December 10th, 2013 by

Bruins set upon first trip out West: Boston at Calgary

https://www.bruinsdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/IGINLA-1.jpgBruins set upon first trip out West: Boston at Calgary

For the first time since being traded at last season’s trade deadline, Jarome Iginla will face the Calgary Flames. As a result of the lockout, Eastern Conference teams didn’t face off against Western Conference opponents during the regular season, trumping any possible return to Calgary for Iginla last season.

As the injuries continue to pile up, so do Bruins victories who have won seven out of their last ten games, including eight games in which they picked up at least a point. For Calgary, this season marks a stark contrast from years past. Even though the Flames rank towards the bottom of the Western Conference standings, Jay Feaster’s group has picked up a point in six out of their last ten games, including victories in three out of their last four games played.

With the Bruins heading out on their first West Coast trip of the season, let’s take a look at how the two teams matchup.

Boston Bruins (20-8-2) |1st in Atlantic Division |2nd in Eastern Conference at Calgary Flames (11-14-4) |6th in Pacific Division |13th in Western Conference)

Start: 9:30pm EST

TV Broadcast: NESN, TSN

Radio Broadcast: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Team GF/G GA/G PP% PK% 5-on-5 GF/GA Ratio vs. Opposing Conference
Boston  11th  1st  14th  6th  6th  2-1-2
Calgary  18th  28th  24th  17th  25th  5-2-2

*Based off NHL Rankings

Last 10 Games Played:

Boston: 7-2-1

Calgary: 5-4-1

Top Scorers

 Boston Bruins

Goals

Assists

Points

+/-

Special Teams Points

David Krejci

5

19

24

+12

7

Milan Lucic

11

13

24

+11

6

Reilly Smith

6

14

20

+4

5

Jarome Iginla

6

11

17

+12

2

 

 Calgary Flames

Goals

Assists

Points

+/-

Special Teams Points

Jiri Hudler

8

19

27

0

6

Mike Cammalleri

10

5

15

-10

3

Sean Monahan

9

6

15

-7

4

Kris Russell

4

11

15

+6

4

Goaltending Matchup

W/L/OTL

GAA

Save %

Shutouts

Tuukka Rask

15-7-2

1.91

.934%

2

Reto Berra

4-6-2

3.28

.894%

0

 

Player to watch

BOS: Jarome Iginla

- There isn’t a professional sporting event out there tonight that’s donning a spotlight “On an individual athlete brighter than in Calgary, where Jarome Iginla is set..” to make his homecoming. After spending 16 seasons in Calgary, including a captaincy reign from 2003-2013, the future Hall-of-Fame winger will make his first appearance in front of a loyal fan base that witnessed over 500 career NHL goals from the 36-year-old. With the bright spotlight, come raw emotions that might overwhelm a player short on experience, but not for an 18-year NHL veteran like Iginla… Look for #12 to register a couple of points tonight.

CGY: Jiri Hudler

- A lot can be said about the lack of scoring production from Calgary’s forwards, but Flames center Jiri Hudler is certainly justifying the 4-year, $16-million contract he signed last season. Not only does Hudler seemingly lead all Flames forwards in just about every statistical category out there, he’s also their hottest forward. Heading into Tuesday night’s battle against the Bruins, the former Red Wing tallied two goals and six assists over his last ten games, including four points over his last three games played.

 

Stats, Not Opinion

11Excluding Detroit, Columbus and Winnipeg from the sample, Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask is a career 11-6-5 against Western Conference foes with a 1.87 GAA, .936 SV% and three shutouts.

0- The number of goals allowed by Rask in his career against the Flames(60 minutes and counting).

10- The total number of Bruins listed on the injury report heading into Tuesday night.

Chara(Flu), Ericsson(Concussion), Boychuk(Back), McQuaid(Groin), Paille(Upper Body), Hamilton(Lower Body) Miller(Upper Body/Flu), Campbell(Flu), N.Johnson(Flu), Savard(Concussion).

9- The total amount of goals scored the last time Boston played Calgary with the Bruins scoring all nine goals on January 5, 2011 in a regular season meeting at the TD Garden.

1- In the nine games Calgary’s played against Eastern Conference opponents this season, seven games have been decided by only one goal.

Vegas Line

BOS (-160) at CGY (+140) | OU 5.5

(Via: Bovada.lv)

Odds-on favorite?

(Via: SportsInsights.com)

(Via: SportsInsights.com’s Bet Labs Software)

 

 

 

 

 

- Even though the Bruins have far greater wins than losses as favorites of -145 or greater since 2005-2006, history shows you’d actually be down $905 total if you wagered 100$ on every occurrence.

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