January 11, 2014

Tale of the Tape: Bruins vs. Sharks

By Jesse Connolly

TEAM STATS

RECORD

STANDINGS

GOALS FOR

GOALS AGAINST

POWER PLAY

PENALTY KILL

 

28-14-2 (58 pts) 1st in Atlantic
2nd in East
2.89 (8th) 2.18 (2nd) 20.2% (8th) 83.4% (10th)
 
28-11-6 (62 pts) 2rd in Pacific
4th in West
3.13 (5th) 2.44 (11th) 19.2% (12th) 82.9% (12th)

TEAM LEADERS

GOALS

ASSISTS

POINTS

+/-

PIM

WINS

GAA

SV%

 

Reilly Smith (15) David Krejci (27) David Krejci (36) Jarome Iginla (+16)
Adam McQuaid (61) Tuukka Rask (21) Tuukka Rask (2.12) Tuukka Rask (.928)
   
Joe Pavelski (21) Joe Thornton (45) Joe Thornton (50)
Brent Burns (+20) Andrew Desjardins (63) Antti Niemi (23) Alex Stalock (2.03) Alex Stalock (.932)


SEASON SERIES

Oct. 24, 2013: San Jose 1 @ Boston 2

Jan. 11, 2014: Boston @ San Jose

 

PROJECTED LINEUP

IN NET

INJURIES

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

 Chara - Hamilton
Krug - McQuaid
Bartkowski - Boychuk

Tuukka Rask

Dennis Seidenberg (ACL/MCL)
Chris Kelly (fractured fibula)
Jordan Caron (back) 


Pavelski - Thornton - Burns
Nieto - Marleau - Wingels
Kearns - Desjardins - Kennedy
Hayes - McCarthy - Brown

Boyle - Vlasic
Braun - Stuart
Hannan - Demers 


Antti Niemi

Adam Burish (lower body)
Logan Couture (hand)
Martin Havlat (lower body)
Tomas Hertl (knee)
Matt Irwin (upper body)
Raffi Torres (knee) 


NEWS & NOTES

* The Bruins are 0-2 on their California road swing. The Kings and Ducks have outscored them 9-4.

* The Sharks have won six straight on home ice. They beat the visiting Red Wings by a score of 4-1 Thursday.

 

ON A ROLL

ICE COLD

FUN FACTS


Jarome Iginla (12 pts last 13 GP)

Carl Soderberg (7 pts last 7 GP)

Zdeno Chara (0 pts last 4 GP)

Milan Lucic (1 goal last 16 GP)

* Zdeno Chara has just two points in 16 career games against San Jose.


Joe Pavelski (3 pts last 2 GP)

Brent Burns (10 pts last 9 GP)

John McCarthy (0 pts last 4 GP)

Tyler Kennedy (0 pts last 5 GP)

* Despite having 50 points on the season, including a league-leading 45 assists, Joe Thornton was not selected for Team Canada.


WHAT TO WATCH FOR

* It's a night of returns for the Black and Gold. Shawn Thornton will be playing in his first game since Dec. 7, as the fourth-line winger has served his 15-game suspension for the Brooks Orpik incident. Loui Eriksson, who was concussed in that same game Dec. 7, will also be returning. Eriksson is expected to play on the third line with Ryan Spooner and Carl Soderberg, as Reilly Smith has cemented his place in Eriksson's old spot on the second line.

* Tuukka Rask is your projected starter and will look to end this trip on a high note. He has allowed eight goals in 82 minutes in his first two starts, as he was pulled early in the second in Los Angeles. 

* The Bruins are catching the Sharks at a good time, as many of San Jose's key cogs are sidelined. Logan Couture, their first-line center, and early Calder favorite Tomas Hertl are among those out of action. With all the injuries, Patrick Marleau has been forced to center the second line. Much like Boston's lineup in recent weeks, the Sharks are relying on a number of call-ups from their farm team in Worcester.

Twitter: @JesseNEHJ
Email: jconnolly@hockeyjournal.com