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Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM
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Game Preview: Boston @ Carolina
Boston Bruins vs. Carolina Hurricanes

The Eastern Conference leaders seek their seventh straight victory on Saturday night when they continue a five-game road swing with a matchup against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Off to its best start since 1929-30, Boston (25-5-4) notched a 2-0 victory on Tuesday at New Jersey. It improved the Bruins, who won 20 road games last season, to 12-4-3 away from TD BankNorth Garden in 2008-09.

"The record on the road is a record we're really proud of," coach Claude Julien told the Bruins' official Web site. "Going into buildings where teams know you are a top team in your conference, they are always ready for you, which makes it even tougher."

The Bruins haven't had a seven-game winning streak in one season since closing the 1992-93 campaign with eight straight victories.

Milan Lucic and David Krejci scored against the Devils, but Phil Kessel's points streak ended at 18 games. Kessel had 14 goals and 14 assists during his run, giving him 21 and 16 this season. With his next point, the right wing will surpass his scoring total from 82 games last season.

Tim Thomas already has three shutouts to match his total from each of the last two seasons. It took Thomas 57 games to record three shutouts last season, and 66 games in 2006-07.

Thomas is 3-6-1 with a 3.22 goals-against average in 10 career starts against the Hurricanes.

Manny Fernandez, 11-2-1 with a 2.09 GAA this season, stopped 32 shots last Saturday in Boston's 4-2 home win over Carolina.

To try an extend its streak, Boston must try to slow down Eric Staal. He recorded his second hat trick in 17 games and the sixth of his career on Friday in the Hurricanes' 5-4 win in Atlanta.

With Carolina (17-14-5) trailing 3-2, Staal scored a power-play goal at 7:27 of the third period. After Atlanta again took a one-goal lead, Staal tallied twice in a 76-second span to complete the first three-goal game of his career on the road.

"A hat trick is fun. It's a little better if you can get it at home," said Staal, who has scored a team-high 17 this season

Ray Whitney had three assists, giving him two goals and seven assists in a season high-tying five-game points streak. He leads Carolina in 2008-09 with 20 assists and 32 points.

Both players have lengthy point streaks at the RBC Center against Boston. Staal has three goals and eight assists in his last seven meetings with the Bruins there, while Whitney has three goals and four assists in his last six.

Staal didn't register a point during last week's loss in Boston, but Whitney scored a goal.

By the Associated Press with edits by

2008-2009 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Feb 17 '09 BOS 5 at CAR 1 S. Hnidy
Jan 10 '09 CAR 1 at BOS 5 S. Yelle
Dec 27 '08 BOS 4 at CAR 2 M. Ryder
Dec 20 '08 CAR 2 at BOS 4 S. Thornton
M. Savard35113142+234240
D. Krejci35132538+211033
P. Kessel35211637+16863
M. Ryder35131225+141246
M. Lucic35101424+167122
B. Wheeler3513922+211412
D. Wideman3471421+20642
Z. Chara3561420+164631
P. Bergeron3141418+11001
C. Kobasew2361016+72312
M. Hunwick2331215+141000
M. Sturm197613+9840
P. Axelsson3211112-4800
S. Yelle355510+41001
S. Hnidy31268+123210
A. Ference16077+91900
M. Stuart35325+104500
S. Thornton35235+27401
A. Ward25033+92000
V. Sobotka10112-2000
P. Nokelainen21011-1800
M. St Pierre3011+1000
M. Lashoff10000-2400
J. Boychuk1000+0000
M. Karsums1000-1000
T. Thomas2115-3-3436582.04.935
M. Fernandez1511-2-1304082.09.926
R. Whitney37122032-9821
E. Staal37171128+103264
R. Brind'Amour3781624-261431
T. Ruutu34111021+13332
J. Pitkanen2931417-12220
J. Corvo3751116+41023
S. Samsonov3751116-21611
D. Seidenberg3121113-81620
M. Cullen329312+0620
C. LaRose368311+01002
R. Bayda373710+51800
S. Walker22279-42510
N. Wallin27189+02601
T. Gleason29088+23300
P. Eaves31156+61100
B. Sutter29156+21100
A. Babchuk27235-7810
F. Kaberle13055-1400
J. Melichar15044-1800
J. Williams12123-6010
D. Lacouture11202-11001
D. Helminen8112+0000
W. Brookbank27101+04000
P. Dwyer12101-2000
T. Conboy5011+1200
B. Carson5000-3400
C. Borer3000+0500
B. Rodney2000+1200
M. Ryan2000+0000
Z. Boychuk2000+0000
C. Ward2512-9-3647172.59.911
M. Leighton135-6-2393773.04.897