Tuesday, January 7, 2014
W2W4: B's at Ducks, 10 p.m. ET
By Joe McDonald
The Boston Bruins (28-12-2, 58 points) will face the Anaheim Ducks (31-8-5, 67 points) Tuesday night at Honda Center (10 p.m.). Here’s what to watch for:
BRING IT: This is the second and final time these teams will face off during the regular season. The Ducks are 17-0-2 on home ice this season, becoming only the fifth team in the last 40 seasons to record at least one point in each of their first 19 home games. Anaheim has also set a franchise record for the best start through 44 games. The Bruins are 10-8-0 on the road this season, with a 5-1-0 record against Pacific Division opponents. Boston defeated Anaheim 3-2 in a shootout on Oct. 31 at TD Garden. Against the Western Conference, Boston is 8-2-2.
WHAT HAVE YOU DONE LATELY: The Bruins lead the Atlantic Division and have won five of their past seven games, and are 10-4-0 in the last 14 games. Boston defeated the Winnipeg Jets, 4-1, Saturday at TD Garden. Bruins defenseman Torey Krug scored a pair of goals and added an assist en route to victory. Teammate Daniel Paille had a goal and assist and has four points in the past four games since returning from a concussion. The Ducks’ Corey Perry scored his fifth career overtime goal and league-leading eighth game-winning goal with two seconds remaining in OT to beat the Vancouver Canucks, 4-3, Sunday at Honda Center.
MASKED MEN: Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask (21-9-2, 1.96 goals-against average) should see the bulk of the work during the team’s current three-game road trip against Anaheim, Los Angeles and San Jose. Rask is 5-1-0 in his last six games. The Ducks’ Jonas Hiller (20-4-4, 2.42 GAA) extended his club-record winning streak to 11-0-0 with his 17-save performance during Anaheim’s 4-3 win over the Canucks on Sunday at Honda Center. He’s also unbeaten in regulation in his last 13 games. On home ice, Hiller is 12-0-2 with a 1.98 GAA with two shutouts this season. He’s 3-1-1 in six career games played against the Bruins, while Rask is 1-1-0 in two games against the Ducks.
ANOTHER CHANCE: Bruins forward Jordan Caron remains sidelined with a stiff back, so prospect Justin Florek will be in the lineup for the second consecutive game. He made his NHL debut Saturday against the Jets and impressed Bruins coach Claude Julien with his skating, vision and ability to showcase his strength in front of the net. Florek will play the left side, along with center Gregory Campbell, while Paille remains on the right side, which is his off wing.