|1||BOSTON||-150||Ov 5.5,+110||-170||Ov 5.5,+125|
|2||FLORIDA||+130||Un 5.5,-130||+150||Un 5.5,-145|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||6-2-0||+3.6||6-2||+3.6||4-4||2.9||30.9||2.1||26.1|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||+0.3||3-2||+0.3||3-2||3.0||32.6||2.6||26.2|
|Team Stats (All Games)||14||41||9||13||17||2||4||445||9.2%||46||6||13.0%||66|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||8||23||6||8||9||0||2||247||9.3%||23||6||26.1%||39|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||15||3||5||7||0||1||163||9.2%||12||3||25.0%||27|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||33||8||15||8||2||2||370||8.9%||54||3||5.6%||50|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||17||5||8||3||1||0||209||8.1%||30||1||3.3%||28|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||13||3||5||4||1||1||131||9.9%||15||0||0.0%||19|
|ANTON KHUDOBIN (All Games)||3||3||84||76||90.5%||0||2-1||+0.6||2-1-0||+1||2-1|
|ANTON KHUDOBIN (Road Games)||3||3||84||76||90.5%||0||2-1||+0.6||2-1-0||+1||2-1|
|ANTON KHUDOBIN (Last 4 Games)||3||3||84||76||90.5%||0||2-1||+0.6||2-1-0||+1||2-1|
|TUUKKA RASK (All Games)||11||11||285||262||91.9%||0||8-3||+3.9||8-3-0||+4||5-6|
|TUUKKA RASK (Road Games)||5||5||125||116||92.8%||0||4-1||+3||4-1-0||+3||2-3|
|TUUKKA RASK (Last 4 Games)||4||4||100||92||92.0%||0||3-1||+1.6||3-1-0||+2||2-2|
|TIM THOMAS (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|TIM THOMAS (Road Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||2-6-0||-4.4||2-6||-4.4||5-3||2.9||30.1||3.7||32.5|
|Last 5 Games||1-4-0||-3||1-4||-3||2-3||2.2||28.4||3.0||35.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||17||41||15||13||12||1||2||480||8.5%||64||11||17.2%||60|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||8||23||8||7||8||0||1||241||9.5%||34||7||20.6%||36|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||11||4||4||3||0||0||142||7.7%||13||1||7.7%||17|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||61||17||22||18||4||1||535||11.4%||63||16||25.4%||103|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||30||8||10||9||3||1||260||11.5%||31||7||22.6%||50|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||15||3||4||6||2||0||175||8.6%||15||3||20.0%||26|
|SCOTT CLEMMENSEN (All Games)||6||4||138||119||86.2%||0||1-3||-2||1-3-0||-2||2-2|
|SCOTT CLEMMENSEN (Home Games)||2||1||46||36||78.3%||0||0-1||-1.2||0-1-0||-1||1-0|
|SCOTT CLEMMENSEN (Last 4 Games)||4||3||88||77||87.5%||0||1-2||-1||1-2-0||-1||2-1|
|JACOB MARKSTROM (All Games)||1||1||40||37||92.5%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||0-1|
|JACOB MARKSTROM (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JACOB MARKSTROM (Last 4 Games)||1||1||40||37||92.5%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||0-1|
|JOSE THEODORE (All Games)||12||12||356||318||89.3%||1||4-8||-3.8||4-8-0||-4||6-6|
|JOSE THEODORE (Home Games)||7||7||213||194||91.1%||0||2-5||-3.2||2-5-0||-3||4-3|
|JOSE THEODORE (Last 4 Games)||4||4||122||107||87.7%||0||0-4||-4.2||0-4-0||-4||1-3|
|Average power rating of opponents played: BOSTON 2.84, FLORIDA 3.08|
|1/28/2013||at CAROLINA||5-3||W||0, -110||W||5.5 ev||O|
|1/29/2013||NEW JERSEY||2-1||W||0, -170||W||5 ov||U|
|1/31/2013||BUFFALO||4-7||L||0, -175||L||5.5 un||O|
|2/2/2013||at TORONTO||1-0||W||0, -145||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/6/2013||at MONTREAL||2-1||W||0, -110||W||5 ov||U|
|2/10/2013||at BUFFALO||3-1||W||0, -145||W||5.5 ev||U|
|2/12/2013||NY RANGERS||3-4||L||0, -135||L||5 un||O|
|2/15/2013||at BUFFALO||2-4||L||0, -135||L||5.5 un||O|
|2/17/2013||at WINNIPEG||3-2||W||0, -150||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/21/2013||at TAMPA BAY||4-2||W||0, -125||W||5.5 ov||O|
|2/24/2013||at FLORIDA|| |
|2/26/2013||at NY ISLANDERS|| |
|3/2/2013||TAMPA BAY|| |
|3/5/2013||at WASHINGTON|| |
|1/29/2013||at TAMPA BAY||2-5||L||0, +150||L||5.5 ov||O|
|1/31/2013||WINNIPEG||6-3||W||0, -110||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/3/2013||at BUFFALO||4-3||W||0, +120||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/5/2013||at WINNIPEG||2-3||L||0, +115||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/7/2013||at PHILADELPHIA||3-2||W||0, +125||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/9/2013||at WASHINGTON||0-5||L||0, +110||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/12/2013||WASHINGTON||5-6||L||0, -120||L||5.5 un||O|
|2/14/2013||MONTREAL||0-1||L||0, +105||L||5 ov||U|
|2/16/2013||TAMPA BAY||5-6||L||0, +105||L||5.5 ev||O|
|2/18/2013||TORONTO||0-3||L||0, -120||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/21/2013||at PHILADELPHIA||5-2||W||0, +125||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/22/2013||at PITTSBURGH||1-3||L||0, +210||L||5.5 ov||U|
|3/2/2013||at CAROLINA|| |
|3/7/2013||at WASHINGTON|| |
LAST SEASON: 49-29-4, 102 points. Lost to Washington 4-3 in first round.
