The Bruins open up a three-game road trip tonight against the Western Conference’s California clubs. Tonight, at 10pm EST, the Black and Gold square-off against the 12th place Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center – followed by a trip to the hp Pavilion to face Joe Thornton and the San Jose Sharks tomorrow night – and conclude the West Coast battle against the L.A. Kings at the Staples Center on Saturday night.
Boston and Anaheim will be facing each other for the 22nd time in their lifetime history – with the B’s holding a 11-8-2-0 winning margin, and outscoring the Ducks 59-53.
This is the second, and final, contest between these two teams. Despite outshooting Anaheim 34-30, Boston got stomped by the Ducks 6-1 in their first meeting on Oct. 8. The Ducks will try to make it five-in-a-row tonight, as the Bruins look to snap a two-game losing streak.
The Bruins will be competing in their 10th of 17 games played back-to-back in consecutive nights. They hold a 5-2-2 record in games ones, and a 4-4-1 record in games twos.
Home Team (13-8-2 @ home): Anaheim Ducks: 20-19-7, 47 points, 12th Western Conference, 5th Pacific Division, 4-1-0 last five
Corey Perry 18-27-45 season totals
2-2-4, plus-2, 14 shots on goal in his last four games.
Ryan Getzlaf: 11-33-44 season totals
1-2-3, plus-2, 11 shots on goal in his last four.
Saku Koivu: 10-18-28
2-3-5, plus-7, 6 shots on goal in his last four contests.
Jonas Hiller: 4-1-0 in his last five with a whopping .958 save-percentage, and a 1.40 goals-against average.
Injuries: Joffrey Lupul [back] and George Parros [hand] IR.
Away Team (9-7-4 away): Boston Bruins: 22-15-7, 51 points, 5th Eastern Conference, 2nd Northeast Division, 2-3-0 last five