April 21, 2013

Tale of the Tape: Bruins vs. Panthers

By Jesse Connolly

Here's the Tale of the Tape for today's game between the Boston Bruins and Florida Panthers:

SEASON SERIES

Feb. 24 – BOS 4 @ FLA 1
Mar. 14 – FLA 1 @ BOS 4
Apr. 21 – FLA @ BOS

NEWS AND NOTES

  • Nathan Horton sustained an “upper-body” injury and Adam McQuaid is ailing from a “lower-body” one. Neither will be in the lineup this afternoon.
  • The Panthers come into riding a five-game losing streak. During that time, they’ve been outscored 27 to eight.

STANDINGS

Boston: 26-12-5, 57 points (2nd in division, 4th in conference)
Florida: 13-25-6, 32 points (5th in division, 15th in conference)

TEAM LEADERS
BOS / FLA

GOALS: Brad Marchand (17) / Tomas Kopecky (15)
ASSISTS: David Krejci (22) / Tomas Fleischmann (22)
POINTS: Brad Marchand (34) / Tomas Fleischmann (31)

PLUS-MINUS: Patrice Bergeron (+24) / Roback, Rheault, Selleck (E)
PIM: Milan Lucic (65) / George Parros (52)
SHOTS: Tyler Seguin (144) / Peter Mueller (122)
TIME ON ICE: Zdeno Chara (24:53) / Brian Campbell (26:26)

WINS: Tuukka Rask (17) / Jacob Markstrom (6)
GAA: Tuukka Rask (2.02) / Jose Theodore (3.29)
SV%: Tuukka Rask (.927) / Jacob Markstrom (.898)

ON A ROLL
Boston: Brad Marchand (4 pts in last 4 GP), Andrew Ference (5 pts in last 6 GP)
Florida: Brian Campbell (2 pts in last 2 GP), Tomas Fleischmann (11 pts in last 11 GP)

ICE COLD
Boston: Nathan Horton (0 pts in last 5 GP), Rich Peverley (0 pts in last 4 GP)
Florida: Jonathan Huberdeau (1 pt in last 5 GP), Filip Kuba (0 pts in last 5 GP)

OBSCURE STATS

Boston: The Bruins are 9-2-1 against the Southeast Division this season. Jaromir Jagr leads the B’s with six power-play goals.

Florida: The Panthers are 3-8-2 against the Northeast Division this season. Brian Campbell leads Florida with six power-play goals.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

* Let’s face it, folks. The Florida Panthers are literally the worst team in the NHL this season, they’ve been getting smoked by every opponent lately. If the Bruins don’t take advantage of an opportunity to get a little of their swagger back by clobbering these guys, shame on them.

* As lowly as the Panthers are, however, they still have a few offensive threats that need to be held in check. A pair of Tomas’s, Fleischmann and Kopecky, are chief among them. If the former were a Bruin, he’d be just three points off the team lead in scoring.

* Milan Lucic will be back in the lineup this afternoon for Boston. Forgot about whether or not he gets a point (though he does have plenty of career success against Florida). Let’s just look for a wealth of emotion and intensity for No. 17.

BETWEEN THE PIPES

Boston: Tuukka Rask (17-9-4, 2.02, .927)
Florida: Jacob Markstrom (6-12-1, 3.33, .898)

PROJECTED LINEUP

Boston
Marchand – Bergeron – Seguin
Lucic – Krejci – Jagr
Soderberg – Kelly – Peverley
Paille – Campbell – Thornton

Chara – Seidenberg
Ference – Boychuk
Bartkowski - Hamilton

Rask
Khudobin 

Florida
Huberdeau – Matthias – Rallo
Fleischmann – Goc – Kopecky
Upshall – Bjugstad – Skille
Howden – Shore – Parros

Campbell – Weaver
Kulikov – Gudbranson
Brennan – Strachan

Markstrom
Clemmensen

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Email: jconnolly@hockeyjournal.com