BRUINS HOST OTTAWA TONIGHT
- The Bruins host the Senators tonight in the 3rd of 4 games between these teams and the 1st of 2 this season at TD Garden ... The Bruins are 38-28-6 thus far this season with a 19-14-0 mark on home ice ... They are 16-8-1 vs. Atlantic Division opponents and are 24- 17-6 vs. Eastern Conference teams this season.
- The Bruins are opening tonight a stretch in which they will conclude the regular season with 8 of their final 10 games on home ice.
- They are playing game 2 tonight of their 14th of 16 sets of 3-games-in-4-nights this season ... They are 7-6-1 in game 1s, 6-4-3 in game 2s and 5-6-2 in game 3s of those series so far.
- They are concluding their 13th of 14 sets of back-to-back games this season ... They are 7-4-2 in the 1st of those games and are 3-7- 2 in the 2nd game thus far.
- The Bruins are 12-5-0 in the 17 games since Bruce Cassidy was named as interim head coach on 2/7, including season-high 4-game win streaks from 2/9-19 & 3/8-15, & they have lost consecutive games for the 1st time since the coaching change.
- They are 7-1-0 in their last 8 home games, including a season-high 4-game home win streak from 2/9-28 & wins in each of their last 3 at TD Garden ... They are 5 games over .500 at home for the 1st time since finishing the 2014-15 season at 24-10-7.
- The Bruins have scored 28 power play goals in their last 96 opportunities over their past 31 games (29.2%) ... That includes PP goals in 8 straight games from 1/24-2/12 (11/30, 36.7%) & they have gone 8 for 27 over their last 11 games (29.6%).
- Mar. 15 – Bos 5 at Cgy 2 ... The Flames struck 1st but the Bruins took a 2-1 lead on goals by David Pastrnak & Brad Marchand ... After Calgary evened the score, Boston ran off 3 unanswered by David Backes, Matt Beleskey & Pastrnak again (ENG) to snap Calgary’s 10-game win streak ... Anton Khudobin won his 4th straight game in goal ... SOG: Bos 32, Cgy 23 ... PP: 0/2 ... PK: 0/3
- Mar. 16 – Bos 4 at Edm 7 ... The Bruins closed out the Western Canada portion of their current road stretch with a 7-4 loss in Edmonton ... Boston got goals from Brad Marchand (1-2=3), David Pastrnak, Dominic Moore & David Krejci ... Tuukka Rask started in goal and took the loss (5 GA/17 SA) with no decision in relief for Anton Khudobin ... SOG: Bos 36, Edm 36 ... PP: 2/4 ... PK: 3/6
- Mar. 20 – Bos 2 at Tor 4 ... David Backes opened the game's scoring & the teams headed into the final 2 minutes of regulation tied at 1-1 before the Maple Leafs scored the GWG on the PP with 1:57 remaining in regulation ... They added 2 ENGs with Tuukka Rask pulled before Dominic Moore scored his 100th NHL goal for the final score ... SOG: Bos 34, Tor 29 .. PP: 0/1 ... PK: 1/3
- Zdeno Chara is 2 points shy of his 600th NHL point.
- Drew Stafford is 3 points short of his 400th NHL point.
INJURIES (143 total man-games lost)
- Tim Schaller – Lower body injury suffered 3/8 vs DET; Has missed 5 games.
BOSTON vs OTTAWA, LIFETIME SERIES
- The Bruins and Senators are meeting for the 133rd time in their histories with the Bruins having a 74-40-8-10 record and a 419-333 scoring edge in those games.
- The Bruins are 40-19-5-3 in their 66 home games of this lifetime series with a 227-173 scoring advantage in those contests.
- The Bruins have lost their last 4 games vs. Ottawa at 0-3-1, including road setbacks in the 1st 2 games of this season’s series (3-1 on 11/24 & 4-2 on 3/6), & they are 2-5-3 in their last 10 games overall vs. the Senators following a 16-4-0 stretch in their previous 20 meetings ... They are 6-2-2 in their last 10 games vs. Ottawa in Boston.
