January 19, 2014

Tale of the Tape: Bruins vs. Blackhawks

By Jesse Connolly

TEAM STATS

RECORD

STANDINGS

GOALS FOR

GOALS AGAINST

POWER PLAY

PENALTY KILL

 

30-15-2 (60 pts) 1st in Atlantic
2nd in East
2.87(7th) 2.17 (2nd) 19.4% (11th) 82.8% (12th)
 
31-8-11 (49 pts) 1st in Central
2nd in West
3.54 (1st) 2.62 (15th) 22.7% (4th) 76.7% (29th)

TEAM LEADERS

GOALS

ASSISTS

POINTS

+/-

PIM

WINS

GAA

SV%

 

Reilly Smith (15) David Krejci (28) David Krejci (38) Bergeron, Boychuk (+19)
Adam McQuaid (69) Tuukka Rask (22) Tuukka Rask (2.11) Tuukka Rask (.928)
    
Patrick Sharp (25) Duncan Keith (41) Patrick Kane (56)
Marian Hossa (+25) Brandon Bollig (65) Corey Crawford (18) Antti Raanta (2.25) Antti Raanta (.911)


SEASON SERIES

Jan. 19, 2014: Boston @ Chicago

Mar. 27, 2014: Chicago @ Boston

 

PROJECTED LINEUP

IN NET

INJURIES

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

 Chara - Boychuk
Krug - McQuaid
Bartkowski - Miller

Tuukka Rask

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


Sharp - Toews - Hossa
Saad - Shaw - Kane
Bickell - Handzus - Versteeg
Bollig - Kruger - Smith

Keith - Seabrook
Hjalmarsson - Oduya
Leddy - Rozsival 


Corey Crawford

Nikolai Khabibulin (lower body)


NEWS & NOTES

* Boston rebounded from a discouraging loss at home to the Leafs by doubling up the Stars, 4-2, on Thursday. David Krejci and Milan Lucic led the way with a goal and an assist apiece. The B's have now won two straight on the road, but they're just 3-5-0 in their last eight games outside TD Garden.

* The Blackhawks had lost four of five games before beating the NHL's top team right now, the Anaheim Ducks, on Friday in Chicago. The 'Hawks are 17-3-7 on home ice, but just 2-1-2 in their last five games at United Center.

 

ON A ROLL

ICE COLD

FUN FACTS


Brad Marchand (3 pts last 2 GP)

Reilly Smith (2 pts last 2 GP)

Torey Krug (1 pt last 5 GP)

Zdeno Chara (1 pt last 7 GP)

* Gregory Campbell will get his first crack at the Blackhawks since Oct. 15, 2011. The B's center missed all of the Stanley Cup Final with a broken leg. Campbell fought now-retired forward Jamal Mayers the last time he was at United Center.


Marian Hossa (5 pts last 3 GP)

Brandon Saad (3 pts last 3 GP)

Kris Versteeg (1 pt last 7 GP)

Nick Leddy (0 pts last 7 GP)

* Duncan Keith's 41 assists place him third in the entire NHL in that category. He's second among all blueliners with 44 points, trailing only Erik Karlsson (46).


WHAT TO WATCH FOR

* No one needs to remind you that these two teams met on the game's biggest stage in June, with Chicago claiming the Cup thanks to a shocking, 3-2 win in Game 6 at TD Garden. A return to United Center -- where Boston dropped two of their three road games in the series -- surely stings for a Bruins club that should have some extra motivation this afternoon.

* A success rate under 80 percent on the penalty kill isn't quite what you'd expect for a defending Cup champ and current division leader, but such is the case for the 'Hawks. It's hard to say that Boston's ability to take advantage of this is pivotal, given that the B's have scored one power-play goal in the calendar year, but if you're looking for a weakness, there you have it.

Twitter: @JesseNEHJ
Email: jconnolly@hockeyjournal.com