January 2, 2014

Tale of the Tape: Bruins vs. Predators

By Jesse Connolly

TEAM STATS

RECORD

STANDINGS

GOALS FOR

GOALS AGAINST

POWER PLAY

PENALTY KILL

 

26-12-2 (54 pts) 1st in Atlantic
2nd in East
2.90 (7th) 2.10 (2nd) 22.0% (5th) 84.8% (6th)
 
18-18-4 (40 pts) 7th in Central
12th in West
2.38 (23rd) 2.90 (24th) 20.9% (8th) 81.2% (17th)

TEAM LEADERS

GOALS

ASSISTS

POINTS

+/-

PIM

WINS

GAA

SV%

 

Reilly Smith (14) David Krejci (26) David Krejci (35) Jarome Iginla (+17)
Milan Lucic (53) Tuukka Rask (20) Tuukka Rask (1.99) Tuukka Rask (.932)
   
Craig Smith (11) David Legwand (19) David Legwand (25)
Colin Wilson (+2) Rich Clune (74) Hutton, Mazanec (7) Pekka Rinne (2.31) Pekka Rinne (.917)


SEASON SERIES

Dec. 23, 2013: Boston 6 @ Nashville 2

Jan. 2, 2014: Nashville @ Boston

 

PROJECTED LINEUP

IN NET

INJURIES

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

 Chara - Boychuk
Krug - McQuaid
Bartkowski - Hamilton 

Niklas Svedberg


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


Wilson - Fisher - Hornqvist
Bourque - Cullen - Stalberg
Spaling - Legwand - Smith
Nystrom - Gaustad - Hendricks

Weber - Josi
Ekholm - Jones
Klein - Ellis 


Marek Mazanec

Pekka Rinne (hip)


NEWS & NOTES

* The Bruins ended the calendar year of 2013 on a sour note, as the Isles' PP propelled them to a 5-3 victory at TD Garden. 

* Boston will welcome back Carl Soderberg (concussion-like symptoms) and Dougie Hamilton (lower body) tonight. 

* Nashville has won two straight following a five-game losing streak, which included a 6-2 loss at home to Boston. They scored nine times in back-to-back victories over L.A. and Detroit.

 

ON A ROLL

ICE COLD

FUN FACTS


Reilly Smith (8 pts last 5 GP)

Jarome Iginla (5 pts last 4 GP)

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

Greg Campbell (0 pts last 10 GP)

* Boston has allowed just 38 goals in 22 home games, good for an average of 1.73 per game.

* Matt Fraser has scored each of his two NHL goals against Nashville.

Colin Wilson (4 pts last 2 GP)

Seth Jones (4 pts last 2 GP)

Viktor Stalberg (0 pts last 4 GP)

Roman Josi (1 pt last 6 GP)

* The Predators average just 2.26 goals per game on the road, where they're clearly fortunate to be 8-10-1. 

* Mike Fisher recently scored his 10th goal, giving him his ninth-straight season with double-digit goals.


WHAT TO WATCH FOR

* After a woeful showing on defense and in net against the Isles, the Bruins will look to hit the reset button and start fresh in their first game of 2014. Some reinforcements should certainly help, especially offensively. Soderberg and Hamilton will likely both be on the second power-play unit.

* Nashville will look to avenge the beatdown they took at home against the B's just before Christmas. Their offensive struggles have been documented, but Marek Mazanec owns a .922 save percentage on the road, compared to .897 on home ice. Then again, Carter Hutton had much better stats at home and was promptly lit up before an early, first-period exit the last time these two teams met.

* Boston fans will get their first glimpse of star rookie Seth Jones. The first-year pro has been heating up after a bumpy stretch that saw him taken off the top pairing with Shea Weber. Jones has five points in the last four games and is plus-5 in the last two games.

* Speaking of rookies, we've saved the biggest storyline for last. Niklas Svedberg will make his NHL debut tonight. The Baz Bastien Award winner last season as the AHL's best goalie down in Providence, Svedberg was 13-5-3 on the year for the P-Bruins before being summoned to Boston to make his first start for the big club.

Twitter: @JesseNEHJ
Email: jconnolly@hockeyjournal.com