January 28, 2014

Tale of the Tape: Bruins vs. Panthers

By Jesse Connolly

TEAM STATS

RECORD

STANDINGS

GOALS FOR

GOALS AGAINST

POWER PLAY

PENALTY KILL

 

32-15-3 (69 pts) 1st in Atlantic
2nd in East
2.98 (5th) 2.16 (2nd) 20.3% (8th) 82.9% (13th)
 
21-24-7 (50 pts) 7th in Atlantic
15th in East
2.31 (27th) 2.94 (24th) 8.8% (30th) 77.6% (28th)

TEAM LEADERS

GOALS

ASSISTS

POINTS

+/-

PIM

WINS

GAA

SV%

 

Marchand, Smith (17) David Krejci (32) David Krejci (42) Patrice Bergeron (+24)
Adam McQuaid (69) Tuukka Rask (23) Tuukka Rask (2.08) Tuukka Rask (.930)
     
Brad Boyes (13) Tom Gilbert (22) Barkov, Gilbert (24) Upshall, two others (+4) Erik Gudbranson (76) Tim Thomas (14) Tim Thomas (2.65) Tim Thomas (.915)


SEASON SERIES

Oct. 17, 2013: Boston 3 @ Florida 2

Nov. 7, 2013: Florida 1 @ Boston 4

Jan. 28, 2014: Florida @ Boston

Mar. 4, 2014: Florida @ Boston

Mar. 9, 2014: Boston @ Florida

 

PROJECTED LINEUP

IN NET

INJURIES

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

 Chara - Boychuk
Krug - Miller
Bartkowski - Hamilton

Tuukka Rask

Dennis Seidenberg (ACL/MCL)
Adam McQuaid (undisclosed) 
Ryan Spooner (illness) 


Matthias - Bjugstad - Upshall
Bergenheim - Gomez - Boyes
Huberdeau - Goc - Winchester
Fleischmann - Shore - Barch

Campbell - Gilbert
Olsen - Jovanovski
Kulikov - Weaver 


Tim Thomas

Aleksander Barkov (lower body)


NEWS & NOTES

* The Bruins nailed down their third-straight win Monday, pulling away late to earn a 6-3 victory over the Isles. The line of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and Reilly Smith combined for eight points.

* The Panthers are 3-1-0 in their last four games, which all have come on the road. They rallied for a 5-4 shootout victory in Detroit Sunday. Remarkably, they're just eight points back of Detroit for the final Wild Card spot.

 

ON A ROLL

ICE COLD

FUN FACTS


Brad Marchand (12 pts last 6 GP)

Patrice Bergeron (10 pts last 6 GP)

Johnny Boychuk (1 pt last 6 GP)

Matt Bartkowski (0 pts last 10 GP)

* This will be game No. 53 against the Panthers for Zdeno Chara. He has 8-19-27 totals and 120 penalty minutes in his career against Florida.

 

Tom Gilbert (6 pts last 3 GP)

Jesse Winchester (5 pts last 4 GP)

Brad Boyes (1 pt last 6 GP)

Scott Gomez (1 pt last 16 GP)

* This'll be career game No. 50 against Boston for Scott Gomez. The former Hab has 11-23-34 totals vs. the B's.


WHAT TO WATCH FOR

* Tim Thomas made an appearance in the press box during Florida's last trip to Boston, but this time the netminder will be between the pipes, making his first start at TD Garden as a member of the opposition in the process. The two-time Vezina Trophy winner has been playing very well since overcoming a few injuries early on this season. Since Dec. 1, he's 8-5-2 with a 2.40 goals-against average and .925 save percentage. "There was a flood of emotions, all good," Thomas said in the Miami Herald about his first trip back. "Being back in the city, seeing how people -- from hotel workers to cab drivers -- treated me, it was better that I wasn't playing. I got to appreciate it a bit more."

* There's no reason for the Bruins to lose the special teams battle tonight. The Panthers have not scored on 42 consecutive power-play opportunities, which has caused their efficiency on the man advantage to slip to a league-worst 8.8 percent. Their PK isn't much better, clocking in at 28th in the NHL (77.6 percent). For a suddenly revived Boston power play, and the B's slumping penalty kill, this is welcomed news.

* Expect Chris Kelly to return to the lineup tonight. He's been out since suffering a broken fibula against the Penguins Dec. 7. As for where he'll slot in? We'll guess that he jumps on the third line with Carl Soderberg and Loui Eriksson, and Paille slides back down to play with Shawn Thornton and Greg Campbell. The Bruins will soon have to decide what to do with Jordan Caron and/or Ryan Spooner.

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Email: jconnolly@hockeyjournal.com