Bruins’ longest road-trip of the season begins
The Black-and-Gold embark on their longest road trip of the season today, in Long Island, as they battle the John Tavares and the Islanders at 2 p.m. EST. Their seven-game stretch will last 12-days, all against Eastern Conference teams, and end on Tuesday, Mar. 16 against the Carolina Hurricanes.
The B’s will be competing in two sets of back-to-back games — sets 14 & 15 of 17 on the season — during this tough road-trip. Mar. 6 at the Islanders and Mar. 7 against the Penguins; Mar. 15 at New Jersey and Mar. 16 at Carolina. They hold a 5-5-3 record in game ones, and 6-5-2 in game twos in consecutive games’ sets.
Saturday, Mar. 6: Bruins @ Islanders | 2:00 p.m. EST
These two Eastern Conference teams are meeting for the fourth and final time this season. The Bruins are 1-1-1 against the Isles thus far, and have been outscored 10-7 over that three-game span. This will be the 139th meeting in their lifetime series with the Bruins having a 69-46-21-3 record and a 474-419 scoring edge.
NYI: 26-30-8, 60 points, 5th Atlantic Division, 13th Eastern Conference
- 29th w/ 75.3% success rate on the penalty kill
- 15.3% on the power play for 29th in the NHL
- 3.09 goals-against per game, 26th overall
- 25th with 2.50 goals-for per game
BOS: 28-23-11, 67 points, 3rd Northeast Division, 7th Eastern Conference
- 30th with 2.32 goals-for per game
- T-4 with 2.44 goals-against per game
- 18% on the power play for 18th in the NHL
- 1st w/ 86.4% success rate on the penalty kill
Sunday, Mar. 7: Bruins @ Penguins | 3:00 p.m. EST
The Bruins travel to the Mellon Arena to take on the Atlantic Division leaders and reigning Stanley Cup champs, the Pittsburgh Penguins. This will be the third of four meetings between the two clubs; with a 1-0-1 record for the B’s and outscoring the Pens 10-6. Boston holds a 100-51-22-3 record against Pittsburgh with a 697-549 scoring edge
PIT: 38-22-4, 80 points, 1st Atlantic Division, 2nd Eastern Conference
- 5th in the NHL with 3.06 goals-for per game
- 2.88 goals-against per game in 21st in the league
- 2oth overall in the power play, 17.3%
- 11th with an 82.9% success rate on the penalty kill
Tuesday, Mar. 9: Bruins @ Maple Leafs | 7:00 p.m. EST
This will be the fourth of six meetings between these two longtime rivals. The Bruins hold a 3-1-0 record against the Leafs this season and have outscored Toronto 15-8. In their lifetime series, the B’s are 273-253-98-5 against Toronto in 632 meetings, but have been outscored by the Maple Leafs 1,884-1,861.
TOR: [will be updated per games played] 19-32-12, 50 points, 5th Northeast Division, 15th Eastern Conference
- 72.2% success rate on the penalty kill for 3oth overall
- 26th overall with a 16.3% power play
- 3.38 goals-against per game, 29th
- 2.60 goals-for per game, 21st
Thursday, Mar. 11: Bruins @ Flyers | 7:00 p.m. EST
The Big Bad Bruins and the Broad Street Bullies will meet in their fourth-and-final game on Thursday. Boston is 1-1-1 on the season against Philadelphia, and have been outscored 8-6 over that span. This will be the 169th lifetime meeting between the two rivals, with the Bruins holding a 86-56-21-5 overall record and 551-508 scoring edge.
PHI: [will be updated] 33-26-4, 70 points, 3rd Atlantic Division, 6th Eastern Conference
- 81.2% success rate on the penalty kill for 18th overall
- 3rd overall with a 22.6% power play
- 2.70 goals-against per game, 14th
- 3.00 goals-for per game, 7th