February 6, 2014

Tale of the Tape: Bruins vs. Blues

By Jesse Connolly

TEAM STATS

RECORD

STANDINGS

GOALS FOR

GOALS AGAINST

POWER PLAY

PENALTY KILL

 

36-16-3 (75 pts) 1st in Atlantic
2nd in East
3.02 (5th) 2.13 (2nd) 20.8% (6th) 83.0% (12th)
 
37-12-6 (80 pts) 2nd in Central
3rd in West
3.33 (2nd) 2.31 (3rd) 23.0% (2nd) 84.9% (5th)

TEAM LEADERS

GOALS

ASSISTS

POINTS

+/-

PIM

WINS

GAA

SV%

 

Reilly Smith (18) David Krejci (35) David Krejci (47) Johnny Boychuk (+24)
Adam McQuaid (69) Tuukka Rask (25) Tuukka Rask (2.09) Tuukka Rask (.929)
      
Alex Steen (27) Alex Pietrangelo (33) Oshie, Steen (45) Jaden Schwartz (+21) Chris Stewart (105) Jaroslav Halak (23) Brian Elliott (2.10) Brian Elliott (.917)


SEASON SERIES

Nov. 14, 2013: St. Louis 3 @ Boston 2 (SO)

Feb. 6, 2014: Boston @ St. Louis
 

 

PROJECTED LINEUP

IN NET

INJURIES

Lucic - Krejci - Iginla
Marchand - Bergeron - Smith
Kelly - Soderberg - Eriksson
Paille - Campbell - Thornton

 Miller - Hamilton
Warsofsky - Boychuk
Krug - Bartkowski

Tuukka Rask

Dennis Seidenberg (ACL/MCL)
Adam McQuaid (undisclosed) 


Steen - Backes - Stewart
Schwartz - Roy - Jaskin
Paajarvi - Berglund - Oshie
Morrow - Lapierre - Reaves

Pietrangelo - Bouwmeester
Shattenkirk - Jackman
Leopold - Polak


Jaroslav Halak

Vladimir Sobotka (leg) 


NEWS & NOTES

* The Bruins improved to 7-2-1 in their last ten tilts, following a 3-1 victory over Roberto Luongo and the Canucks Tuesday at TD Garden.

* Former Bruin Vladimir Sobotka, who was traded to St. Louis in 2010 for recently-recalled blueliner David Warsofsky (Marshfield, Mass.), was placed on injured reserve on Feb. 1 with a left leg injury. He'll be re-evaluated following the Olympics, where he'll now be unable to play for the Czech Republic.

* The Blues come into tonight's tilt winners of four of their last six games. Three of the last five, including a 5-4 loss to Ottawa Tuesday, have gone to the shootout.

 

ON A ROLL

ICE COLD

FUN FACTS


Jarome Iginla (11 pts last 6 GP)

Milan Lucic (7 pts last 6 GP)

Reilly Smith (0 pts last 3 GP)

Johnny Boychuk (0 pts last 4 GP)

* Kevan Miller made his NHL debut against the Blues back on Nov. 21.

* The B's are 13-4-3 against the Western Conference this season with a 5-3-1 road record in those contests.

 

David Backes (7 pts last 7 GP)

T.J. Oshie (3 pts last 3 GP)

Chris Stewart (1 pt last 7 GP)

Alex Steen (0 pts last 3 GP)

* Longtime Sabre Derek Roy has 39 points in 50 career games against Boston.

* The Blues are 17-4-2 against Eastern Conference opponents this season, with a 9-0-1 record on home ice in those contests.


WHAT TO WATCH FOR

* As if the numbers alone didn't support the theory enough, the first meeting this season between these two clubs showed exactly why many believe they're mirror images of one another. Built on strong defense and balanced scoring, the Bruins and Blues battled it out at TD Garden in November, with St. Louis narrowly edging the host squad in the shootout.

* This time around, the B's will be without captain Zdeno Chara, who will miss the team's final two games in order to be Slovakia's flag bearer for the opening ceremony at the 2014 Olympics. As such, a makeshift Boston defense led by Dougie Hamilton will have to contend with a Blues team that's scored 104 goals in 28 home games, good for a terrifying average of 3.71 per contest.

* If you looked strictly at his home numbers (16-6-2, 1.81, .938), Tuukka Rask would probably be a slam dunk for the Vezina Trophy, but the Finnish netminder has been fairly pedestrian outside of TD Garden. Rask is 9-7-1 on the road with a 2.50 goals-against average and .916 save percentage. Given the aforementioned dynamite Blues offense (led by nine Olympians) and the absence of Chara, it might not be a fun evening for No. 40 in black and gold.

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Email: jconnolly@hockeyjournal.com