Fun Fact: The Senators are 1 of 3 teams (PHI, TB) that have never swept the Bruins in a season series.
2: Consecutive seasons with 30-or-more goals for Brad Marchand, who has tied his career-high w/37 ... He is the 1st Bruin with back-
to-back 30-goal campaigns since Glen Murray in 2002-03 & 2003-04.
2.52: Goals-against average for Boston over their last 17 games (43 goals) since the coaching change, compared to their 2.64 average in the 55 games prior to 2/7.
3.75: Goals-per-game average for Boston over their last 17 games (64 goals) since the coaching change, compared to their 2.54 average in the 55 games prior to 2/7.
4: Seasons with 30-or-more wins for Tuukka Rask, who has 33 this season ... He & Tim Thomas are the only goaltenders in team history w/4 30-win campaigns.
4: Penalty shot goals on five career shots taken by Brad Marchand after scoring 11/1 in Florida ... That is the most by a Bruin in team history, breaking his tie of 3 with Woody Dumart.
4: Goaltenders used by Boston this season ... That is the most goalies the Bruins have used in a season since 2011-12, when Tim Thomas, Rask, Marty Turco and Anton Khudobin all saw action in the Boston net.
5: Bruins who have played in every game this season (Carlo, Krejci, Krug, Marchand, Moore) ... Loui Eriksson was the only Bruins to appear in all 82 Boston games last season (Lee Stempniak played in 82 games but just 19 in Boston following his trade).
7: Out of Frank Vatrano’s 10 goals this season that have given the Bruins the lead or tied the score in a game.
9: Bruins who have played their 1st NHL games this season - Brandon Carlo, Austin Czarnik, Danton Heinen and Rob O’Gara (10/13 in CMB, which was the most Bruins to make their NHL debuts in a season-opening game since 1985-86); Zane McIntyre (10/25 vs. MIN in relief of Malcolm Subban and made his 1st NHL start on 10/26 at NYR); Sean Kuraly (11/3 in TB); Anton Blidh (12/3 at BUF); Matt Grzelcyk (12/14 at PIT); & Peter Cehlarik (2/11 vs. VAN) ... It is the most Bruins to make their NHL debuts in a season since 2005-06 (10).
11: Games in which the Bruins have had 1 or 0 power play opportunities (0-11/12 in ARI; 1-10/26 at NYR, 11/24 at OTT, 11/27 vs TB, 12/10 vs TOR, 12/12 at MTL, 1/8 at CAR, 2/19 at SJ, 2/23 at LA, 3/6 at OTT, 3/20 at TOR)
11: Games with a point for David Pastrnak (6-9=15 totals) before he was held scoreless last night at TOR ... It was a career-best point streak, tied for the 2nd-longest streak in the NHL this season, & was the longest by a Bruin since Patrice Bergeron had points in 12 straight games from 3/17-4/8/14.
10: Games remaining in Boston’s regular season schedule, 8 at home & 2 on the road ... Starting with tonight’s game, they will play 8 of their final 10 at TD Garden ... 7 are vs. Eastern Conference opponents (5 Atlantic, 2 Metropolitan) with 3 vs. Western teams ... 5 are vs. teams currently in playoff positions.
13: Games this season in which the Bruins have taken 40-or-more shots, including a season-high 50 vs NYI on 12/20 which was their most in a game since 4/4/15 (50 vs TOR) ... They have recorded 45-or-more in 5 games this season & have 3 games in which they have outshot their opponent by 25-or-more (46-21 at COL 11/13; 38-12 vs WPG 11/19; 47-21 at PHI 11/29).
21: Season series completed this season (0-2-0 vs ANA; 2-0-0 vs ARI; 4-0-0 vs BUF; 1-1-0 vs CGY; 1-0-2 vs CAR; 1-1-0 vs COL; 2-1-0 vs CMB; 3-0-1 vs DET; 2-0-0 vs LA; 0-2-0 vs MIN; 2-2-0 vs MTL; 2-1-0 vs NJ; 0-3-0 vs NYR; 2-1-0 vs PHI; 1-1-1 vs PIT; 1-1-0 vs STL; 2-0-0 vs SJ; 0-4-0 vs TOR; 2-0-0 vs VAN; 2-0-0 vs WPG).
22: Career shorthanded goals by Brad Marchand, including 3 this season, which is the most by any NHL player since he entered the NHL in 2009-10 ... That ranks 3rd on Boston’s all-time list (Rick Middleton, 25; Derek Sanderson, 24).
30: of 72 games this season in which the Bruins have taken a 2-goal lead ... They are 26-2-2 in those games. 33.3: Boston’s shots on goal average per game this season, 2nd to PIT’s 34.1 average for the NHL lead.
36: Career shutouts by Tuukka Rask, which placed him 2nd on the team’s all-time shutouts list ... He has lost a shutout bid with 5 minutes or less remaining in regulation time on 6 occasions this season, including 2 1-0 losses.
53.0: Boston’s team faceoff percentage this season, which ranks 3rd overall & 1st in the Eastern Conference ... They are led by Patrice Bergeron’s 59.4% proficiency.
62: Combined points over their last 22 games by Brad Marchand (20-154=35 in 18 of 22) & Patrice Bergeron (7-20=27 in 16 of 22). 90: Multiple-point games by Bruins this season, led by Brad Marchand w/18.
106-57-12: Boston’s record since 2011-12 in games in which they have had a fighting penalty.
+160 / +145: Cumulative plus/minus ratings of Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron, respectively, since the start of the 2010-11
season which rank 1 and 3 in the NHL over that span.
200-13-14: Boston’s record since the start of the 2010-11 season when they have carried a lead into the third period.
+219: Zdeno Chara’s career plus/minus, which is the best of active defensemen and is 3rd overall among all active players.
216-15-11: Boston’s record since 2011-12 in games in which they have had a 2-goal lead in a game ... That extends to 135-1-3 over that span when they have led by 3 goals.
327: Consecutive Bruins games (regular season and playoffs) currently sold out at TD Garden ... Their last non-sellout game was on Dec. 2, 2009 when a Wednesday game vs. TB drew 16,553.
- The Bruins currently have 24 players on their roster ... 6 were drafted by the team, 7 were acquired in trade and 11 were signed as free agents.
- The Bruins play 13 matinees this season (local start time 4:00 pm or earlier) ... They are 8-2-0 in afternoon games.
- They will wear their 3rd uniform system in 15 games this season ... They are 5-6-1 in those games so far.
- The Bruins are playing a 14-game March schedule (8 hm/6 rd, 5-4-0) ... They will play 5 games in April (4 hm/1 rd) ... They went 4-4- 0 in October, 8-6-1 in November, 8-5-3 in December, 6-6-2 in January & 7-3-0 in February.
Mar. 1: Drew Stafford acquired from Winnipeg for 2018 conditional 6th round draft pick. Mar. 7: Austin Czarnik recalled from Providence/AHL.
Mar. 13: Austin Czarnik & Peter Cehlarik returned to Providence/AHL.
Mar. 19: Noel Acciari & Sean Kuraly recalled from Providence/AHL.
Mar. 20: Sean Kuraly returned to Providence/AHL.
LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON
Max Domi makes quick work of Ryan Kesler
THE HOCKEY SHOW, FEBRUARY 2017
GOOD OLD-FASHIONED LINE BRAWL
Ryan Miller shows pugnacity, testosterone, and truculence.
MATT BELESKEY MANN-HANDLES MANNING
It's the February episode of The Hockey Show.
Paul Altmeyer and his aging sidekick Robert 'Horace' Greeley. Listen to Horace ramble on about how the Bruins line-up and watch his stringent preparation in action.
They also spoke with Mark Divver of the Providence Journal at 28:22 and got his take on the Boston Bruins, Providence Bruins, and Providence College.
Go to 51:40 of the show to enjoy The Police Blotter segment.