COACH: Claude Julien, 6th season with Bruins, 228-132-50; 10th overall, 347-218-10-73 in NHL.
ADDED: D Dougie Hamilton (rookie). F Chris Bourque.
LOST: G Tim Thomas (suspended). F Marc Savard (concussions).
PLAYER TO WATCH: G Tuukka Rask. With Thomas, the two-time Vezina Trophy winner, opting to take a year off, the Bruins will rely on former backup Rask as the primary goaltender. He won the job from Thomas in 2009-10, posting a 1.97 GAA. Anton Khudobin will be the backup.
OUTLOOK: The Bruins are essentially the same team that won the Stanley Cup two years ago - with the important exception of Thomas. The enigmatic Conn Smythe Trophy winner from the title run surprised the team by deciding to take a year off to rest. He will be placed on the suspended list.
LAST SEASON: 38-26-18, 94 points. Lost to New Jersey 4-3 in first round.
COACH: Kevin Dineen, 2nd season with Panthers, 38-26-18; 2nd overall in NHL.
ADDED: D Filip Kuba, C Peter Mueller, RW George Parros, RW Alex Kovalev.
LOST: D Jason Garrison, LW Wojtek Wolski, C John Madden.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Kovalev. He's still strong and talented, and could be the perfect fit for a second line that sometimes struggled with scoring a year ago. Plus, considering how much Florida struggles with shootouts, someone like Kovalev could pay immediate dividends.
OUTLOOK: Most of the team that won the Southeast Division title last season is back. The Panthers might have one of the best 1-2 goaltending combos in the league with Jose Theodore and Scott Clemmensen. If health isn't an issue, the Panthers could go deeper in the playoffs this time around.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (BOSTON-FLORIDA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Bruins-Panthers Preview* =========================
Boston (10-2-2) at Florida (5-8-4), 3:00 p.m. EDT
The Florida Panthers have come up empty on the power play during a four-game home losing streak, and that's bad news as they get ready to host the Boston Bruins and their league-best penalty kill.
The Bruins are seeking a third straight victory and could enjoy a huge goaltending advantage in Sunday's matchup with the Panthers.
Florida (5-8-4) is trying to avoid its first five-game home slide since an 0-4-1 stretch Feb. 16-March 6, 2011. The Panthers are 0-1-3 in this skid, going 0 for 13 with the man advantage.
Boston (10-2-2) is at 94.4 percent on the penalty kill. The Bruins have killed off all 15 chances over their last five games, with Tampa Bay coming up empty on three opportunities in Boston's 4-2 road victory Thursday.
"We have (played well) all year on the penalty kill," right wing Nathan Horton said. "Players go out there and they really get the job done, they really help us and they give us momentum."
Tuukka Rask made 24 saves and improved to 4-0-0 with a 1.25 goals-against average in his last four road starts. He is 4-1-0 in five starts against the Panthers with a 0.97 GAA - his lowest against any Eastern Conference foe.
The struggling Panthers goaltenders have posted a 3.54 GAA for one of the league's worst marks.
Jacob Markstrom stopped 37 of 40 shots in his first start of the season Friday in a 3-1 loss at Pittsburgh. The 23-year-old Markstrom was called up from the minors Wednesday.
"The second period we lost our legs and he made a big difference," coach Kevin Dineen said. "We had guys caught on a long change and he did a good job of coming up big when we needed him. That was a good showing by Jacob."
Scott Clemmensen had 32 saves for his first win in Florida's previous game, a 5-2 victory at Philadelphia on Thursday. Jose Theodore is 0-2-2 with a 3.87 GAA in his last four starts, although he's 10-1-1 with a 1.94 GAA in his past 12 appearances against the Bruins.
Horton had his first two-goal game Thursday. The former Panthers winger has never scored in seven games against his original NHL team, with no points in three games as a visitor at the BB&T Center even though the Bruins have won all of them.
Boston coach Claude Julien has been looking for others to step up and support Brad Marchand, who has a team-high nine goals. Julien feels Horton, who has been plagued by concussions, is poised to do so.
"He's one of the elite right wingers in the league when he's on top of his game," said Julien about Horton. "He's got so much potential, and we know that."
The Bruins will once again get their first look at one of the league's top rookies after Cory Conacher scored against them Thursday. Panthers center Jonathan Huberdeau ranks second to Conacher among first-year players with 13 points.
These teams split four meetings last season, with Boston winning once in a shootout. Marchand and Patrice Bergeron each had five points to lead the Bruins while Brian Campbell topped the Panthers with four.
|Last Updated: 12/18/2014 5:42:23 PM EST|