The Boston Bruins enter this week sitting second in the Northeast Division, sixth in the Eastern Conference, and seventh overall in the NHL with a 16-8-4 record (36 points).
Here’s a brief week-end wrap-up and a look at the week ahead, along with team- and league-leaders.
TWO OUT OF THREE AIN’T BAD:
The B’s gained five of a possible six points last week (2-0-1) against Eastern Conference opponents, all at home; defeating the Buffalo Sabres in 3-2 in overtime; sinking the N.Y. Islanders 5-2 on Thursday night; and dropping a heartbreaker in OT to the Philadelphia Flyers, 2-1, on Saturday.
Milan Lucic (3-1-4) and David Krejci (0-4-4) led the team with their four respective points in three games played last week; Zdeno Chara had 13 shots on goal; and Johnny Boychuk topped the team with seven blocked shots. Patrice Bergeron was en fuego inside the face-off circle, winning 37-of-50 draws for a whopping 74%. He is now in the top-20 in the league with a 54.4 winning percentage in 510 (12th) total face-offs.
Defenseman Steven Kampfer was recalled on an emergency basis — with Mark Stuart out 4-6 weeks — and made his NHL debut on Thursday night against the Islanders. The 22-year-old finished with zero points in two games last week, but posted four hits, four shots on goal, and six blocked shots (5 on Saturday).
WHEELIN’ AND DEALIN’:
The Bruins made three separate trades last week: two transactions that sent three AHL players from Providence — Levi Nelson to Tampa Bay Lightning, and Jeff LoVecchio and Jordan Knacksted to Florida — for minor leaguers Juraj Simek and D Sean Zimmerman. Marco Sturm was officially dealt to the LA Kings, for nothing, just minutes before the Bruins hosted the Flyers on Saturday night.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN:
Wednesday, 12/15: At Buffalo…Bruins are 2-0-0 against the Sabres this season…a 5-2 win in Buffalo on Nov. 3, and 3-2 OT in Boston last Tuesday night…Thomas posted both W’s
Thursday, 12/16: AT Montreal…Boston is 0-1-0 against the Habs this season…a 3-1 loss (Rask) on Nov. 11…Rask with the L
Saturday, 12/18: home vs. Washington for the fourth-and-final meeting this season…Bruins are 2-1-0 versus the Caps thus far…3-1 win in Washington on Oct. 19 (Thomas)…4-1 victory on Oct. 21 in Boston (Thomas)…5-3 loss (Rask) in Washington.
- The Bruins have 15 sets of three games in four nights this season …They have a 5-0-0 record in the first game, a 3-2-0 record in the second game, and a 1-1-3 mark in the third contest of those series … 3 of their 4 overtime/shootout games this season have been the third game of a 3-in-4 scenario
- The Bruins have 14 sets of consecutive-night games this season …They have a 3-2-0 record in the first game of those series with a 3-1-1 mark in game twos
- Goals: 15, Lucic
- Assists: 16, Krejci
- Points: 26, Lucic
- Plus/Minus: Plus-17, Horton
- PIM: 55, Thornton
- Shots on goal: 92, Chara
IN THE LEAGUE:
- Plus/Minus: Horton (T-2) plus-17; Ference, Chara and Lucic (T-4) plus-15
- Goals: Lucic (9th) 15
- Shorthanded goals: Marchand (T-1) 3
- TOI: Chara (3rd) 26:44
- Blocked shots: Seidenberg (12th) 66
- Wins: Thomas (3rd) 15
- GAA: Thomas (1st) 1.51
- SV%: Thomas (1st) .954
- SO: Thomas (1st) 5
- Penalty-kill: (3rd) 87.2%
- Goals-against: (1st) 1.89 per game/53 total
- Goals-for: (12th) 2.89 per game/81 total
Plus/Minus: (T-2) plus-22