|51||BOSTON||+120||Ov 5.5,-120||+120||Ov 5.5,-115|
|52||PITTSBURGH||-140||Un 5.5,+100||-140||Un 5.5,-105|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||9-4-0||+4.2||9-4||+4.2||5-6||3.0||30.5||2.2||28.7|
|Last 5 Games||4-1-0||+3||4-1||+3||0-4||3.2||29.8||1.4||30.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||26||80||27||25||24||4||9||825||9.7%||76||13||17.1%||133|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||13||39||15||12||11||1||5||397||9.8%||35||9||25.7%||64|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||16||10||2||3||1||2||149||10.7%||10||3||30.0%||28|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||55||16||21||15||3||2||726||7.6%||98||7||7.1%||85|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||28||9||10||7||2||0||373||7.5%||45||1||2.2%||47|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||7||2||2||3||0||0||152||4.6%||14||0||0.0%||7|
|ANTON KHUDOBIN (All Games)||7||7||200||184||92.0%||0||5-2||+2.6||5-2-0||+3||3-4|
|ANTON KHUDOBIN (Road Games)||4||4||118||107||90.7%||0||2-2||-0.4||2-2-0||0||2-2|
|ANTON KHUDOBIN (Last 4 Games)||4||4||116||108||93.1%||0||3-1||+2||3-1-0||+2||1-3|
|TUUKKA RASK (All Games)||19||19||525||488||93.0%||1||14-5||+6.6||14-5-0||+7||7-10|
|TUUKKA RASK (Road Games)||9||9||255||238||93.3%||0||7-2||+4.5||7-2-0||+5||3-4|
|TUUKKA RASK (Last 4 Games)||4||4||111||104||93.7%||1||3-1||+1.5||3-1-0||+1||1-2|
|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)||9-4-0||+1.5||9-4||+1.5||8-5||3.6||30.4||2.5||24.4|
|Last 5 Games||5-0-0||+5||5-0||+5||2-3||4.0||31.6||1.6||23.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||29||106||34||29||40||3||9||887||12.0%||110||27||24.5%||173|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||13||47||12||13||22||0||2||395||11.9%||50||13||26.0%||79|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||20||7||3||9||1||2||158||12.7%||18||3||16.7%||33|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||79||18||38||23||0||2||806||9.8%||106||22||20.8%||141|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||33||7||18||8||0||0||317||10.4%||37||8||21.6%||56|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||8||3||4||1||0||0||118||6.8%||13||3||23.1%||16|
|MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (All Games)||21||20||526||478||90.9%||1||16-4||+9.6||16-4-0||+10||10-10|
|MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (Home Games)||10||10||231||208||90.0%||1||8-2||+4||8-2-0||+4||6-4|
|MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (Last 4 Games)||4||4||94||87||92.6%||1||4-0||+4||4-0-0||+4||1-3|
|BRAD THIESSEN (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|BRAD THIESSEN (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|TOMAS VOKOUN (All Games)||11||9||278||249||89.6%||0||5-4||-1.5||5-4-0||-2||7-2|
|TOMAS VOKOUN (Home Games)||4||3||86||76||88.4%||0||1-2||-2.5||1-2-0||-3||2-1|
|TOMAS VOKOUN (Last 4 Games)||4||3||99||88||88.9%||0||2-1||+0.4||2-1-0||0||3-0|
|Average power rating of opponents played: BOSTON 2.92, PITTSBURGH 2.85|
|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|
|3/14/2013||FLORIDA||4-1||W||0, -270||W||5.5 un||U|
|3/16/2013||WASHINGTON||4-1||W||0, -230||W||5.5 un||U|
|3/17/2013||at PITTSBURGH|| |
|3/19/2013||at WINNIPEG|| |
|3/21/2013||at OTTAWA|| |
|3/23/2013||at TORONTO|| |
|2/20/2013||PHILADELPHIA||5-6||L||0, -185||L||5.5 ov||O|
|2/22/2013||FLORIDA||3-1||W||0, -250||W||5.5 ov||U|
|2/24/2013||TAMPA BAY||5-3||W||0, -175||W||6 ov||O|
|2/26/2013||at FLORIDA||4-6||L||0, -155||L||5.5 un||O|
|2/28/2013||at CAROLINA||1-4||L||0, -140||L||5.5 ov||U|
|3/2/2013||at MONTREAL||7-6||W||0, +100||W||5 ov||O|
|3/4/2013||TAMPA BAY||4-3||W||0, -170||W||6 ov||O|
|3/7/2013||at PHILADELPHIA||5-4||W||0, -135||W||6.5 un||O|
|3/9/2013||at TORONTO||5-4||W||0, -140||W||6 un||O|
|3/10/2013||NY ISLANDERS||6-1||W||0, -170||W||6 un||O|
|3/12/2013||BOSTON||3-2||W||0, -130||W||5.5 ov||U|
|3/14/2013||at TORONTO||3-1||W||0, -140||W||6 ov||U|
|3/16/2013||NY RANGERS||3-0||W||0, -165||W||5.5 un||U|
|3/22/2013||at NY ISLANDERS|| |
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: 51-25-6, 108 points. Lost to Philadelphia 4-2 in first round.
