Tuesday, December 17, 2013
W2W4: Bruins-Flames, 7 ET
By Joe McDonald
The Boston Bruins (22-9-2, 46 points) will host the Calgary Flames (13-15-5, 31 points) Tuesday night at TD Garden (7 p.m.). Here’s what to watch for:
YOU AGAIN: The Bruins and Flames will play for the second time in a week after Boston beat Calgary 2-1 last Tuesday at the Saddledome in Calgary. The Flames led 1-0 after two periods but the Bruins scored twice in the third en route to victory. David Krejci and Reilly Smith scored for Boston, while goaltender Tuukka Rask made 26 saves. Tonight concludes the two-game regular-season series between the teams.
WHAT HAVE YOU DONE LATELY: The Bruins have spent the majority of this month on the road and tonight will only be their second game on home ice in December. The Bruins are 10-3-1 in their last 14 games and 14-4-2 in the last 20. Boston is 13-3-2 at TD Garden this season and holds a 4-1-0 record against Pacific Division teams. The Flames are 7-8-2 on the road this season and they’re 3-3-0 against Atlantic Division opponents.
MASKED MEN: Rask will get the starting nod against the Flames. Overall this season, he’s 16-8-2 with a 1.97 goals-against average and a .932 save percentage. He suffered the loss Saturday in Vancouver, allowing four goals in 42 minutes of play before he was pulled and replaced by backup Chad Johnson. Rask, like many of his teammates, battled the flu bug last week. He participated in the morning skate and was the first off the ice this morning. Against the Flames, he’s 2-0-0 with one shutout in two career games against Calgary. The Flames' Reto Berra will start against the Bruins. He made 22 saves and suffered the loss against Boston last week, his first game ever against the Bruins. Overall, he’s 4-7-2 with a 3.18 GAA and a .896 SP.
SHUTOUT: The Bruins enter tonight’s game with a 129:36 shutout streak against the Flames in Boston. Calgary’s last goal at TD Garden was Alex Tanguay’s tally against Hannu Toivonen at 10:24 of the third period during a 3-2 Boston win on Oct. 19, 2006. Calgary coach Bob Hartley doesn’t want to think about past games in this building, saying: “Elvis is dead and the Beatles broke up.”
IRON MAN: Bruins forward Jarome Iginla has been cleared to play after he dislocated his left ring finger during a fight with Vancouver Canucks’ Ryan Kesler last Saturday at Rogers Arena. He’s sporting a splint and said after the Bruins’ morning skate that he’s ready to go after missing practice on Monday.
QUESTIONABLE: Flames assistant captain Mike Cammalleri missed the team’s morning skate and was sent back to the hotel due to an illness, according to coach Bob Hartley. Cammalleri, who has 10 goals and five assists for 15 points in 26 games this season, is questionable for tonight’s game.