Wednesday, March 29, 2023
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NHL Preview: Boston Bruins (43-8-5) at Seattle Kraken (32-19-6)



  • The Bruins visit the Kraken tonight in the 2nd and final game between these teams this season and the Bruins’ lone visit to Climate Pledge Arena.
  • The Bruins are 43-8-5 overall this season and they are 19-6-2 on the road … The Bruins are 18-2-2 vs western Conference opponents.
  • The Bruins open a four-game road trip tonight in Seattle, continuing in Vancouver on 2/25, Edmonton on 2/27 and Calgary on 2/28.


  • The Bruins have won their last four games with a 3-2/OT win in Dallas on 2/14, 5-0 win in Nashville on 2/16, and 6-
    2 win vs. NY Islanders on 2/18 and 3-1 victory vs Ottawa on 2/20 … They are 6-3-1 in their last 10 games and they
    are 16-3-1 in their last 19 contests.
  • They are 12-2-2 in their last 16 road games, including a 9-0-1 road point streak from 12/11-1/24.
  • The Bruins are 5-2-0 in their last 7 home games … That followed a 22-game home unbeaten at 19-0-3 and a 14-game home win streak, the longest from the start of a season in league history and longest point streak from a season’s start in Boston annals … It was also their fourth longest home point streak overall in team history.
  • Boston 5 at Nashville 0 … Patrice Bergeron (1-1=2 totals) and Hampus Lindholm and Nick Foligno (2A each) had multiple points, while Brad Marchand (GW), Craig Smith and Derek Forbort scored single goals … Jeremy Swayman had 28 saves for his 7th career shutout … SOG: Bos 30, Nsh 28 … PP: 1/4 … PK: 0/3
  • Boston 6 vs NY Islanders 2 … The Bruins had 2G from Trent Frederic, 1-1=2 totals each from Nick Foligno and Jake DeBrusk, and 2A from Charlie McAvoy, along with goals from Pavel Zacha and Patrice Bergeron … Linus Ullmak earned the win in net … SOG: Bos 27, NYI 28 … PP: 1/3 … PK: 0/2
  • Boston 3 vs Ottawa 1 … Jake DeBrusk scored the game’s 1st goal, David Pastrnak scored his 40th and 41st goals of the season, and Charlie McAvoy had all 3A … Linus Ullmark had consecutive wins in goal … SOG: Bos 32, Ott 31 … PP: 0/4 … PK: 0/3

INJURIES (Total man-games lost in 2022-23: 74)

  • Tomas Nosek: Non-displaced fracture in left foot
  • Vinni Lettieri: Lower body injury suffered in practice


  • The Bruins and Kraken are meeting for the 4th time in their histories with the Bruins having a 2-1-0 record and Seattle having a 7-6 scoring edge in those games.
  • The Bruins won the first road game between these teams with a 3-2 win on 2/24/2022 in Seattle..


  • The Bruins currently have 23 players on their roster (2 on IR) … 9 were drafted by the team, 4 were acquired in trade and 10 were signed as free agents.
  • The Bruins play 16 matinees this season (local start time 4:00 pm or earlier) … They have a 6-1-1 record in afternoon games so far.
  • The Bruins play 14 sets of back-to-back games this season … They are currently 6-0-2 in the 1st game of those sets and are 6-2-0 in the 2nd games so far.
  • The Bruins are playing game 7 of their 10-game February schedule today (3 hm/7 rd, 5-1-0) … They will play 15 in March (9 hm/6 rd) and 7 in April (3 hm/4 rd) … They went 8-1-0 in October, 11- 2-0 in November, 9-1-4 in December and 10-3-1 in January.

Feb. 17: Jakub Lauko returned to Providence/AHL.


Seattle 0 at San Jose 4
Goals: N/A
Goalie: Jones (19/23)
PP: 0/2 PK: 2/2 Shots: Seattle 26 – San Jose 23

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 153)
Chris Driedger (ACL; IR) – 57 games – month-to-month
Joonas Donskoi (upper body; IR) – 57 games – no timeline for return
Andre Burakovsky (lower body) – 7 games – week-to-week
Feb. 17, 2023: Reassigned F John Hayden to Coachella Valley (AHL)
Feb. 22, 2023: Recalled F Jesper Froden from Coachella Valley (AHL)

Sunday, Feb. 26: Toronto at Seattle, 4 p.m. PT
Tuesday, Feb. 28: Seattle at St. Louis, 5 p.m. PT
Thursday, March 2: Seattle at Detroit, 4:30 p.m. PT
Friday, March 3: Seattle at Columbus, 4 p.m. PT
Sunday, March 5: Seattle at Colorado, 6 p.m.

• Tonight’s matchup is the final of two games the Kraken will play against the Bruins this season and the first time the teams are playing in Seattle this year.

• A win tonight would make the Kraken the third team this season (Florida, Ottawa) to defeat the Bruins twice and the second team (Ottawa) to do so in consecutive games.

• A Kraken win would also give the team its fourth sweep of the season, having previously swept the Buffalo Sabres, Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins. It would also make Seattle the first team to sweep Boston in a season series this year.

• The Kraken, who previously defeated the Bruins 3-0 on Jan. 12, remain the only team to shutout Boston in a game this season.

• Jaden Schwartz has 13 points (six goals, seven assists) in 13 career games against the Bruins.

• Jordan Eberle has seven points (three goals, four assists) in his last five games played.

• Matty Beniers has four points (one goal, three assists) in his last three games played.

• Entering play Wednesday, the Kraken were leading the league in both five-on-five goals (144) and five-on-five goals per game (2.53) this season. Seattle has scored 73.1 percent of its goals this year at five-on-five, the highest mark of any team.

• Jared McCann (1.85) was leading the NHL in goals-per-60 at five-on-five this season among players that have played in at least seven games this year entering play Wednesday.

• Entering play Wednesday, Adam Larsson, the Islanders’ Alexander Romanov and the Rangers’ Jacob Trouba were the only three players to have at least 150 hits and 100 blocks this season.

• The Kraken have played 13 games this season in which they have had at least five different goal scores.

• Since the start of the New Year, the Kraken are tied for second the league in wins (14) and tied for fourth in points (30). The team’s 80 goals rank third in the league since Jan. 1.

• Despite only playing in 57 games this season, the Kraken are the first team to have scored at least eight goals in a game four different times since the Pittsburgh Penguins also had four eight-goal games in 2011-12.

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