daniel Paille assisted on Thornton’s first-period goal, and the trio has combined for six points. Their scoring has worked wonders aside from their regular duties as grinders.

However, the Bruins hace converted only one of its 17 power-play chances and went 1 for 13 last season while being outscored 14-5 as each of the fourth-liners went scoreless in the four meetings with the Hurricanes.

Eric Staal had a goal in each of the last three hockey games for Carolina (2-2-0), who swept the Buffalo Sabres in a home-and-home set Friday and Saturday after being outscored 9-2 in defeats versus the to Florida Panthers and the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Alexander Semin, who signed a one-year, $7 million deal in the offseason after playing for the Washington Capitals for seven years, scored his first goal Saturday. The Russian player scored three goals in Washington’s seven-game first-round playoff win over the Bruins in the previous hockey season.