December 14, 2013

Tale of the Tape: Bruins vs. Canucks

By Jesse Connolly

TEAM STATS

RECORD

STANDINGS

GOALS FOR

GOALS AGAINST

POWER PLAY

PENALTY KILL

 

22-8-2 (46 pts) 1st in Atlantic
1st in East
2.78 (11th) 1.94 (2nd) 18.6% (13th) 86.3% (4th)
 
19-10-5 (43 pts) 4th in Pacific
6th in West
2.68 (13th) 2.29 (6th) 15.4% (23rd) 89.9% (1st)

TEAM LEADERS

GOALS

ASSISTS

POINTS

+/-

PIM

WINS

GAA

SV%

 

Milan Lucic (11) David Krejci (21) David Krejci (27) Jaorme Iginla (+15)
Shawn Thornton (41) Tuukka Rask (16) Tuukka Rask (1.87) Tuukka Rask (.935)
   
Ryan Kesler (15) Henrik Sedin (21) D. Sedin, H. Sedin (29) Bieksa, Santorelli (+11) Tom Sestito (77) Roberto Luongo (15) Eddie Lack (2.08) Eddie Lack (.925)


SEASON SERIES

Dec. 14, 2013: Boston @ Vancouver

Feb. 4, 2014: Vancouver @ Boston

 

PROJECTED LINEUP

IN NET

INJURIES

Lucic - Krejci - Iginla
Marchand - Bergeron - Smith
Soderberg - Spooner - Fraser
Johnson - Campbell - Caron 

Chara - Boychuk
Krug - Seidenberg
Bartkowski - Miller

Tuukka Rask

Loui Eriksson (concussion)
Daniel Paille (upper body)
Adam McQuaid (lower body)
Shawn Thornton (suspension)
Chris Kelly (fractured fibula)
Dougie Hamilton (lower body) 


D. Sedin - H. Sedin - Hansen
Higgins - Kesler - Santorelli
Booth - Richardson - Kassian
Sestito - Dalpe - Weise

Hamhuis - Tanev 
Stanton - Bieksa
Alberts - Garrison 


Roberto Luongo

Alex Burrows (jaw)
Alex Edler (lower body)
Jordan Schroeder (ankle) 


NEWS & NOTES

* The Bruins are looking to complete their current road trip with a perfect 4-0-0 record. They dispatched the Oilers, 4-2, on Thursday night.

* Winger Reilly Smith was given morning skate off, as he remained at the team hotel to rest up with those darn flu symptoms everyone on this team's been plagued by of late. He will be in the lineup.

* Since losing to his old club, the Rangers, John Tortorella (Melrose, Mass.) has seen his Canucks reel off six-straight wins. Vancouver blanked the Oilers, 4-0, on Friday. During their winning streak, they've outscored the opposition 18-6.

 

ON A ROLL

ICE COLD

FUN FACTS


Reilly Smith (4 pts last 3 GP)

David Krejci (6 pts last 4 GP)

Jordan Caron (0 pts last 12 GP)

Matt Bartkowski (0 pts last 5 GP)

* Jordan Caron and Matt Bartkowski were among the B's Red Aces when Boston captured the Cup in Vancouver on June 15, 2011, but neither Bruin has ever actually faced the Canucks.


Chris Higgins (5 pts last 3 GP)

Jason Garrison (9 pts last 6 GP)

Jannik Hansen (1 pt last 4 GP)

David Booth (1 pt last 6 GP)

* Chris Higgins is on pace for his first 20-goal season since his days in Montreal. He had a career-high 27 for the Canadiens in 2007-08.


WHAT TO WATCH FOR

* The top storyline for tonight's tilt, of course, is that this is the Bruins' first game in Vancouver since their aforementioned Game 7 win in the Stanley Cup Final two and a half years ago. You obviously didn't need me to remind you of this. Both teams have undergone their share of changes in the time that's passed, especially Boston, who's without Cup heroes Nathan Horton and Tim Thomas. They've only squared off once in the interim: a 4-3 win for the Canucks at TD Garden on Jan. 7, 2012.

* Jason Garrison, as you'll see above, has been heating up. What does that mean for the Canucks? A much more potent power play. The B's penalty kill has somehow been spectacular sans a few injured regulars (Loui Eriksson, Dan Paille, Chris Kelly). Just as they were in Edmonton, they'll have quite the challenge on their hands in this one, despite the fact that the Canucks rank just 23rd on the man advantage on the year as a whole.

* The first line has been carrying Boston throughout this road trip. Can they keep it up? Vancouver's got the top-ranked PK in the NHL, but we all know Milan Lucic, David Krejci and Jarome Iginla do most of their damage at even strength.

Twitter: @JesseNEHJ
Email: jconnolly@hockeyjournal.com