|1||FLORIDA||+245||Ov 5.5,+105||+230||Ov 5.5,+110|
|2||BOSTON||-290||Un 5.5,-125||-270||Un 5.5,-130|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||3-8-0||-4.3||3-8||-4.3||5-6||1.9||26.6||4.0||30.5|
|Last 5 Games||1-4-0||-3||1-4||-3||2-3||2.2||30.2||3.8||27.2|
|Team Stats (All Games)||27||66||22||22||21||1||3||805||8.2%||91||16||17.6%||99|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||11||21||8||7||5||1||1||293||7.2%||32||4||12.5%||29|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||11||2||4||5||0||0||151||7.3%||13||0||0.0%||14|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||101||37||34||24||6||3||820||12.3%||87||24||27.6%||168|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||44||16||15||12||1||0||335||13.1%||39||11||28.2%||76|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||19||10||4||4||1||0||136||14.0%||12||5||41.7%||36|
|SCOTT CLEMMENSEN (All Games)||11||6||244||208||85.2%||0||1-5||-4.1||1-5-0||-4||3-3|
|SCOTT CLEMMENSEN (Road Games)||6||3||149||129||86.6%||0||1-2||-0.8||1-2-0||-1||1-2|
|SCOTT CLEMMENSEN (Last 4 Games)||4||2||91||74||81.3%||0||0-2||-2.2||0-2-0||-2||1-1|
|JACOB MARKSTROM (All Games)||7||7||183||163||89.1%||0||1-6||-5||1-6-0||-5||2-4|
|JACOB MARKSTROM (Road Games)||2||2||42||37||88.1%||0||0-2||-2||0-2-0||-2||1-1|
|JACOB MARKSTROM (Last 4 Games)||4||4||81||68||84.0%||0||0-4||-4||0-4-0||-4||2-2|
|JOSE THEODORE (All Games)||15||14||391||349||89.3%||1||5-9||-3.4||5-9-0||-4||8-6|
|JOSE THEODORE (Road Games)||6||6||144||125||86.8%||1||2-4||-1.6||2-4-0||-2||3-3|
|JOSE THEODORE (Last 4 Games)||4||3||68||61||89.7%||0||1-2||-0.8||1-2-0||-1||2-1|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||8-3-0||+3||8-3||+3||5-6||3.0||32.5||2.3||26.4|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||+0.5||3-2||+0.5||2-2||3.0||27.4||2.2||28.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||24||72||23||24||21||4||8||755||9.5%||73||12||16.4%||118|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||11||33||8||12||10||3||3||358||9.2%||38||3||7.9%||54|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||15||10||3||1||1||2||137||10.9%||12||3||25.0%||24|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||53||16||19||15||3||2||663||8.0%||93||7||7.5%||85|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||25||7||9||8||1||2||290||8.6%||48||6||12.5%||38|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||11||2||3||5||1||0||142||7.7%||16||0||0.0%||19|
|ANTON KHUDOBIN (All Games)||6||6||167||152||91.0%||0||4-2||+1.6||4-2-0||+2||3-3|
|ANTON KHUDOBIN (Home Games)||2||2||49||45||91.8%||0||2-0||+2||2-0-0||+2||1-1|
|ANTON KHUDOBIN (Last 4 Games)||4||4||109||98||89.9%||0||2-2||-0.4||2-2-0||0||2-2|
|TUUKKA RASK (All Games)||18||18||495||459||92.7%||1||13-5||+5.6||13-5-0||+6||7-9|
|TUUKKA RASK (Home Games)||9||9||240||221||92.1%||1||6-3||+1||6-3-0||+1||4-5|
|TUUKKA RASK (Last 4 Games)||4||4||107||97||90.7%||1||2-2||-1.4||2-2-0||-2||2-1|
|TIM THOMAS (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|TIM THOMAS (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|Average power rating of opponents played: FLORIDA 3.16, BOSTON 3|
|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|
|2/24/2013||BOSTON||1-4||L||0, +145||L||5 ov||P|
|2/26/2013||PITTSBURGH||6-4||W||0, +135||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/28/2013||BUFFALO||3-4||L||0, -115||L||5.5 un||O|
|3/2/2013||at CAROLINA||2-6||L||0, +140||L||5.5 un||O|
|3/3/2013||CAROLINA||2-3||L||0, +125||L||5.5 ev||U|
|3/5/2013||WINNIPEG||4-1||W||0, +105||W||5.5 un||U|
|3/7/2013||at WASHINGTON||1-7||L||0, +140||L||5 ov||O|
|3/8/2013||WINNIPEG||2-3||L||0, +110||L||5.5 ev||U|
|3/10/2013||MONTREAL||2-5||L||0, +110||L||5.5 un||O|
|3/12/2013||TAMPA BAY||2-3||L||0, +115||L||6 un||U|
|3/14/2013||at BOSTON|| |
|3/16/2013||NY ISLANDERS|| |
|3/19/2013||at CAROLINA|| |
|3/21/2013||at NY RANGERS|| |
|3/23/2013||at NEW JERSEY|| |
|3/24/2013||at NY ISLANDERS|| |
|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||4-1||W||0, -165||W||5 ov||P|
|2/26/2013||at NY ISLANDERS||4-1||W||0, -155||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/28/2013||OTTAWA||2-1||W||0, -210||W||5 ov||U|
