January 7, 2014

Tale of the Tape: Bruins vs. Ducks

By Jesse Connolly

TEAM STATS

RECORD

STANDINGS

GOALS FOR

GOALS AGAINST

POWER PLAY

PENALTY KILL

 

28-12-2 (58 pts) 1st in Atlantic
2nd in East
2.93 (6th) 2.07 (2nd) 21.2% (6th) 85.3% (5th)
 
31-8-5 (67 pts) 1st in Pacific
1st in West
3.27 (3rd) 2.43 (9th) 14.5% (24th) 80.0% (21st)

TEAM LEADERS

GOALS

ASSISTS

POINTS

+/-

PIM

WINS

GAA

SV%

 

Reilly Smith (15) David Krejci (27) David Krejci (36) Jarome Iginla (+18)
Milan Lucic (53) Tuukka Rask (21) Tuukka Rask (1.96) Tuukka Rask (.934)
   
Corey Perry (23) Ryan Getzlaf (28) Ryan Getzlaf (48)
Hampus Lindholm (+22) Corey Perry (40) Jonas Hiller (20) Frederik Andersen (1.98) Frederik Andersen (.927)


SEASON SERIES

Oct. 31, 2013: Anaheim 2 @ Boston 3 (SO)

Jan. 2, 2014: Boston @ Anaheim

 

PROJECTED LINEUP

IN NET

INJURIES

Lucic - Krejci - Iginla
Marchand - Bergeron - Smith
Soderberg - Spooner - Fraser
Paille - Campbell - Florek

 Chara - Hamilton
Krug - McQuaid
Bartkowski - Boychuk

Tuukka Rask


Loui Eriksson (concussion)
Dennis Seidenberg (ACL/MCL)
Shawn Thornton (suspension)
Chris Kelly (fractured fibula)
Jordan Caron (back) 


Penner - Getzlaf - Perry
Beleskey - Perreault - Selanne
Silfverberg - Koivu - Cogliano
Maroon - Bonino - Winnik

Beauchemin - Lindholm
Fowler - Lovejoy
Vatanen - Fistric 


Jonas Hiller

Viktor Fasth (lower body)
Luca Sbisa (hand)
Sheldon Souray (wrist) 


NEWS & NOTES

* The Bruins will make three stops in California, starting tonight in the first game of their three-game road trip against the Ducks. Boston has won two straight games coming in, defeating a pair of Western Conference foes (Nashville, Winnipeg) at TD Garden this past week.

* After initially sending Justin Florek back to Providence following his NHL debut, the B's recalled the winger, who will again take Jordan Caron's spot on the fourth line with Dan Paille and Greg Campbell.

* Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau was asked about the matchup at morning skate. “Right now, they’re the best club in the East," said Boudreau. "It’s going to be a real challenge for us to match their size and strength. When it comes to big games, Boston is always there. We’re coming off an emotional game, and hopefully we can get it back up to that level again.” Anaheim rallied for a 4-3 overtime victory over the Canucks on Sunday.

 

ON A ROLL

ICE COLD

FUN FACTS


Reilly Smith (9 pts last 7 GP)

Patrice Bergeron (6 pts last 5 GP)

Matt Fraser (1 pt last 12 GP)

Milan Lucic (1 goal last 15 GP)

* Milan Lucic has never recorded a point in seven career games against the Ducks.

* Tuukka Rask was named to Team Finland and will likely be the starter for his home country in Sochi next month.


Andrew Cogliano (13 pts last 13 GP)

Cam Fowler (5 pts last 5 GP)

Teemu Selanne (0 pts last 5 GP)

Dustin Penner (0 pts last 7 GP)

* Ben Lovejoy (Concord, N.H.) has been on a nice roll of late. The undrafted defenseman out of Dartmouth College has seven points in his last nine games. 

* Goaltender Jonas Hiller was, as expected, named to Team Switzerland for the 2014 Winter Olympics.


WHAT TO WATCH FOR

* If the Bruins manage to pull out a win in regulation tonight, they'd be the first visiting squad to do so at the Honda Center this season. The Ducks own an absurd 17-0-2 record on home ice in 2013-14. Those two non-victories were a 4-3 overtime loss to the Devils on Nov. 20 and a 3-2 shootout loss to L.A. Dec. 3. The Ducks have outscored their opponents 74-36 in their 19 home games, making them the only team with a 2-to-1 goal ratio in that category.

* It's not often that the B's run into a team that's better than them statistically during 5-on-5 play. Boston ranks fifth in the NHL, but the Ducks are No. 2 in the league. Anaheim makes up for a lackluster power play (brought down heavily by a putrid start to the season) and penalty kill by dominating play at even strength. With the Ducks getting last change, the B's are certainly at a disadvantage.

* After getting effective play from Jakob Silfverberg on the left side, Boudreau has re-promoted Dustin Penner to first-line duties, with Silfverberg shifting back to the third line. Penner's riding a seven-game point drought after catching fire in November alongside Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry. Penner comes in with 0-2-2 totals in six career games against Boston.

* Cam Fowler has been an assist machine for Anaheim after a slow start to the campaign. Since the beginning of November, the 22-year-old blueliner has scored four goals and set up 18 others, giving him 22 points over the last 30 contests. The Ducks' power-play quarterback leads Anaheim with 24:02 of ice time a night. The B's will be in for a challenge trying to keep him from feeding Getzlaf and Perry.

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Email: jconnolly@hockeyjournal.com