April 20, 2013

Tale of the Tape: Bruins vs. Penguins

By Jesse Connolly

Here's the Tale of the Tape for today's game between the B's and Pens:

SEASON SERIES

Mar. 12 – BOS 2 @ PIT 3
Mar. 17 – BOS 1 @ PIT 2
Apr. 20 – PIT @ BOS

NEWS AND NOTES

* Today’s game was originally scheduled for Friday night. It will be aired on NESN Plus.
* The Penguins have won 20 of their last 22 games, including a 6-4 victory over the Canadiens Wednesday night.

* The Bruins are two points back of the Habs for first in the division and have two games in hand.

STANDINGS

Boston: 26-11-5, 57 points (2nd in division, 4th in conference)
Pittsburgh: 33-10-0, 66 points (1st in division, 1st in conference)

TEAM LEADERS
BOS / PIT

GOALS: Brad Marchand (16) / Chris Kunitz (21)
ASSISTS: David Krejci (22) / Sidney Crosby (41)
POINTS: Marchand, Jagr (33) / Sidney Crosby (56)

PLUS-MINUS: Patrice Bergeron (+23) / Pascal Dupuis (+30)
PIM: Milan Lucic (65) / Tanner Glass (57)
SHOTS: Tyler Seguin (136) / Pascal Dupuis (129)
TIME ON ICE: Zdeno Chara (24:51) / Kris Letang (25:38)

WINS: Tuukka Rask (17) / Marc-Andre Fleury (22)
GAA: Tuukka Rask (1.99) / Marc-Andre Fleury (2.32)
SV%: Tuukka Rask (.929) / Marc-Andre Fleury (.917)

ON A ROLL

Boston: Jaromir Jagr (6 pts in last 5 GP), Dan Paille (4 pts in last 4 GP)

Pittsburgh: Brenden Morrow (6 pts in last 2 GP), Pascal Dupuis (8 pts in last 4 GP)

ICE COLD

Boston: Milan Lucic (1 pt in last 4 GP), Rich Peverley (0 pts in last 3 GP)
Pittsburgh: Matt Cooke (0 pts in last 7 GP), Brooks Orpik (0 pts in last 9 GP)

OBSCURE STATS

Boston: Jaromir Jagr has 41 points in 42 career games against the Pens, 19 of which have come on the power play.
Pittsburgh: Douglas Murray has three points in nine games for the Pens after notching just three in his first 29 games this year with the Sharks.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

* Milan Lucic is all but guaranteed to be the healthy scratch in this one, as No. 17 has just two goals since Feb. 26. He’s missed just five of the Bruins last 206 regular season games. Let’s see how the team looks without him in the lineup and how he responds to being the odd man out when the B’s are in action again.
* Much like Wednesday’s game against Buffalo, we’re in for another emotional experience at TD Garden, as one suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing was killed and the other was captured on Friday night.
* Carl Soderberg will make his long-awaited (understatement!) NHL debut. Let’s see how quickly he can get acclimated.

BETWEEN THE PIPES

Boston: TBD (Rask, presumably)
Pittsburgh: Tomas Vokoun (11-4-0, 2.57, .912)

PROJECTED LINEUP

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

Chara – Boychuk
Redden – Seidenberg
Ference – Hamilton

Rask
Khudobin

Pittsburgh
Kunitz – Jokinen – Iginla
Morrow – Dupuis – Bennett
Cooke – Sutter – Kennedy
Glass – Vitale – Adams

Orpik – Letang
Murray – Niskanen
Eaton – Despres

Vokoun
Fleury

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Email: jconnolly@hockeyjournal.com