Monday, March 17, 2014
W2W4: Bruins vs. Wild, 7:30 p.m. ET
By Joe McDonald
The Boston Bruins (45-17-5, 95 points) will host the Minnesota Wild (35-22-10, 80 points) Monday night (7:30 p.m.) at TD Garden. Here’s what to watch for:
Going streaking: The Bruins will attempt to win their ninth consecutive game. Even though Boston is in the midst of its longest winning streak since November 2011, a month in which the Bruins posted a 14-0-1 record, coach Claude Julien is stressing the importance of consistency and not complacency. The Bruins are 11-1-2 in their last 14 games and 16-2-3 in their last 21. Boston is 27-7-2 on home ice.
Nearly perfect: The Wild have a 10-1-0 all-time record against the Bruins, including a 6-0-0 mark in Boston. Minnesota is 36-for-36 on the penalty kill against the Bruins. The Wild’s 80 points this season are already a franchise record. The Wild are 6-1-4 in the past 11 games and 10-3-5 in the past 18.
Masked men: The Bruins’ Tuukka Rask has won five straight games. Overall, he’s 30-14-4 this season, with a 2.10 goals-against average and a .928 save percentage. He has a 1-1-0 career record, including a 1.45 GAA and a .952 SP, against the Wild. Darcy Kuemper will get the nod for the Wild in what will be his first game against the Bruins. Overall, he’s 12-4-4 with a 2.19 GAA and a .924 SP in 22 games this season. The 23-year-old netminder also has two shutouts.
Milestone: Bruins veteran Jarome Iginla will play his 1,300th career game Monday night. He will become the fifth active player to reach the milestone, joining Jaromir Jagr, Teemu Selanne, Ray Whitney and Shane Doan. Iginla will also become the 55th overall player to reach 1,300 games. The future Hall of Famer has 23 goals and 30 assists for 53 points in all 67 games for the Bruins this season.