20. Boston Bruins at Carolina Hurricanes. Let’s Be Real, You’re Watching the Patriots

I'm just calling it like I believe to be seeing it.

The Bruins are facing a middle of the pack hockey team while the Patriots – also in Carolina – are facing a Carolina Panthers team that is 3-1 at home, 5-0 in their last 5 games and need a win to keep up with the 8-2 New Orleans Saints. The Patriots are also coming off of a buy week, which is probably making everyone crazy for football. 

Personally, I don't care about either game. There is nothing that excites me about the Carolina Hurricanes. Like I said before, they're a middle of the road hockey team struggling to find an identity. They're two points out of the last wild card spot, but you could put the onus on Montreal for not living up to their potential. 

Carolina also has its two starting goaltenders on injured reserve as well as that prick Jeff Skinner. So the tandem between the pipes for Carolina has been Mike Murphy and Justin Peters. 

Mike Murphy

and

Justin Peters. 

Mike Murphy hasn't played a game for Carolina yet and Justin Peter has been adequate. Peters has a 2.35 GAA and a SV% of .921 and while I don't believe in records for goaltending – 4-6-1 isn't something to be happy about. Peters has face 329 shots in 11 games this season, which is basically 30 shots a game which puts him on par with other goalies in the league, so you can't blame his defense for allowing a high number of shots (Mike Smith sees 33 per game, Tuukka Rask sees 29.5 per game for some reference). 

What I'm saying is Boston should beat up on these guys tonight. They're missing one of their best players in Skinner and they are missing their top two goaltenders. It would be like the Bruins missing Rask and Johnson and having a Subban/Svedberg pairing, although I think Svedberg is probably better than anything Carolina can produce. 

In terms of the Bruins, I wouldn't let the loss in Ottawa worry you about this team. Before that game they won 4 straight and they played a rested Ottawa team on the road. Spoiler alert: Boston sucks in the second of back to back games. That's what happens when you're an old(er) team. The Bruins are the 7th oldest team in the NHL with an average age of 28.281 years old. 

If Marchand can get back to doing things like this regularly: 

The Bruins offense will be fine. Right now they are 14th in the NHL in goals per game and I think they're going to be a top 10 offense when it's all said and done. 


Projected Lines

Milan Lucic – David Krejci – Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand – Patrice Bergeron – Loui Eriksson
Carl Söderberg – Chris Kelly – Reilly Smith
Shawn Thornton – Greg Campbell – Dan Paille

Zdeno Chara – Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg – Torey Krug
Matt Bartkowski – Dougie Hamilton

Tuukka Rask
Chad Johnson


Media

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Gameday Image/Video

Bad Guy Corey Perry from 11/15. Had a different gif, but Pete's version is better quality. 

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