November 30, 2013

Tale of the Tape: Bruins vs. Blue Jackets

By Jesse Connolly

TEAM STATS

RECORD

STANDINGS

GOALS FOR

GOALS AGAINST

POWER PLAY

PENALTY KILL

 

17-7-2 (36 pts) 1st in Atlantic
1st in East
2.73 (12th) 2.00 (2nd) 17.9% (17th) 86.2% (4th)
 
10-13-3 (23 pts) 7th in Metro
13th in East
2.50 (21st) 2.92 (23rd) 19.8% (12th) 78.8% (22nd)

TEAM LEADERS

GOALS

ASSISTS

POINTS

+/-

PIM

WINS

GAA

SV%

 

Milan Lucic (9) David Krejci (14) David Krejci (19) Jarome Iginla (+10)
Adam McQuaid (39) Tuukka Rask (14) Tuukka Rask (1.90) Tuukka Rask (.935)
   
Ryan Johansen (9) James Wisniewski (16) Johansen, Wisniewski (18)
David Savard (+4) Brandon Dubinsky (40) Sergei Bobrovsky (9)
Curtis McElhinney (1)
Curtis McElhinney (.923)


SEASON SERIES

Oct. 12, 2013: Boston 3 @ Columbus 1 

Nov. 14, 2013: Columbus 2 @ Boston 3 (OT)

Nov. 30, 2013: Columbus @ Boston 

 

PROJECTED LINEUP

IN NET

INJURIES

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

Chara - Boychuk
Seidenberg - Hamilton
Krug - McQuaid

Chad Johnson

 


Jenner - Johansen - Foligno
Calvert - Anisimov - Atkinson
Umberger - Letestu - Comeau
Tropp - Chaput - Skille

Johnson - Tyutin
Wisniewski - Murray
Nikitin - Prout 


Curtis McElhinney

Jared Boll (foot)

Brandon Dubinsky (foot)

Marian Gaborik (knee)

Nathan Horton (shoulder)

Derek MacKenzie (back)


NEWS & NOTES

* The Bruins rebounded from a 6-1 drubbing in Detroit in fine fashion, overcoming a 2-1 deficit to defeat the Rangers by a score of 3-2 in a Black Friday matinee at TD Garden. Zdeno Chara had a goal, an assist and a win in a fight with Bay State native Brian Boyle.

* The Jackets have alternated wins and losses for seven games now. They're coming off a 4-2 victory at home over the Oilers on Friday night. Center Ryan Johansen had a goal and an assist for Columbus.

 

ON A ROLL

ICE COLD

FUN FACTS


Loui Eriksson (4 pts last 3 GP)

Zdeno Chara (4 pts last 4 GP)

Jarome Iginla (5 pts last 15 GP)

Dougie Hamilton (0 pts last 11 GP)

* Dennis Seidenberg and R.J. Umberger won the Calder Cup together in 2005 as members of the Philadelphia Phantoms.

* Brad Marchand has just one point in five career games against Columbus.


Nick Foligno (3 pts last 3 GP)

Matt Calvert (4 pts last 4 GP)

Blake Comeau (0 pts last 6 GP)

Jack Johnson (0 pts last 11 GP)

* Nick Foligno and Adam McQuaid were teammates for three seasons for the OHL's Sudbury Wolves (2004-07).

* Jack Johnson has just one point and is minus-10 in eight games against Boston in his career.


WHAT TO WATCH FOR

* As we seem to write often in this space when Chad Johnson gets the nod, tonight's tilt will be a battle of the backups. Johnson's 1-0 on the year against Columbus already, having backstopped the B's to an overtime victory over the Blue Jackets at the Garden earlier this month. Curtis McElhinney, who was the best goalie in the AHL last season for Springfield, has pretty solid numbers (2.32, .923) in six appearances this season. He's 0-1 lifetime against Boston. McElhinney will be making his first road start in this one, where he owns an .857 save percentage in 68 minutes worth of relief time in 2013-14.

* Neither team can use playing yesterday as a crutch, as both the Jackets and Bruins are coming off victories on Friday. Boston, however, does have an edge, given the fact they didn't have to travel. That's not good news for a Columbus team that tends to wear down as the game goes along. The Jackets have allowed 26 third-period goals on the year -- seventh most in the NHL. Conversely, the B's have allowed the third lowest total of tallies in the final frame (17).

* Above all else, the most glaring hindrance for the Jackets is the fact that they're missing the top three players on their payroll: Nathan Horton, Marian Gaborik and Brandon Dubinsky. Columbus has a solid collection of second and third-liners, but -- until their youngsters continue to develop -- no true game-breakers in the lineup right now. 

Twitter: @JesseNEHJ
Email: jconnolly@hockeyjournal.com