December 12, 2013

Tale of the Tape: Bruins vs. Oilers

By Jesse Connolly

TEAM STATS

RECORD

STANDINGS

GOALS FOR

GOALS AGAINST

POWER PLAY

PENALTY KILL

 

21-8-2 (44 pts) 1st in Atlantic
2nd in East
2.74 (11th) 1.94 (2nd) 18.8% (14th) 85.9% (4th)
 
11-18-3 (25 pts) 7th in Pacific
14th in West
2.72 (14th) 3.38 (29th) 19.2% (12th) 82.6% (15th)

TEAM LEADERS

GOALS

ASSISTS

POINTS

+/-

PIM

WINS

GAA

SV%

 

Milan Lucic (11) David Krejci (19) David Krejci (25) Iginla, Krejci (+12)
Shawn Thornton (41) Tuukka Rask (16) Tuukka Rask (1.87) Tuukka Rask (.935)
   
Hall, Perron (12) Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (17) Eberle, Hall (27) Eager, Gadzic (+1) Luke Gadzic (64) Devan Dubnyk (9)
Ilya Bryzgalov (2.12) Ilya Bryzgalov (.939)


SEASON SERIES

Dec. 12, 2013: Boston @ Edmonton

Feb.. 1, 2014: Edmonton @ Boston

 

PROJECTED LINEUP

IN NET

INJURIES

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

Chara - Boychuk
Krug - Seidenberg
Bartkowski - Miller

Chad Johnson

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


Perron - Nugent-Hopkins - Eberle
Hall - Gagner - Yakupov
Joensuu - Arcobello - Hemsky
Gadzic - Lander - Jones

Larsen - Ference
N. Schultz - J. Schultz
Belov - Petry 


Devan Dubnyk

Ilya Bryzgalov (concussion)
Boyd Gordon (shoulder)
Ryan Smyth (neck) 


NEWS & NOTES

* The Bruins are fresh off a come-from-behind victory in Calgary Tuesday, in which they scored twice in the third period to secure a 2-1 win. Boston comes in with an 8-5-0 record on the road.

* The B's did not hold morning skate. Goalie Tuukka Rask is said to be battling the flu. Dan Paille (upper body) was sent back to Boston.

* The Oilers are 3-1-1 in December. They edged the Hurricanes by a score of 5-4 in overtime Tuesday, with Jordan Eberle burying the game-winner on the power play.

 

ON A ROLL

ICE COLD

FUN FACTS


Reilly Smith (4 pts last 3 GP)

Milan Lucic (6 pts last 5 P)

Jordan Caron (0 pts last 11 GP)

Matt Bartkowski (0 pts last 4 GP)

* Jarome Iginla will be playing in his 90th career game against the Oilers. The longtime Flames captain has 34-48-82 totals vs. Edmonton.

* Edmonton native Johnny Boychuk will be playing in his second career game in his hometown. The Bruins blueliner scored a goal the last time these two teams met (a 6-3 win for the Bruins in Boston).


Taylor Hall (7 pts last 3 GP)

Jordan Eberle (4 pts last 3 GP)

Ryan Jones (0 pts last 4 GP)

Justin Schultz (1 pt last 7 GP)

* Mark Arcobello will be playing in his first career game against the B's. The Yale product and Milford, Conn., native is fourth on the Oilers with 13 assists. 

* Devan Dubnyk is expected to start for the Oilers. He owns a 4.57 goals-against average in two career games against the B's.


WHAT TO WATCH FOR

* The top storyline for tonight's tilt is the fact that most Bruins fans will get their first good look at Andrew Ference in an Oilers uniform. The longtime member of the B's (2007-13), who helped them capture the Cup in 2011, has 2-2-4 totals through 32 games in his first season with his new club. Named the Oilers captain prior to the season, the Edmonton native notched his first two assists on the season Tuesday.

* With Rask dealing with the rampant flu bug that's invaded Boston's locker room, odds seem high we'll see Claude Julien give Chad Johnson the nod. Johnson, a Calgary native, was reported to have been in line to start in his hometown of Calgary against the Flames Tuesday, but was also dealing with the aforementioned flu epidemic plaguing the Black and Gold. Johnson's 5-1-0 on the year and riding a four-game winning streak. His most recent victory came Sunday in a 5-2 win over the Leafs.

* Johnson's probably in for his biggest challenge of the season, as the Oilers offense is really clicking lately -- especially on home ice. In their last seven games at Rexall Place, Edmonton's scored 28 goals, good for an average of 4.00 per game. Their power play is now up to  24.2 percent on home ice, which ranks sixth in the NHL. Former Blues winger David Perron leads the club with six tallies on the man advantage. This doesn't bode well for a Boston penalty kill missing Dan Paille, Chris Kelly and Loui Eriksson.

Twitter: @JesseNEHJ
Email: jconnolly@hockeyjournal.com