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NHL Preview: Boston Bruins (44-8-5) at Vancouver Canucks (23-30-5)

BOSTON BRUINS NOTES:

TONIGHT’S GAME

  • The Bruins visit the Canucks tonight in the 2nd and final game between these teams this season and the Bruins’ lone visit to Rogers Arena.
  • The Bruins are 44-8-5 overall this season and they are 20-6-2 on the road … The Bruins are 19-2-2 vs Western Conference opponents.
  • The Bruins play game 2 of a four-game road trip tonight in Vancouver (1-0-0), continuing in Edmonton on 2/27 and Calgary on 2/28 … They will then return to Boston for a 4-game home stand, hosting Buffalo on 3/2, NY Rangers on 3/4, Edmonton on 3/9 and Detroit on 3/11.

RECENT GAMES:

  • The Bruins have won their last 5 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, 3-1 victory vs Ottawa on 2/20 and 6-5 win in Seattle on 2/23 … They are 7-3-1 in their last 11 games and they are 17-3-1 in their last 21 contests.
  • They have won their last 4 road games and are 13-2-2 in their last 17 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 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
  • Boston 6 at Seattle 5 … The Bruins had two-point games from David Krejci, David Pastrnak, Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron (1-1=2 totals each), Hampus Lindholm and Charlie McAvoy (2A each) …Brandon Carlo and Jake Debrusk scored each in the last 16:19 of the 3rd period for the win … Jeremy Swayman tied a season-high of 41 shots against in the win … SOG: Bos 33, Sea 41 … PP: 0/1 … PK: 1/4

INJURIES (Total man-games lost in 2022-23: 76)

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

BOSTON vs VANCOUVER, LIFETIME SERIES

  • The Bruins and Canucks are meeting for the 127th time in their histories with the Bruins having a 76-32-15-3 record and 492-361 scoring advantage in those games.
  • The Bruins have a 31-21-8-2 record in Vancouver with a 235-205 sc0ring edge in those 62 games.
  • The Bruins won the 1st game of this season’s series with a 5-2 win in Boston on 11/13

FUN FACTS

  • The Bruins currently have 24 players on their roster (2 on IR) … 11 were drafted by the team, 6 were acquired in trade and 7 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 8 of their 10-game February schedule today (3 hm/7 rd, 6-1-0) … 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.

RECENT TRANSACTIONS
Jan. 23: Marc McLaughlin recalled from Providence/AHL.
Jan. 30: Joona Koppanen and Marc McLaughlin returned to Providence/AHL.
Jan. 31: Jakub Lauko and Vinni Lettieri recalled from Providence/AHL.
Feb. 2: Jakub Lauko returned to Providence/AHL.
Feb. 9: Jakub Lauko recalled from Providence/AHL.
Feb. 17: Jakub Lauko returned to Providence/AHL.
Feb. 23: Dmitry Orlov and Garnet Hathaway acquired from Washington for Craig Smith, 2023 first round draft pick,
2025 second round draft pick and 2024 third round draft pick.
Feb. 23: Rights to Andrei Svetlakov acquired from Minnesota for 2023 fifth round draft pick.

VANCOUVER CANUCKS NOTES:

CANUCKS vs BRUINS
TV: Sportsnet Pacific, Sportsnet West, CITY, NESN
Radio: Sportsnet 650

MATCH-UP INFO
• Today marks the second and final meeting of the season between the Canucks and the Bruins: Nov. 13 (5-2 L @ BOS) and Feb. 25 (home).
• Vancouver is 35-74-15-2 all-time against Boston, including a 23-30-8-1 record at home.
• The Canucks are 5-5-0 in their last 10 games against the Bruins, including 2-3-0 in their last five.
• Luke Schenn leads all active Canucks skaters in games played (40) against the Bruins (3-13-16 in those games).
• J.T. Miller has 18 points (7-11-18) in 25 career games against Boston to lead all active Canucks.
• Brock Boeser has five points (1-4-5) in seven career games against Boston.
• Quinn Hughes has four points (0-4-4) in five career games against Boston.
• Collin Delia is 0-1-0 in one career game against Boston.
• Arturs Silovs has yet to face the Bruins in his career.

QUICK NUMBERS
• Elias Pettersson has 23 points (10-13-23) in his last 14 games.
• J.T. Miller has 12 points (2-10-12) in his last 10 games.
• Quinn Hughes has nine points (1-8-9) in his last eight games.
• Brock Boeser has nine points (1-8-9) in his last 10 games.
• Conor Garland has seven points (3-4-7) in his last nine games.
• Anthony Beauvillier has seven points (4-3-7) in his last seven games.
• Andrei Kuzmenko has seven points (5-2-7) in his last five games.

LAST MEETING – NOV. 13/22: VAN 2 at BOS 5
J.T. Miller scored on the power play for his ninth goal of the season to tie the game at one 9:05 into the game…Quinn Hughes and Brock Boeser picked up the assists…Hughes extended his personal point streak to 10 games on the goal…Sheldon Dries scored his first goal and second power play point of the season just 4:34 into the third period…Bo Horvat and Luke Schenn tied for the team lead with five shots on goal…Schenn and Miller tied for the team lead in hits with four…Thatcher Demko faced 32 shots.

2022.23 TEAM RANKS
VAN BOS
Goals For/Game 3.36 (10th) 3.75 (2nd)
Goals Against/Game 3.98 (31st) 2.11 (1st)
Power Play % 23.0 (11th) 23.7 (7th)
Penalty Kill % 66.3 (32nd) 86.2 (1st)
Penalty Min./Game 9:09 (20th) 10:14 (23rd)
*Rankings are accurate as of 7:30am PT on February 25, 2023

LAST GAME PLAYED – FEB. 23/23: VAN 3 at STL 2 (OT)
J.T. Miller brought the Canucks within one with his first shorthanded goal of the season just past the nine-minute mark of the third period…Elias Pettersson recorded the only assist…Andrei Kuzmenko tied the game with 28.6 seconds left in regulation…Pettersson and Miller had the assists…Pettersson scored his third overtime winner of the season with 15 seconds left in the extra frame… Anthony Beauvillier and Ethan Bear recorded the assists…Pettersson set a career-high with 10 shots on goal…Jack Studnicka and Kyle V Burroughs both led the team with two hits…Burroughs and Tyler Myers co-led the team with three blocked shots…Arturs Silovs made 20 saves.

LAST 5 vs BOSTON
• Nov. 13/22: VAN 2 @ BOS 5
• Dec. 8/21: VAN 2 vs BOS 1 (SO)
• Nov. 28/21: VAN 2 @ BOS 3
• Feb. 22/20: VAN 9 vs BOS 3
• Feb. 4/20: VAN 0 @ BOS 4

RECENT TRANSACTIONS
• Aatu Räty and Guillaume Brisebois recalled from Abbotsford, Feb. 22
• Phillip Di Giuseppe assigned to Abbotsford, Feb. 22
• Oliver Ekman-Larsson placed on injured reserve, Feb. 21
• William Lockwood activated from injured reserve and assigned to Abbotsford, Feb. 20

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