January 4, 2014

Tale of the Tape: Bruins vs. Jets

By Jesse Connolly

TEAM STATS

RECORD

STANDINGS

GOALS FOR

GOALS AGAINST

POWER PLAY

PENALTY KILL

 

27-12-2 (54 pts) 1st in Atlantic
2nd in East
2.90 (6th) 2.10 (2nd) 21.6% (6th) 85.0% (5th)
 
19-19-5 (43 pts) 6th in Central
11th in West
2.60 (16th) 2.81 (18th) 14.6% (23rd) 83.0% (11th)

TEAM LEADERS

GOALS

ASSISTS

POINTS

+/-

PIM

WINS

GAA

SV%

 

Reilly Smith (14) David Krejci (27) David Krejci (36) Jarome Iginla (+18)
Milan Lucic (53) Tuukka Rask (20) Tuukka Rask (1.99) Tuukka Rask (.932)
   
Blake Wheeler (15) Dustin Byfuglien (23) Bryan Little (33)
Ladd, Little (+7) Dustin Byfuglien (46) Ondrej Pavelec (11) Al Montoya (2.02) Al Montoya (.929)


SEASON SERIES

Jan. 4, 2014: Winnipeg @ Boston

Apr. 10, 2014: Boston @ Winnipeg

 

PROJECTED LINEUP

IN NET

INJURIES

Lucic - Krejci - Iginla
Marchand - Bergeron - Smith
Soderberg - Spooner - Fraser
Paille - Campbell - Caron

 Chara - Hamilton
Krug - McQuaid
Bartkowski - Boychuk

Tuukka Rask

Loui Eriksson (concussion)
Dennis Seidenberg (ACL/MCL)
Shawn Thornton (suspension)
Chris Kelly (fractured fibula)
Torey Krug (undisclosed) 


Ladd - Little - Wheeler
Kane - Scheifele - Frolik
Thorburn - Jokinen - Setoguchi
Tangradi - Wright - Peluso

Byfuglien - Ellerby
Trouba - Enstrom
Stuart - Bogosian 


Ondrej Pavelec

Matt Halischuk (forearm)
Paul Postma (blood clot)
Grant Clitsome (undisclosed)


NEWS & NOTES

* The Bruins rebounded from a 5-3 loss to the Isles with a 3-2 OT win over the Preds at TD Garden on Thursday. 

* Boston comes into this one with a 4-1 record on the year in matinees. By my count -- unofficial of course -- they were 27-28-4 over the previous four seasons in day games.

* The Jets saw their three-game winning streak come to an end Thursday, as they fell by a score of 4-3 in Ottawa. Winnipeg's 1-4-0 in the last five road games.

 

ON A ROLL

ICE COLD

FUN FACTS


Reilly Smith (8 pts last 6 GP)

Jarome Iginla (7 pts last 6 GP)

Jordan Caron (0 pts since the second game of the season)

Greg Campbell (0 pts last 11 GP)

* Milan Lucic had his first NHL hat trick on Oct. 25, 2008 against the Thrashers who, of course, are now the Jets. 


Dustin Byfuglien (7 pts last 7 GP)

Blake Wheeler (6 pts last 7 GP)

Zach Bogosian (1 pt last 6 GP)

* It's been nearly eight years since Mark Stuart made his NHL debut. The former Bruin made his first appearance with the big club on Mar. 11, 2005, in a 3-1 loss to the Islanders in Boston.


WHAT TO WATCH FOR

* Breaking news: The Jets aren't a very good hockey team. However, their offense has the ability to be dangerous. Winnipeg has averaged 3.5 goals per game over the last four tilts. Tuukka Rask got the night off when Boston hosted Nashville Thursday. He allowed eight goals in his previous 80 minutes of action prior to that. Can he bounce back, or will the Jets -- who have three solid forward lines that can score -- make it three straight rough outings for No. 40?

* We'll be watching two teams that get a good chunk of offense from their defensemen. Zdeno Chara's third among NHL blueliners with nine goals, followed closely by teammate Torey Krug (8), who's tied with Jets rearguard Dustin Byfuglien for fourth. Rookie Jacob Trouba has been red-hot as well. The 19-year-old defenseman has 2-4-6 totals in the last seven games and is plus-7 during that stretch. 

* Old friend Blake Wheeler promises to be a thorn in Boston's side. The former Bruin has 4-3-7 totals in eight career games against the B's. The University of Minnesota product was recently named to Team USA's roster for the 2014 Winter Olympics. He was on fire in December, scoring 10 goals in 14 games.

Twitter: @JesseNEHJ
Email: jconnolly@hockeyjournal.com