Thursday night's game against the Montreal Canadiens was kind of a strange one for the Bruins. They didn't really excel in the game, though they ended up with a 2-1 win, and the attention from both sides of the media was mostly on the struggling Habs.
Though the Bruins did say it wasn't one of their most consistent games, and at times it lacked some of the emotional fire that usually comes with this heated rivalry, it still put two points in the winning column and gave the B's a nudge in the right direction heading into a five-games-in-eight-days stint.
The first stop will be in Carolina on Saturday where the B's will take on the Hurricanes-- a team that has beaten them twice already this season. Granted, both times were back in October, when a slight breeze could have blown them over. In the first game, Carolina took them out 3-2, and then just six days later, they did it again 4-1 in Boston.
But the Bruins have changed a bit since then and right now they are hoping for their fifth win in six games and taking back a little bit of their pride with them.
They shouldn't have too much of a problem with some keys members out of the lineup for the Hurricanes. Both Joni Pitkanen and Jeff Skinner are on the Injured Reserve list and won't be playing tonight.
Pitkanen had four points spread across the two games against Boston this season, including the game winning goal in the second game. Skinner didn't have a point in those two games.
The game will be broadcast live on NESN at 7 p.m. and will be aired on 100.7 WZLX instead of 98.5 The Sports Hub due to the Patriots/Broncos game.