Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 4/13/13
9:30 a.m.: The Carolina Hurricanes are not a very good hockey team, which means the Bruins need to do all they can to take full advantage of that on Saturday night. The B’s are in Raleigh Saturday night where they’ll take on a Carolina team that has lost its last seven straight and jockeying for the position of last place in the NHL. The Bruins got an up-close-and-personal look at the Hurricanes’ struggles earlier this week in Boston. The B’s trounced the Hurricanes 6-2 behind three first-period goals. However, there are still plenty of things to work on for the Bruins, and there are things to improve upon from the two teams’ matchup earlier in the week. Boston took its foot of the gas pedal in the third period, giving up two third-period goals to the lowly Hurricanes. The Bruins are still searching for consistent 60-minute efforts. They’re coming into this one (relatively) rested, which means they have no excuse for not throttling the Canes once again. There have been some good signs lately, though. First and foremost has been the play of Jaromir Jagr. The future Hall of Famer has been as advertised for the B’s racking up six points in five games since being traded. Tyler Seguin is also starting to come along, as he continues to bounce around the Bruins lineup. Seguin has a goal in each of his last two games, and he has three goals in his last six. The Bruins need those two to keep it going if they’re going to get hot going into the playoffs. The Bruins will also need to get healthy. Patrice Bergeron, who is working his way back from a concussion, sounds like he might be back soon. Bergeron is making the trip with the Bruins to Carolina, but he’s not expected to play Saturday night. Brad Marchand also remains out with a concussion of his own, and there’s still no timetable for his potential return. Puck drop from Raleigh is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

This article first appeared on NESN.com and was syndicated with permission.

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