October 17, 2013

Tale of the Tape: Bruins vs. Panthers

By Jesse Connolly

Here's the Tale of the Tape for tonight's game between the Boston Bruins and Florida Panthers down in Sunrise:

TEAM STATS

RECORD

STANDINGS

GOALS FOR

GOALS AGAINST

POWER PLAY

PENALTY KILL

 

3-2-0 (6 pts) 5thin Atlantic
7th in East
2.40 (19th) 1.60 (3rd) 10.5% (25th) 86.7% (4th)

2-5-0 (4 pts) 7th in Atlantic
12th in East 
2.29 (21st) 4.00 (28th) 10.7% (24th) 82.6% (13th)

TEAM LEADERS

GOALS

ASSISTS

POINTS

+/-

PIM

WINS

GAA

SV%

 

Lucic (3) Krejci (4) Lucic (5) Boychuk (+3)
Thornton (17) Rask (3) Rask (1.41) Rask (.951)
 
Boyes (4) Fleischmann (6) Fleischmann (7)
Shore (+1) Gudbranson (30) Markstrom, Thomas (1) Markstrom (3.60)
Markstrom (.882)


SEASON SERIES

Oct. 17, 2013: Boston @ Florida

Nov. 7, 2013: Florida @ Boston

Jan. 28, 2014: Florida @ Boston

Mar. 4, 2014: Florida @ Boston

Mar. 9, 2014: Boston @ Florida

 

PROJECTED LINEUP

IN NET

INJURIES

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

Chara - Boychuk
Seidenberg - Bartkowski
Krug - McQuaid 

 
Tuukka Rask

C. Soderberg (ankle)


Fleischmann - Barkov - Boyes
Huberdeau - Gomez - Versteeg
Upshall - Bjugstad - Kopecky
Winchester - Goc - Matthias

Campbell - Gilbert
Kulikov -Weaver
Gudbranson - Gilroy


Tim Thomas 

S. Bergenheim (hip)

E. Jovanovski (hip)

S. Pinizzotto (hip)


NEWS & NOTES

* (Obligatory "Carl Soderberg still isn't ready to play" update goes here.)

* The Panthers are coming off a 4-3 loss in Nashville on Tuesday. Former BU captain Matt Gilroy scored his first goal of the season for Florida in the setback. 

* Boston comes in with a 1-0 record on the road, having defeated Columbus, 3-1, Saturday. The Panthers are 1-1 on home ice. They were victorious in their home opener (6-3 over Pittsburgh), but lost by a score of 3-0 to the Kings at BB&T Center on Sunday.

 

ON A ROLL

ICE COLD

FUN FACTS


Milan Lucic (5 pts last 5 GP)

Loui Eriksson (2 pts last 2 GP)

Brad Marchand (0 pts last 3 GP)

* Matt Bartkowski was drafted 190th overall by Florida in 2008. He was part of the deal that sent Dennis Seidenberg to Boston.


Tomas Fleischmann (5 pts in last 3 GP)

Brad Boyes (4 pts last 3 GP)

Scottie Upshall (0 pts last 5 GP)

Tomas Kopecky (0 pts last 7 GP)

* Kris Versteeg was selected 134th overall by Boston in 2004. He was traded to Chicago in 2007 for Brandon Bochenski.


WHAT TO WATCH FOR

* After suffering a groin injury eight minutes into a start in Philly on Oct. 8, Tim Thomas is ready to return at the perfect time and face his old club. The two-time Vezina Trophy winner will be going against his old apprentice, Tuukka Rask, in this one. There's more hype and buildup for this game than any matchup I can ever recall against the oft-lowly Panthers. While a small faction of the fan base hopes to see him flop, I think most Bruins loyalists hope Thomas -- at the very least -- doesn't get lit up. That might end up happening, however, given the Panthers' early-season woes, but I see Thomas -- as he did so often in black and gold -- rising to the occasion. 

* Thomas will have to be damn near perfect if Rask's track record against the Panthers continues. In eight games against Florida, the Finnish netminder owns a 7-1-0 record, 0.86 goals-against average and .972 save percentage.

* Boston's power play was 0-for-5 on Monday against Detroit and has slipped to 25th in the NHL. Despite giving up four goals a game, the Panthers have been pretty respectable on the PK, as they're 13th in the NHL at 82.6 percent. 

* Former Bruin Brad Boyes is off to a hot start in Sunrise after parlaying a PTO into a one-year deal with the Panthers. The 31-year-old winger has 4-2-6 totals, all of which have come in the last five games. In his last eight games against Boston, however, Boyes has gone pointless seven times. 

Twitter: @JesseNEHJ
Email: jconnolly@hockeyjournal.com