March 4, 2014

Tale of the Tape: Bruins vs. Panthers

By Jesse Connolly

TEAM STATS

RECORD

STANDINGS

GOALS FOR

GOALS AGAINST

POWER PLAY

PENALTY KILL

 

38-17-5 (81 pts) 1st in Atlantic
2nd in East
3.12 (5th) 2.23 (2nd) 21.0% (6th) 82.4% (12th)
 
23-31-7 (53 pts) 7th in Atlantic
15th in East
2.36 (25th) 3.15 (27th) 9.3% (30th) 75.5% (30th)

TEAM LEADERS

GOALS

ASSISTS

POINTS

+/-

PIM

WINS

GAA

SV%

 

Brad Marchand (20) David Krejci (39) David Krejci (52) Johnny Boychuk (+27)
Adam McQuaid (69) Tuukka Rask (26) Tuukka Rask (2.18) Tuukka Rask (.927)
      
Brad Boyes (17) Tom Gilbert (24) Scottie Upshall (30)
Scottie Upshall (+6) Erik Gudbranson (91) Tim Thomas (16) Tim Thomas (2.87) Tim Thomas (.908)


SEASON SERIES

Oct. 17, 2013: Boston 3 @ Florida 2

Nov. 7, 2013: Florida 1 @ Boston 4

Jan. 28, 2014: Florida 2 @ Boston 6

Mar. 4, 2014: Florida @ Boston

Mar. 9, 2014: Boston @ Florida

 

PROJECTED LINEUP

IN NET

INJURIES

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

Chara - Hamilton
Bartkowski - Boychuk
Krug - Miller 

Chad Johnson

Dennis Seidenberg (ACL/MCL)
Adam McQuaid (leg) 
Loui Eriksson (minor issues) 


Bergenheim - Bjugstad - Boyes
Huberdeau - Goc - Winchester
Fleischmann - Shore - Upshall
Barch - Matthias - Hayes

Campbell - Gilbert
Gudbranson - Jovanovski
Kulikov - Weaver 


Tim Thomas

Aleksander Barkov (knee)
Tomas Kopecky (concussion) 


NEWS & NOTES

* The Bruins overcame a disturbingly flat start Sunday night at Madison Square Garden, eventually rolling past the Rangers with a 6-3 victory. They're now 1-1-1 since coming back from the Olympic break.

* The Panthers are 1-2-0 during the same stretch. After losses to Washington and Columbus, they rebounded with a 5-3 win over the Isles that saw them score four unanswered goals in the third period.

* Florida placed veteran forward Scott Gomez and former BC goalie Scott Clemmensen on waivers Tuesday.

 

ON A ROLL

ICE COLD

FUN FACTS


Dougie Hamilton (4 pts last 2 GP)

Jarome Iginla (17 pts last 11 GP)

Jordan Caron (0 pts last 23 GP)

* David Krejci is on pace to lead Boston with 71 points.

* Patrice Bergeron leads the B's with 164 shots on goal in 60 games.

 

Scottie Upshall (3 pts last 2 GP)

Sean Bergenheim (3 pts last 3 GP)

Tim Thomas (5.00 GAA last 3 GP)

Scott Clemmensen (4.29 GAA last 3 GP)

* Scottie Upshall is on pace to lead the Panthers with 40 points.

* Brad Boyes leads Florida with 145 shots in 59 games.


WHAT TO WATCH FOR

* With one day to go until the trade deadline, there obviously stands a chance this could be the last time we see a current member of the Black and Gold play for the Bruins. Jordan Caron appears to be the most likely member of that group now, as Loui Eriksson's absence (due to "minor issues") has paved the way for No. 38 to enter the lineup, where he'll join Chris Kelly and Carl Soderberg on the third line. Caron has gone 23 games in a row without a point and will be playing for the first time since Jan. 27. If this is a showcasing, he's certainly going to be a little rusty.

* The Panthers have been giving up goals by the bushel all season, but they've really had a tough go of it since the festivities in Sochi wrapped up. In their three post-Olympic tilts, Florida's allowed 14 goals -- good for an average of just under five per game. The Bruins aren't far behind, however, having allowed 12 in their last three contests. To their credit, the Panthers have tallied 12 times during this recent stretch. What does that all mean? With a Johnson-versus-Thomas matchup on tap, I'd bet the over.

* It didn't go according to plan the last time these two teams met, as Florida ended a heinous funk on the man advantage, but Boston has a good chance to boost their special teams confidence level tonight. The Panthers are dead last in the NHL on the power play and the penalty kill (insert corny joke about bears feasting on cats here).

Twitter: @JesseNEHJ
Email: jconnolly@hockeyjournal.com