January 9, 2014

Tale of the Tape: Bruins vs. Kings

By Jesse Connolly

TEAM STATS

RECORD

STANDINGS

GOALS FOR

GOALS AGAINST

POWER PLAY

PENALTY KILL

 

28-13-2 (58 pts) 1st in Atlantic
2nd in East
2.91 (8th) 2.14 (2nd) 20.7% (8th) 83.4% (10th)
 
26-13-5 (57 pts) 3rd in Pacific
6th in West
2.46 (22nd) 2.00 (1st) 15.0% (24th) 83.7% (9th)

TEAM LEADERS

GOALS

ASSISTS

POINTS

+/-

PIM

WINS

GAA

SV%

 

Reilly Smith (15) David Krejci (27) David Krejci (36) Jarome Iginla (+18)
Adam McQuaid (56) Tuukka Rask (21) Tuukka Rask (2.05) Tuukka Rask (.930)
   
Corey Perry (23) Ryan Getzlaf (28) Ryan Getzlaf (48)
Hampus Lindholm (+22) Corey Perry (40) Jonathan Quick (11) Martin Jones (1.41) Martin Jones (.950)


SEASON SERIES

Jan. 9, 2014: Boston @ Los Angeles

Jan. 20, 2014: Los Angeles @ Boston

 

PROJECTED LINEUP

IN NET

INJURIES

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

 Chara - Hamilton
Krug - McQuaid
Bartkowski - Boychuk

Tuukka Rask

Loui Eriksson (concussion)
Dennis Seidenberg (ACL/MCL)
Shawn Thornton (suspension)
Chris Kelly (fractured fibula)
Jordan Caron (back) 
Milan Lucic (illness)


King - Kopitar - Carter
Brown - Stoll - Williams
Frattin - Richards - Toffoli
Clifford - Fraser - Lewis

Muzzin - Doughty
Voynov - Mitchell
Regehr - Martinez 


Jonathan Quick

 


NEWS & NOTES

* The Bruins began their three-game road trip through California with a cringe-worthy showing on special teams, as they allowed three power-play goals and a shorthanded strike in a 5-2 loss to the Ducks.

* Boston did not hold morning skate, so we'll have to wait and see if Milan Lucic is ready to roll after missing Tuesday's tilt with an illness.

* The Kings were on a major roll, but they enter the game with a 4-5-1 record in their last 10 tilts. They fell by a score of 2-1 in the shootout against Minnesota Tuesday.

 

ON A ROLL

ICE COLD

FUN FACTS


Jarome Iginla (12 pts last 12 GP)

Dan Paille (5 pts last 5 GP)

Matt Fraser (1 pt last 13 GP)

Milan Lucic (1 goal last 15 GP)

* Torey Krug is minus-7 in 19 road games. He's plus-10 at TD Garden in 24 home contests.

* Jarome Iginla and Kings D-man Robyn Regehr were teammates for over a decade in Calgary.


Jeff Carter (5 pts last 4 GP)

Dwight King (4 pts last 6 GP)

Dustin Brown (1 pt last 6 GP)

Tyler Toffoli (0 pts last 8 GP)

* Jordan Nolan's father, Ted, is head coach of the Sabres. Unfortunately, Buffalo hired him one day after they wrapped up their season series against the Kings.

* Five of Mike Richards' six goals this season have come on home ice.


WHAT TO WATCH FOR

* We're likely to see a marquee matchup between the pipes tonight with the preseason pick for the Vezina Trophy and the midseason favorite going head-to-head. Jonathan Quick is expected to make his third start since returning from a two-month stint on the sidelines with a groin injury. The Hamden, Conn., native is 1-0-1 since coming back, allowing a single goal in each contest. Things haven't been going that well for Rask of late, as the Finnish netminder is 1-3-0 in his last four starts with a -- gasp! -- 4.20 goals-against average during that span.

* The Kings offense is leaps and bounds better at home than it is on the road. They've scored 62 times in 22 tilts at Staples Center, compared to 46 in 22 contests elsewhere. Anze Kopitar's had a quiet start to 2014, but he and fellow key cogs Jeff Carter and Mike Richards tend to rack up points in bunches. Regardless of their rank in the NHL, that's a trio you don't want to put on the power play too often, especially given Boston's woes on the PK of late.

* One member of that penalty kill looking for a bounce-back game is Adam McQuaid. No. 54 was on the ice for all three of the Ducks' tallies on the man advantage, and their lone even-strength goal.  The road hasn't been very kind to McQuaid and his defensive partner, Torey Krug. With the duo playing a bigger role on the back-end in the wake of Dennis Seidenberg's season-ending surgery, they need to be better outside of TD Garden.

Twitter: @JesseNEHJ
Email: jconnolly@hockeyjournal.com