Bruins begin West Coast trip with stop in Anaheim

The Bruins won't have much time to hang out with Mickey or any of their other favorite cartoon characters on this trip to California as the B's will play three games in the next four nights, with the Ducks, Sharks, and Kings all on the schedule. The banged-up B's start things off tonight when they face the red hot Anaheim Ducks. The Ducks are currently riding a 4-game win streak, while the Bruins enter tonight's game on a 2-game skid.

Know Your Enemy

Anaheim Ducks (20-19-7)

Head Coach: Randy Carlyle

SB Nation's Ducks Blogs: Anaheim Calling (Ducks Blog) & Battle of Californiaa (All Things Ducks, Sharks, & Kings)

Leading Goal Scorer:


Bobby Ryan

#9 / Right Wing / Anaheim Ducks

6-2

208

Mar 17, 1987



G A P +/- PIM
2009 - Bobby Ryan 20 16 36 2 24

 

Projected Starting Goaltenders


Tuukka Rask

#40 / Goalie / Boston Bruins

6-3

169

Mar 10, 1987



GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2009 - Tuukka Rask 18 1031 10 4 33 1.92 495 462 .933 2

 


Jonas Hiller

#1 / Goalie / Anaheim Ducks

6-2

193

Feb 12, 1982



GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2009 - Jonas Hiller 31 1765 16 12 80 2.72 979 899 .918 1

 

Injury Report


Boston Bruins Injuries

Probable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Byron Bitz back 01/13/2010

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Andrew Ference groin 01/06/2010
Patrice Bergeron thumb 01/05/2010
Mark Stuart sternum 12/15/2009
Marc Savard knee 01/07/2010


Anaheim Ducks Injuries

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Joffrey Lupul back 12/09/2009
George Parros hand 01/10/2010

 

Notes:

- Tuukka Rask was the first goalie off the ice for the B's at the morning skate, which means he will probably get the nod in goal tonight.

- These two teams met once this season back on October 8th in Boston. The Ducks handed the B's an embarrassing 6-1 loss.

- Byron Bitz, Patrice Bergeron, and Mark Stuart all traveled with the team on the road trip. Bitz is expected to be back in the lineup tonight, while Stuart could see game action by the end of the trip. Bergeron is not expected to play during the West Coast swing but could be back in the lineup as early as Monday.

- Although Bitz is back in the lineup, those who were looking to see one of the most educated fights in NHL history will have to wait, as fellow Ivy Leaguer George Parros is on the shelf with a hand injury.

- The Ducks have been a very tough team to play against at the Honda Center (or Ponda Center as Ducks fans have started calling it). They have won 5 straight at home and are 8-0-2 in their last 10 home games.

- The Ducks are an amazing 25% on the power play during home games this year.

- The Ducks are really trying to shake that Disney image:

 

- For more on tonight's game (and the Conan O'Brien saga) check out the newest addition to SB Nation Hockey Anaheim Calling and for even more on tonight's game plus kick ass cartoons and nicknames like Battlestar Getzlaftica and the Sex Offender, check out Battle of California.

- Game starts at 10:00 ET and can be seen on NESN. The Public Skate (open thread) starts right here at 9:30.

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