COACH: Dan Bylsma, 5th season with Penguins, 165-81-25.
ADDED: C Brandon Sutter, G Tomas Vokoun, LW Tanner Glass.
LOST: C Jordan Staal, RW Steve Sullivan, G Brent Johnson, RW Arron Asham, D Zbynek Michalek.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Sidney Crosby. The 25-year-old superstar appears to be fully recovered from concussion-like symptoms that limited him to just 22 games last season. He should be back in his comfort zone with linemates Pascal Dupuis and Chris Kunitz along for the ride. If healthy, he's the game's greatest playmaker.
OUTLOOK: With Crosby and reigning league MVP Evgeni Malkin in their primes, anything less than a Stanley Cup will be considered a disappointment.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (BOSTON-PITTSBURGH) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Bruins-Penguins Preview* =========================
By MIKE LIPKA STATS Editor
Boston (18-4-3) at Pittsburgh (20-8-0), 12:30 p.m. EDT
The Boston Bruins squandered a golden opportunity to cool off the streaking Pittsburgh Penguins earlier this week, but they won't have to wait long for another chance.
The Eastern Conference lead will be on the line Sunday in another black and gold battle in Pittsburgh, where the hometown team will be trying for a ninth consecutive victory.
The Bruins led 2-0 with seven minutes to play Tuesday at Consol Energy Center, but a goal by Chris Kunitz and two from Brandon Sutter suddenly swung the game in the Penguins' favor before the end of regulation.
"They were true to form," Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma said of the Bruins. "They're a tough team to and they play well defensively. Their penalty kill was good against our power play. But I like the fact that our team kept playing and kept playing."
This matchup between East heavyweights features Pittsburgh's prolific offense - averaging 3.7 goals to lead the league - against Boston's stingy system, which is yielding 2.1 goals per game to rank among the NHL's best.
Lately, the Penguins (21-8-0) have found enough goals in the series. They've tallied 15 while winning four in a row against the Bruins, even with Sidney Crosby missing two of those games and going without a point Tuesday.
Crosby was also held off the scoresheet Saturday, but it didn't matter as Pittsburgh beat the New York Rangers 3-0. Tyler Kennedy had a goal and an assist and Marc-Andre Fleury turned aside 23 shots for his franchise-record 23rd career shutout and first this season.
The Penguins have totaled 36 goals while going 8-0-0 in March, even with reigning league MVP Evgeni Malkin - still out indefinitely - missing five of those games with injuries. They've been especially good late in games, outscoring their last four opponents 9-0 in the third period.
"We want to play a full 60 minutes," forward Pascal Dupuis said. "We invest early in games by putting pucks behind their defensemen, by hitting their defensemen, by playing in the offensive zone. It looks like lately it's tiring teams down."
The Bruins (19-4-3) played a complete game Saturday, avenging another recent meltdown with a 4-1 win over Washington. The Capitals had erased a three-goal deficit to beat Boston 4-3 in overtime March 5.
Boston never looked back Saturday after Nathan Horton and David Krejci scored in the first period, both off passes from Milan Lucic.
"They showed exactly what we need to see from them on a more consistent basis," coach Claude Julien told the Bruins' official website about the Horton-Krejci-Lucic line. "They were skating the north-south type game, they were forechecking, being physical.
"You want to keep that line going the way they have been tonight because they're a big asset to our hockey club."
Matinee games were a liability for the Bruins last season, when they went 6-7-2 in the afternoon, but they're 5-0-0 in such games in 2013.
Their loss in Pittsburgh was only their second in regulation on the road this season. Boston's league-best penalty kill has gone 46 for 47 away from home, including 4 for 4 against the Penguins.
Tuukka Rask figures to get his first start in this series since 2011 after Anton Khudobin - who took the loss Tuesday - was in net again for the Bruins on Saturday.
Fleury may get his second start in 24 hours, especially considering he's 7-2-0 with a 1.78 goals-against average in his last nine versus Boston.
|Last Updated: 12/22/2014 5:55:23 AM EST|