December 7, 2013

Tale of the Tape: Bruins vs. Penguins

By Jesse Connolly

TEAM STATS

RECORD

STANDINGS

GOALS FOR

GOALS AGAINST

POWER PLAY

PENALTY KILL

 

18-8-2 (38 pts) 2nd in Atlantic
3rd in East
2.68 (14th) 1.96 (1st) 17.3% (17th) 86.0% (T-5th)
 
20-9-1 (41 pts) 1st in Metro
1st in East
3.07 (5th) 2.23 (5th) 26.5% (1st) 86.0% (T-5th)

TEAM LEADERS

GOALS

ASSISTS

POINTS

+/-

PIM

WINS

GAA

SV%

 

Milan Lucic (11) David Krejci (17) Krejci, Lucic (21) Dennis Seidenberg (+11)
Adam McQuaid (39) Tuukka Rask (14) Tuukka Rask (1.90) Tuukka Rask (.934)
   
Chris Kunitz (16) Evgeni Malkin (30) Sidney Crosby (41)
Matt Niskanen (+15) Tanner Glass (38) Marc-Andre Fleury (16)
Marc-Andre Fleury (2.01)
Marc-Andre Fleury (.922)


SEASON SERIES

Oct. 30, 2013: Boston 2 @ Pittsburgh 3

Nov. 25, 2013: Pittsburgh 3 @ Boston 4 (OT)

Dec. 7, 2013: Pittsburgh @ Boston

 

PROJECTED LINEUP

IN NET

INJURIES

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

Chara - Hamilton
Seidenberg - Krug
Bartkowski - Miller

Tuukka Rask

Adam McQuaid (lower body)

Johnny Boychuk (back sprain)


Kunitz - Crosby - Vitale
Megna - Jokinen - Neal
Conner - Sutter - Sill
Adams - Zolnierczyk - Kobasew

Engelland - Orpik
Maatta - Letang
Niskanen - Despres 


Marc-Andre Fleury

Beau Bennett (undisclosed)
Pascal Dupuis (lower body)
Tanner Glass (broken hand)
Evgeni Malkin (lower body)

Paul Martin (fractured tibia) 
Rob Scuderi (ankle)
Tomas Vokoun (blood clots) 


NEWS & NOTES

* In somewhat miraculous fashion, Johnny Boychuk is expected to return to the Bruins' lineup in 3-7 days, as the blueliner was diagnosed with a back sprain, stemming from the hit he took from Max Pacioretty Thursday in Montreal. 

* The Bruins turned in a bit of a dud in Montreal against their archrival, forking over the lead in the Atlantic Division in the process. They'll be on home ice tonight, where they've won four straight.

* The Pens have reeled off five-straight victories since suffering a 4-3 loss in overtime in Boston on Nov. 25.

 

ON A ROLL

ICE COLD

FUN FACTS


Milan Lucic (3 pts last 2 GP)

Brad Marchand (3 pts last 3 GP)

Carl Soderberg (0 pts last 4 GP)

Reilly Smith (0 pts last 3 GP)

* Milan Lucic ranks sixth among 2006 draftees with 108 career goals (433 games). He's three back of Winnipeg's Bryan Little and seven behind Nicklas Backstrom. Phil Kessel tops the list with 200 goals in 533 games.


James Neal (16 pts last 9 GP)

Chris Kunitz (8 pts last 5 GP)

Matt Niskanen (0 pts last 5 GP)

* Among 2005 draftees, Kris Letang is the second-highest scoring defenseman with 220 points in 406 games. He trails only Keith Yandle (Milton, Mass.), who has 236 points in 442 contests.


WHAT TO WATCH FOR

* The Bruins have the opportunity to win their season series against the Pens tonight, which hasn't happened too often during the Sidney Crosby era. The good news for Boston is that Pittsburgh's really banged up. Evgeni Malkin is out with a lower-body injury, and Pascal Dupuis is a game-time decision with the same ailment. The Penguins are also without key blueliners Paul Martin and Rob Scuderi. Brooks Orpik, who's on their top pairing, had a maintenance day yesterday and took part in the team's optional morning skate prior to tonight's contest.

* Of course, Pittsburgh isn't the only team heading into this one missing regulars on the back-end. Adam McQuaid has been ruled out for the weekend, as he remained sidelined by his re-aggravated lower-body injury. With McQuaid and Boychuk out, Boston will be forced to use both Matt Bartkowski and Kevan Miller. They're expected to team up on the  B's bottom pairing.

* The Bruins' power play looks a helluva lot better than in past seasons, but chew on this one: Chris Kunitz and Sidney Crosby have combined for 12 power-play goals this season; Boston has 13. Hell, James Neal -- who's played in just 15 games -- has four, which is as many as all of the B's forwards combined. Oof!

Twitter: @JesseNEHJ
Email: jconnolly@hockeyjournal.com