December 23, 2013

Tale of the Tape: Bruins vs. Predators

By Jesse Connolly

TEAM STATS

RECORD

STANDINGS

GOALS FOR

GOALS AGAINST

POWER PLAY

PENALTY KILL

 

24-10-2 (48 pts) 1st in Atlantic
2nd in East
2.75 (11th) 2.03 (2nd) 19.6% (10th) 87.2% (3rd)
 
16-16-4 (21 pts) 7th in Central
12th in West
2.31 (25th) 2.78 (T-17th) 21.0% (7th) 83.9% (10th)

TEAM LEADERS

GOALS

ASSISTS

POINTS

+/-

PIM

WINS

GAA

SV%

 

Milan Lucic (12) David Krejci (24) David Krejci (31) Jaorme Iginla (+14)
Shawn Thornton (41) Tuukka Rask (17) Tuukka Rask (1.90) Tuukka Rask (.934)
   
Shea Weber (9) David Legwand (19) David Legwand (25)
Ryan Ellis (+3) Rich Clune (74) Carter Hutton (7) Pekka Rinne (2.31) Pekka Rinne (.917)


SEASON SERIES

Dec. 23, 2013: Boston @ Nashville

Jan. 2, 2014: Nashville @ Boston

 

PROJECTED LINEUP

IN NET

INJURIES

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

Chara - Boychuk
Seidenberg - Warsofsky
Krug - McQuaid

Tuukka Rask

Loui Eriksson (concussion)
Daniel Paille (concussion)
Shawn Thornton (suspension)
Chris Kelly (fractured fibula)
Dougie Hamilton (lower body) 


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

Weber - Josi
Ellis - Klein
Jones - Bartley 


Carter Hutton

Pekka Rinne (hip surgery)


NEWS & NOTES

* After splitting a home-and-home series with the Sabres, the B's are back on the road for their final tilt before the NHL begins its three-day Christmas break. Boston is 5-2-2 this season against the Western Conference.

* Adam McQuaid is ready to return to action. He last played on Nov. 30, when he re-aggravated a lower-body injury.

* The Preds come into this one with just three wins in their last 10 games. Nashville's 2-3-2 on home ice during that stretch.

 

ON A ROLL

ICE COLD

FUN FACTS


Zdeno Chara (3 pts last 3 GP)

David Krejci (6 pts last 5 GP)

Jordan Caron (0 pts last 16 GP)

Matt Fraser (0 pts last 6 GP)

* Brad Marchand made his NHL debut against the Predators back on Oct. 21, 2009. No. 63 skated on a line with Patrice Bergeron and Michael Ryder that night, assisting on a goal by the latter to earn his first NHL point. Dan Ellis was in net for the Preds.


Craig Smith (3 pts last 2 GP)

Shea Weber (3 pts last 2 GP)

Patric Hornqvist (1 pt last 4 GP)

Kevin Klein (0 pts last 15 GP)

* Connecticut-born winger Colin Wilson appeared in his first pro game at TD Garden the same night Marchand made his NHL debut. 


WHAT TO WATCH FOR

* Even for fans that'd classify themselves as being a notch above "casual," you won't find many folks 'round these parts that are super familiar with the Predators. Nashville's in the Western Conference, hasn't played Boston in almost two years, didn't make the playoffs this past spring and rarely gets any national attention. Don't be surprised if the Bruins treat this game the same way, and we wind up seeing one of those feel-it-out first periods.

* The Predators have always had trouble scoring goals, and this year is no different (as you can see in the numbers above). The key to shutting them down completely is squashing their power play. Twenty-four of their 85 goals have come on the man advantage. Their 52 tallies during 5-on-5 play rank 29th in the league. Boston's PK has been superb since the first few weeks of the campaign. If they can continue that tonight, the B's should have no problem getting the two points.

* With Pekka Rinne still on the shelf, Carter Hutton gets the call in net. The former UMass-Lowell netminder is 7-5-2 on the season with a 2.88 goals-against average and has done a pretty solid job of holding the fort down in Rinne's absence (during which Marek Mazanec has seen his share of playing time in goal). It should be noted that Hutton's been much more effective on home ice, where he owns a .926 save percentage and 2.36 goals-against average in seven appearances.

Twitter: @JesseNEHJ
Email: jconnolly@hockeyjournal.com