December 10, 2013

Tale of the Tape: Bruins vs. Flames

By Jesse Connolly

TEAM STATS

RECORD

STANDINGS

GOALS FOR

GOALS AGAINST

POWER PLAY

PENALTY KILL

 

20-8-2 (42 pts) 1st in Atlantic
2nd in East
2.77 (11th) 1.97 (1st) 18.3% (14th) 85.6% (6th)
 
11-14-4 (26 pts) 6th in Pacific
13th in West
2.62 (18th) 3.34 (28th) 15.0% (24th) 81.9% (17th)

TEAM LEADERS

GOALS

ASSISTS

POINTS

+/-

PIM

WINS

GAA

SV%

 

Milan Lucic (11) David Krejci (19) Krejci, Lucic (24) Iginla, Krejci (+12)
Shawn Thornton (41) Tuukka Rask (15) Tuukka Rask (1.91) Tuukka Rask (.934)
   
Mike Cammalleri (10) Jiri Hudler (19) Jiri Hudler (27)
Kris Russell (+6) Tim Jackman (41) Ramo, Berra (4)
Ramo (3.00) Ramo (.896)


SEASON SERIES

Dec. 10, 2013: Boston @ Calgary

Dec. 17, 2013: Calgary @ 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) 


Cammalleri - Stajan - Stempniak
Bouma - Backlund - Jones
Baertschi - Colborne - Hudler
Jones - Byron - McGrattan

 Smid - Giordano
Russell - Brodie
Butler - O'Brien 


Reto Berra

T.J. Galiardi (back)
Curtis Glencross (MCL)
Sean Monahan (foot)
Dennis Wideman (broken hand) 


NEWS & NOTES

* The Bruins will be missing half-a-dozen regulars for tonight's contest. Read more on all of them, and their replacements, here.

* The Flames come into this one winners of three of their last four games. They earned two points against the Kings, Coyotes and Oilers.

 

ON A ROLL

ICE COLD

FUN FACTS


Reilly Smith (3 pts last 2 GP)

Milan Lucic (6 pts last 4 GP)

Jordan Caron (0 pts last 10 GP)

Zdeno Chara (1 pt last 4 GP)

* While with the Stars, Reilly Smith scored his second career goal against Calgary on Feb. 17 in a 4-3 loss in Dallas. Injured Bruin Loui Eriksson assisted on the goal.


Jiri Hudler (4 pts last 3 GP)

Lee Stempniak (3 pts last 4 GP)

Mike Cammalleri (2 pts last 8 GP)

David Jones (0 pts last 4 GP)

* Brian McGrattan, who skates on the fourth line for Calgary, was briefly property of the Bruins. He began the 2010-11 season as the club's spare forward, went down to Providence, then was traded that February to Anaheim.


WHAT TO WATCH FOR

* When you're facing a team that has a goaltender leading the way with a save percentage under .900, you probably wouldn't expect them to be three games under .500 through 29 contests. Yet, here the Flames are, propelled almost entirely by an offense that's not worth writing home about at present, but certainly can sneak up on you. The Flames own a respectable 20-percent success rate on the power play on home ice. The B's can't give Mike Cammalleri, Jiri Hudler and Co. too many chances on the man advantage.

* You also can't overlook the fact that the Flames have gotten some pretty good goaltending of late from Karri Ramo and tonight's starter, Reto Berra. The two have allowed just six goals over the last four games. Berra, a 26-year-old rookie from Switzerland, stopped 30-of-31 shots against the Oilers in an overtime victory Saturday.

* Of course, the biggest storyline for the Bruins is the absurd number of injuries they're currently dealing with. A quarter of their forward corps was in Providence a few days ago. I suspect we'll see more ice time for Ryan Spooner and Matt Fraser tonight, after the two saw limited action in Toronto. Hopefully, for Boston's sake, they can show off the incredible chemistry they've developed in Providence in the first two-plus months of the AHL season.

* Expect a fairly lengthy ceremony honoring Jarome Iginla, who's making his first trip back to Calgary as a member of the opposition. Iginla, 36, was traded to the Penguins this past spring. He signed with the Bruins in July. Iginla scored 525 goals for the Flames over his 17 years with the club.

Twitter: @JesseNEHJ
Email: jconnolly@hockeyjournal.com