Claude Julien confirmed that Andrew Ference will not play tonight. Shane Hnidy, a healthy scratch for the first three games, will be making his series debut tonight.
"When you're down 2-1 in a series, it's really important that you come to play tonight and that you play your best game possible," said Claude Julien. "Everything becomes more important. We don't want to go back home down 3-1. Those are the consequences we face tonight."
* One of the most significant reasons why the Hurricanes have limited Boston's chances and given Cam Ward good looks at pucks has been the backpressure applied by their forwards. "With players that skate very well and really handle the puck, if you give them ice to play on, they will make those plays," said Paul Maurice. "The only way to do that is allow your defense to stay up and have as tight a gap as you can. The only way to do that is to push them from behind."
* All but missing in this series for the Bruins: emotion. "When we played teams like Montreal or the Rangers, we were more intense and more emotionally involved," Zdeno Chara said. "We have to bring that same level."
* Blake Wheeler will play tonight. Wheeler skated with David Krejci and Michael Ryder during the morning skate.
Tonight's expected lineup: