- Joe McDonald, Reporter, ESPNBoston.com
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WHAT HAVE YOU DONE LATELY: The Bruins are 5-1-1 in their last seven games and 9-2-2 in their last 13. After playing their worst game of the season, losing 6-1 to the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday, the Bruins rebounded with a solid 3-2 win over the New York Rangers on Friday. The Blue Jackets are 3-2-0 in their last five games and defeated the Edmonton Oilers 4-2 on Friday night in Columbus.
HISTORY: This will be only the 15th meeting between the teams, with Boston holding a 9-3-0-2 advantage. The Bruins have outscored Columbus 46-29 in those games. This will be the third meeting this season. Boston won both games with a 3-1 win on Oct. 12 and a 3-2 overtime victory on Nov. 14.
MASKED MEN: It appears Bruins coach Claude Julien is going with backup Chad Johnson on Saturday night. Johnson is 3-1-0 in four games with a 2.21 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage. He has won his last two starts, including a 3-2 overtime win against the Blue Jackets on Nov. 14. Boston's No. 1 goalie, Tuukka Rask (14-6-2/1.90/.935), played three games this week. Since the Blue Jackets are playing back-to-back days, it's likely backup Curtis McElhinney will get the start between the pipes for Columbus. McElhinney is 1-2-1 in six games played with a 2.32 GAA and a .923 SP. The Blue Jackets' No. 1 goalie, Sergei Bobrovsky, has faced the Bruins both times this season and allowed six goals. Overall, he's 9-11-2 with a 2.81 GAA and a .906 SP.
BERGY'S BACK: Bruins second-line center Patrice Bergeron had gone a stretch of six games without a point, but he was credited with a goal during Friday's 3-2 win over the Rangers. His shot ricocheted off New York defenseman Dan Girardi and into the net. Sometimes getting a puck to bounce your way is exactly what it takes to get going. Overall, Bergeron has seven goals and five assists for 12 points in 26 games, including a plus-7 rating.
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