- Joe McDonald, Reporter, ESPNBoston.com
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POSSIBLE PREVIEW: This is the second and final regular-season meeting between these teams. Since both are among the best in their respective conferences, there's also a chance the Bruins and Blues could play in the Stanley Cup finals this spring. The Bruins are 14-10-1 on the road this season, with a 4-1-3 record against Central Division opponents. Boston also has a 13-4-3 record against Western Conference teams.
WHAT HAVE YOU DONE LATELY: The Bruins are 7-1-1 in their last nine games. Boston is 4-0-1 in its last five road games. The Bruins are coming off a 3-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks. The Blues are 4-1-1 in their last six games. The Ottawa Senators defeated St. Louis 5-4 in a shootout on Tuesday.
MASKED MEN: Since Tuukka Rask is preparing to represent Team Finland at the upcoming Winter Olympics, it's possible backup Chad Johnson could play the next two games for Boston. Bruins coach Claude Julien recently said he was trying to find the best way to keep the players focused on the task at hand, while also trying to keep the Olympic players healthy and rested for their respective countries. So, it wouldn't be a surprise to see Johnson play the final two games before the break. Johnson is playing with confidence of late, and it's evident the team trusts him, too. He's won his last four starts, including his first shutout with the Bruins in a 4-0 win over the Edmonton Oilers. According to reports from St. Louis, Rask did not participate in the team's optional skate Thursday morning, while Johnson did. It appears Jaroslav Halak will start for the Blues. He's 23-8-4 with a 2.27 goals-against average and a .914 save percentage in 38 games this season. He also has four shutouts this season. He has a 7-3-0 record in 10 career starts against the Bruins. Halak is 4-1-1 in his last six starts, including a 2.16 GAA and a .922 SP.
MILESTONE: Blues veteran forward Brenden Morrow will play in his 900th career game Thursday night, becoming the 47th active player to reach that milestone. Morrow, in his first season in St. Louis, played 13 seasons with the Dallas Stars and served as captain from 2006 to 2013.
The Boston Bruins (36-16-3, 75 points) will face the St. Louis Blues (37-12-6, 80 points) Thursday night (8 p.m.) at Scottrade Center. Here's what to watch for: POSSIBLE PREVIEW: This is the second and final regular-season meeting between these teams.