March 9, 2014

Tale of the Tape: Bruins vs. Panthers

By Jesse Connolly

TEAM STATS

RECORD

STANDINGS

GOALS FOR

GOALS AGAINST

POWER PLAY

PENALTY KILL

 

41-17-5 (87 pts) 1st in Atlantic
2nd in East
3.13 (4th) 2.19 (2nd) 20.4% (9th) 82.6% (13th)
 
24-32-7 (55 pts) 7th in Atlantic
15th in East
2.33 (26th) 3.11 (27th) 9.8% (30th) 76.0% (30th)

TEAM LEADERS

GOALS

ASSISTS

POINTS

+/-

PIM

WINS

GAA

SV%

 

Brad Marchand (21) David Krejci (39) David Krejci (55) Johnny Boychuk (+31)
Lucic, McQuaid (69) Tuukka Rask (28) Tuukka Rask (2.15) Tuukka Rask (.926)
      
Brad Boyes (17) Tom Gilbert (24) Scottie Upshall (31) Scottie Upshall (+6) Erik Gudbranson (93) Roberto Luongo (20) Roberto Luongo (2.32) Roberto Luongo (.919)


SEASON SERIES

Oct. 17, 2013: Boston 3 @ Florida 2

Nov. 7, 2013: Florida 1 @ Boston 4

Jan. 28, 2014: Florida 2 @ Boston 6

Mar. 4, 2014: Florida 1 @ Boston 4

Mar. 9, 2014: Boston @ Florida

 

PROJECTED LINEUP

IN NET

INJURIES

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

Chara - Hamilton
Bartkowski - Boychuk
Krug - Miller 

Chad Johnson

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

 


Bergenheim - Bjugstad - Boyes
Fleischmann - Trocheck - Upshall
Huberdeau - Pirri - Winchester
Barch - Gomez - Hayes 

Campbell - Gilbert
Kulikov - Jovanovski
Gudbranson - Olsen 


Roberto Luongo

Aleksander Barkov (knee)
Tomas Kopecky (concussion) 


NEWS & NOTES

* The Bruins overcame a two-goal deficit on Saturday down in Tampa, pulling out a 4-3 victory in the shootout. Boston heads to Sunrise riding a four-game winning streak. They've secured points in five of their six games following the Olympic break.

* The Panthers were victorious in their last outing, which saw them earn a 2-0 win over the visiting Sabres Friday. Roberto Luongo, making his first start since returning to Florida, stopped all 25 shots he faced.

 

ON A ROLL

ICE COLD

FUN FACTS


Carl Soderberg (7 pts last 7 GP)

Loui Eriksson (4 pts last 3 GP)

Reilly Smith (0 pts last 4 GP)

Zdeno Chara (0 pts last 5 GP)

* The Bruins are going for their third season-series sweep in the last five games. They recently wrapped up the year with perfect records against the Rangers and Lightning.

 

Scottie Upshall (4 pts last 3 GP)

Brian Campbell (6 pts last 9 GP)

Brad Boyes (1 pt last 4 GP)

Tomas Fleischmann (0 pts last 4 GP)

* Scottie Upshall is on pace to lead the Panthers with just 40 points. 

* Only nine of Nick Bjugstad's 27 points this season have come on home ice.


WHAT TO WATCH FOR

* He blanked the woeful Sabres, but how will Roberto Luongo fare against the B's tonight? The ex-Canuck is making his third start against Boston this season. As anyone who remembers the 2011 Stanley Cup Final knows (read: everyone), Luongo tends to play quite well against the Black and Gold outside of TD Garden.

* Reilly Smith is still mired in an 11-game goal drought, but his winning tally in the shootout Saturday against Tampa might give him a nice confidence boost coming into today's game against Florida. The second-line winger, who was temporarily dropped to the fourth line during the third period last night, has three goals and an assist in four contests against the Panthers this season. 

* I highly doubt it'll happen, but tonight would be as good a time as any to give Zdeno Chara a rest. The B's will have Monday and Tuesday off before they gear up for the Canadiens Wednesday, but tonight's game is the second half of back-to-back tilts on the road. Furthermore, I'm sure Boston could survive one night without their behemoth captain against the lowly Panthers, and it'd be a good time to give Andrej Meszaros a chance to get his feet wet in the Bruins' system with a weak foe on tap. Unfortunately Claude Julien doesn't check in with me before games to poach my genius strategies, so this one's more along the lines of what to hope for than what to watch for, but that's the call I'd make if I was in charge of Sunday's lineup.

Twitter: @JesseNEHJ
Email: jconnolly@hockeyjournal.com