November 5, 2013

Tale of the Tape: Bruins vs. Stars

By Jesse Connolly

Here's the Tale of the Tape for tonight's game between the Boston Bruins and Dallas Stars at TD Garden:

TEAM STATS

RECORD

STANDINGS

GOALS FOR

GOALS AGAINST

POWER PLAY

PENALTY KILL

 

8-5-0 (16 pts) 4th in Atlantic
5th in East
2.69 (16th) 1.92 (3rd) 18.0% (18th) 80.0% (21st)

6-6-2 (13 pts) 6th in Central
12th in West
2.50 (20th) 2.93 (22nd) 12.8% (23rd) 82.0% (15th)

TEAM LEADERS

GOALS

ASSISTS

POINTS

+/-

PIM

WINS

GAA

SV%

 

Milan Lucic (6) David Krejci (11) David Krejci (13) Dennis Seidenberg (+9)
Adam McQuaid (26) Tuukka Rask (7) Tuukka Rask (1.73) Tuukka Rask (.940)
  
Tyler Seguin (6) Benn, Seguin (9) Tyler Seguin (15)
Brendan Dillon (+6)
Antoine Roussel (52) Kari Lehtonen (5)
Kari Lehtonen (1.94)
Kari Lehtonen (.936)


SEASON SERIES

Nov. 5, 2013: Dallas @ Boston

Jan. 16, 2014: Boston @ Dallas

 

PROJECTED LINEUP

IN NET

INJURIES

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

Chara - Boychuk
Seidenberg - Hamilton
Krug - McQuaid 

Tuukka Rask

 


Jamie Benn - Seguin - Nichushkin
Whitney - Eakin - Chiasson
Peverley - Horcoff - Cole
Roussel - Fiddler - Garbutt

Dillon - Robidas
Daley - Gonchar
Goligoski - Jordie Benn 


Kari Lehtonen 

 

 


NEWS & NOTES

* After missing Saturday's game against the Isles with an undisclosed injury, Johnny Boychuk will be back in the lineup for Boston.

* The Bruins will also welcome back Loui Eriksson. The winger had been sidelined since suffering a concussion in Buffalo Oct. 23, forcing him to miss the B's last five contests. Boston went 2-3-0 without him.

* The Stars come in with a 2-1-2 record in their last five games. They defeated Ottawa by a score of 4-3 Sunday in the first of three straight road games for Dallas.

 

ON A ROLL

ICE COLD

FUN FACTS


Jarome Iginla (7 pts last 6 GP)

David  Krejci (5 pts last 5 GP)

Greg Campbell (0 pts last 13GP)

Brad Marchand (1 pt last 5 GP)

* Jarome Iginla was selected 11th overall by Dallas in 1995, but he was traded just six months later to Calgary in the deal that sent Joe Nieuwendyk to the Stars.

* Dennis Seidenberg and Ray Whitney were teammates together down in Carolina. In the 2009 playoffs, they helped the Hurricanes defeat the Bruins in the second round.


Tyler Seguin (5 pts last 4 GP)

Brendan Dillon (2 pts last 3 GP)

Ray Whitney (1 pt last 5 GP)

Alex Chiasson (1 pt last 5 GP)

* After being selected 38th overall by Dallas in 2009, Alex Chiasson went on to score 36 goals over the next three seasons at Boston University, leading the Terriers with 46 points as a junior in 2011-12 before turning pro.

* Antoine Roussel, a native of Roubaix, France, began his pro career with the P-Bruins in 2010. He had 88 PIM in 42 games in 2010-11, his lone season with the club.


WHAT TO WATCH FOR

* What, you thought I was going to completely forget the highly-anticipated return of No. 19 91, Tyler Seguin? Ye of little faith. There isn't much to add to the conversation that you don't know already, but I'll say this: As most expected, Seguin's flourishing offensively on a mediocre Stars team. Moving back to his "natural" position -- as so many Boston fans insisted he should do during his time here -- has paid dividends when it comes to points, but the center's won just 37 percent of the faceoffs he's taken on the year. So what do I expect from him tonight? With 15 points in 14 games (11 of which have come in eight road contests), I wouldn't be surprised to see Seguin notch at least a point. I'm setting the over/under at six shots for the former No. 2 overall pick.

* In the meantime, color me a bit concerned that Eriksson's ready to get back in the lineup. He seemed to progress awfully quick for someone that was considered out indefinitely just a dozen days ago. One has to completely trust the Bruins' medical staff here, but I just hope Eriksson isn't rushing himself in order to be on the ice for Boston's first matchup against his old club.

* I think we'll see an amped-up Bruins team, given the Seguin-Eriksson (etc.) storyline, but it'd be nice if they could play with a sense of motivation right off the hop -- regardless of whatever subplots surround the game. Coach Claude Julien said his squad isn't competing hard enough after their 3-1 loss on Long Island Saturday night. Over the last three games, the Bruins have put a combined 14 shots on goal in the first period. That's a recipe for failure if that keeps up.

Twitter: @JesseNEHJ
Email: jconnolly@hockeyjournal.com