- Joe McDonald, Reporter, ESPNBoston.com
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MAYBE IN THE SPRING: The Bruins and Kings meet for the second and final time during the regular season. If they play again it would be in the Stanley Cup finals. The Kings defeated the Bruins 4-2 on Jan. 9 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Boston is 2-2-4 in its last eight games against Los Angeles. The Bruins are 6-3-4 in their last 13 games against the Kings. In fact, 10 of the last 19 games between the teams have gone to overtime.
WHAT HAVE YOU DONE LATELY: The Bruins are 2-1-1 in their last four games and 4-3-1 in the last eight. Despite a 3-2 shootout loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday at United Center in Chicago, Boston played well as forward Brad Marchand scored a pair of goals in regulation and added another in the shootout. Boston is 10-2-0 in its last 12 games on home ice. Against Pacific Division teams, the Bruins are 6-3-0 this season. The Detroit Red Wings defeated the Kings 3-2 in a shootout on Saturday. Los Angeles had a 2-1 lead until the Red Wings tied the game with 26.1 seconds remaining in regulation. Prior to that loss, the Kings had won four of their last six games.
MASKED MEN: Despite back-to-back games on consecutive days for the Bruins, it’s possible Tuukka Rask will get the nod against the Kings. Boston doesn’t play again until Saturday in Philadelphia. Rask turned in a 35-save performance against the Blackhawks on Sunday in Chicago. Overall, he’s 22-12-3 with a 2.11 goals-against average and a .929 save percentage. Rask is 1-1-0 in two career games against the Kings. If Jonathan Quick starts for the Kings, he has a 6-2-0 record in eight career games against the Bruins. Overall, he’s 14-6-2 in 23 games this season, including a 2.05 GAA and a .918 SP.
RECALL: Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid suffered an undisclosed injury in the second period against the Blackhawks Sunday in Chicago and did not finish the game. As a result, the Bruins recalled defenseman Zach Trotman from Providence. McQuaid has missed a total of 17 games this season with a lower-body injury. Trotman made his NHL debut earlier this season against the Ottawa Senators on Dec. 29. He has played in 32 games for the P-Bruins this season and has four goals and seven assists, including a plus-13 rating.
SKATING: Bruins forward Chris Kelly and defenseman Dougie Hamilton skated on their own Monday morning at TD Garden. Kelly has missed the past 19 games with a fractured right fibula and has been skating for more than a week. Hamilton has missed the last three games due to a concussion.
The Boston Bruins (30-15-3, 63 points) will host the Los Angeles Kings (29-14-6, 64 points) Monday afternoon (3 p.m.) at TD Garden. Here’s what to watch for: MAYBE IN THE SPRING: The Bruins and Kings meet for the second and final time during the regular season.