Just the Facts:
Time: 1pm EST
Place: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Place to Watch: NESN, Sportsnet
Place to Listen: 98.5 The Sports Hub.
Opposing SBNation Blog: Defending Big D
The Opposing Team:
Leading Scorer - Tyler Seguin (21g, 19a), Jamie Benn (18g, 22a), John Klingberg (6g, 34a) - 40 pts
Leading Goaltender - Ben Bishop (19-12-2, .916 SVV, 2.52 GAA)
Standings - Western Conference 2nd WC (24-17-3, 51 pts)
- Coming into this afternoon’s bout, the Stars are 6-3-1 in their last 10 games, the most recent one a 4-1 loss to Colorado. Their second game off of the bye week, this road trip for Dallas includes Detroit, Columbus and Buffalo.
- It’s clear former Bruin Tyler Seguin continues to torment Bruins fans with how much he scores. Nothing more to say here, just that Boston still misses you, Tyler.
- Alexander Radulov is clearly producing at the pace Dallas expected him to when signing him in free agency, as he’s put up 16 goals and 23 assists for 39 points. What’s disappointing is how underperforming Martin Hanzal has been this season, just 3 goals and 4 assists in 29 games.
- If the Stars go with Bishop, the former Lightning netminder doesn't have the best career splits against the Bruins, just 4-6-3 in 13 games against. Kari Lehtonen’s aren’t too much better, 9-9-0 in 18 games.
- As Jack Edwards noted at the end of the broadcast versus the Canadiens, this stretch of 12 games without a regulation loss is the longest since March 2nd-30th, 16 games with a point en route to the 2014 President’s Trophy.
- With this year’s Bruins, it’s always next line up, and as of late, the top trio of Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak is lighting up the league. In their last 5 games, the line has combined for 23 points, granted a blowout of Carolina at home inflating those numbers.
- Do we see Anton Khudobin make his return to net? He hasn’t played since that 7-1 knock around of the Hurricanes, and with two games left against Montreal this week, Rask could use as much rest as he can get.
- When will David Krejci’s line be the next one to produce? Jake DeBrusk has been quite a bright spot, and Krejci and Spooner have been serviceable in their own ways, but are they the next trio to step up or will they keep being overshadowed by even the third line of Heinen-Nash-Backes?
I don’t think the start of this game will be as wild as this, but boy, was there some bad blood between these teams.