|3/2/2013||TAMPA BAY||3-2||W||0, -170||W||6 un||U|
|3/3/2013||MONTREAL||3-4||L||0, -185||L||5 ov||O|
|3/5/2013||at WASHINGTON||3-4||L||0, -150||L||5.5 un||O|
|3/7/2013||TORONTO||4-2||W||0, -205||W||5.5 un||O|
|3/9/2013||PHILADELPHIA||3-0||W||0, -165||W||5.5 un||U|
|3/11/2013||at OTTAWA||3-2||W||0, -170||W||5 ov||P|
|3/12/2013||at PITTSBURGH||2-3||L||0, +110||L||5.5 ov||U|
|3/17/2013||at PITTSBURGH|| |
|3/19/2013||at WINNIPEG|| |
|3/21/2013||at OTTAWA|| |
|3/23/2013||at TORONTO|| |
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.
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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (FLORIDA-BOSTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Panthers-Bruins Preview* =========================
By JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
Florida (7-14-6) at Boston (17-4-3), 7:00 p.m. EDT
The Boston Bruins have clearly played like one of the Eastern Conference's top teams, which is perhaps why their last result was so disappointing.
A matchup at home Thursday night against the struggling Florida Panthers should provide Boston with a good opportunity to bounce back.
The Bruins (17-4-3) won three in a row and nine of 11 prior to a 3-2 loss at Pittsburgh on Tuesday. With a 2-0 advantage going into the third period, they appeared set for a victory over another one of the league's elite teams, but threw it away with a series of defensive breakdowns.
Boston had been 8-2-1 when entering the final period with a lead.
"You hope that you can with a 2-0 lead going into the third, you hope you can get the job done," left wing Milan Lucic said. "We need to learn from this, giving up leads going into the third if we want to be an elite team."
It was the second leg of only the third back-to-back games of the season for the Bruins, but players dismissed that as an excuse - especially considering they still have three back-to-back sets remaining. The next is this weekend with a home game against Washington before they get another crack at Pittsburgh on Sunday.
"It's nothing that you can control, that's your schedule," center Patrice Bergeron, who recorded his team-leading 16th assist Tuesday, told the team's official website. "I hope it's not an excuse, because we're going to go through that a lot more the rest of the year."
Before the back-to-back set over the weekend, the Bruins will face a Florida team that has the fewest points in the NHL and has dropped seven of nine in the series.
The Panthers (7-14-7) are trying to end a four-game skid and have also lost seven of eight. Florida has been plagued by numerous issues, but poor goaltending has been the most significant. No team has given up more goals (101) and the Panthers have yielded at least three scores in 10 of their last 11 contests.
That weakness was magnified in a 3-2 home loss to Tampa Bay on Tuesday, which came despite outshooting the Lightning 39-13, tied for the fifth-highest shot differential in franchise history.
"That's the nature of the game sometimes," said right wing Jack Skille, who has one point in each of his last four games. "You've got to battle through it. We've got to grind it out."
With Jose Theodore, the team's most veteran option in net, sidelined for three to five more weeks with a leg injury, the situation doesn't appear to have much promise moving forward. Jacob Markstrom has gotten the last five starts and struggled with a 3.41 goals-against average, and he's surrendered a goal in the game's first 2:35 in four straight.
Scott Clemmensen hasn't looked much better with a 4.28 GAA over 11 games - six starts - this season.
Goaltending hasn't been an issue for the Bruins, with Tuukka Rask's .927 save percentage ranking among the league leaders. Though he hasn't been announced as the starter for Thursday, Rask is 5-1-0 with a 0.98 GAA and two shutouts in six career starts against the Panthers. He turned aside 34 shots in a 4-1 win in Florida on Feb. 24.
The Panthers have been anemic on the power play, going 0 for 14 over the last seven games. Breaking the slump could be difficult against the Bruins, who lead the NHL with a 92.6 penalty-kill percentage.
|Last Updated: 12/17/2014 5:28:27 PM EST|