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Boston hosts Hurricanes in matinee

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Boston Bruins will try to defeat the Carolina Hurricanes for the second time in less than a week as the clubs meet for a rematch on Saturday afternoon in Beantown.

The Bruins visited the Hurricanes on Monday and posted a 4-1 win, getting 23 saves from Tuukka Rask as well as a goal and an assist from both Reilly Smith and Carl Soderberg.

It was Boston's third victory in its past four meetings with Carolina and it has won six of the previous nine encounters at home.

The Bruins made it two victories in a row and improved to 6-1 in their last seven with a triumph over the New York Rangers on Tuesday, but were bested in a shootout versus the St. Louis Blues on Thursday.

Soderberg and Gregory Campbell scored in regulation and Rask made 24 saves through overtime in the 3-2 loss.

"I thought it was a real fun game to watch," Boston coach Claude Julien said. "Everything, from my end, except for that extra point that I thought we should have had."

The Bruins played on Thursday without defensemen Dennis Seidenberg and Adam McQuaid. The former is day-to-day due to a lower-body ailment, while McQuaid missed his sixth game in a row with a hip/groin injury but could return for this contest.

Rask is likely to start on Saturday. He is 4-3-0 with a 2.41 goals against average versus the Hurricanes in eight career meetings (7 starts).

After missing 10 straight games due to a lower-body injury, Cam Ward returned to action in Monday's loss to the Bruins, giving up three goals on 29 shots. Tuomo Ruutu had Carolina's lone goal.

Despite Ward's return to health, Justin Peters got the start on Thursday versus Detroit and made 43 saves in a 4-3 setback.

Andrej Sekera scored twice and Brett Bellemore also lit the lamp for the Hurricanes, who have dropped their past three games.

"It's a little hard to come back when you're playing a team like this in their building," said Sekera. "Once they got that first one to take the lead, then the second one, we knew we had a big hole to climb out of."

Bellemore's goal was the first of his career. The defenseman was playing in his 18th game this season and 26th of his career, but couldn't stop the Hurricanes from dropping a fifth straight game on the road.

Though Alexander Semin missed his second straight game with a concussion, Jeff Skinner returned to the lineup. The forward had been out for the previous 11 games with an upper-body injury.

Ward fell to 12-12-2 with a 2.62 GAA and three shutouts in 26 matchups with the Bruins, while Peters is 1-0-0 against them with a 4.64 GAA in three games (2 starts).

Both goaltenders could see work this weekend with the 'Canes scheduled to host the Ottawa Senators on Sunday.

11/23 11:11:49 ET

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Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
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y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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