There aren't many teams in the NHL that really have the Bruins' number. The odds become even more unlikely that a team has dominated the Black and Gold if they're not even a playoff team.

But the non-playoff Carolina Hurricanes, the same team that banished the Bruins from the playoffs four years ago, swept the B's in their four game series during the regular season and outscored Boston by a 14-5 margin. It's those kinds of performances against mediocre teams that gave the Bruins a reputation as a team that can sometimes play down to the competition.

But the Bruins players are keenly aware of last year's Canes phenomenon as they ready for their first meeting against Carolina at the RBC Center on Monday night. The tilt against the Southeast Division foe will be the first part of back-to-back games that conclude back at TD Garden against the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night.

"It's a pretty important game for us. This is a team that gave us a fair share of trouble last year and they improved their roster. They've won their last couple of games, so it's going to be a challenge for us," said Bruins head coach Claude Julien. "There are certain teams that give other teams trouble. They're a four-man attack team and they always have a 'D' up on the rush.

"We haven't played our best against them, and they've played some very good games against us. It's one of those things where we want to get that win against them as quick as we can so we can get the monkey off our back."

As expected Eric Staal, Jordan Staal and Jeff Skinner share the team-lead with four points on the season, and the oldest Staal brother leads the Hurricanes with three goals scored on the season. The talented, young Carolina defensemen corps combined with skilled players like the Staal Brothers, Skinner and Alex Semin mean that the Bruins could be in for a long night if they start looking ahead to the Devils on Tuesday night.