The Boston Bruins (29-15-7) play host to the Pacific Division-leading Dallas Stars (30-16-5) in their first and only meeting of the 2010-11 NHL season tonight at 7:00 p.m. inside the TD Garden.
This will mark the 126th contest in the history of these two clubs, with the Bruins having a 73-27-23-2 record against the Stars, and a
488-328 scoring edge. The B’s are 42-9-10-1 in their 62 home games vs. Dallas — including 2-0-1-1 record in their last four home meetings — and hold a 264-149 scoring edge in those contests.
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Dallas: Andrew Raycroft, 8-4-2, 2.42 GAA, .920 SV%, 2 SO
Boston: Tuukka Rask, 4-10-1, 2.67 GAA, .923 SV%, 1 SO
Dallas: Richards, 20-38–58
Boston: Bergeron, 17-24–41
Bruins defenseman Mark Stuart will be a healthy scratch for the fifth-straight game. The Bruins’ No. 91 Marc Savard will obviously be out (for a while) after sustaining another mild concussion. But the team’s focus tonight will on No. 91 in another black jersey, center Brad Richards. Richards, the perennial 60-plus-point skater and two-time 90-plus point scorer, is the team leader in assists (38), points (58 in 51 games), shots (189), power play points (23) and shootouts (4-for-8, 50%).
This Stars team has two other 20-goal scorers: 23-year-old James Neal (20) and veteran Brenden Morrow (21).
Dallas still employs Steve Ott (117 PIM this season) who is no stranger to the Bruins and fans of the Hub. The last time this team, and this guy, came into The Hub, fans who were in attendance hit the jackpot when they purchased their tickets to that Nov. 1, 2008 game like hitting it big when you play online roulette — not only watching the B’s beat the Stars 5-1, but watching what unfolded (over 100 PIM) in the third period. Boston went on to win 13- out of their next 15 after that memorable game. So the chances are good that the boo-birds will be out tonight every time No. 29 touches the puck.