Monday, March 27, 2023

NHL Preview: Boston Bruins (46-8-5) at Calgary Flames (27-21-12)



  • The Bruins visit the Flames tonight in the 2nd and final game between these teams this season and the Bruins’ lone visit to Scotiabank Saddledome.
  • They are 46-8-5 overall this season and they are 22-6-2 on the road … The Bruins are 21-2-2 vs Western Conference opponents.
  • The Bruins close tonight their 9th of 14 sets of back-to-back games this season … They are currently 7-0-2 in the 1st game of those sets and are 6-2-0 in the 2nd games so far.
  • The Bruins play game 4 of a 4-game road trip tonight in Calgary (3-0-0) … They next 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.


  • The Bruins have won their last 7 games with a 3-2/OT win in Dallas on 2/14, 5-0 win in Nashville on 2/16, 6-2 win vs. NY Islanders on 2/18, 3-1 victory vs Ottawa on 2/20, 6-5 win in Seattle on 2/23, 3-1 win in Vancouver on 2/25 and 3-2 win in EDM on 2/27 … They are 9-3-1 in their last 13 games and they are 19-3-1 in their last 23 contests.
  • They have won their last 6 road games and are 15-2-2 in their last 19 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 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
  • Boston 3 at Vancouver 1 … The Bruins got single goals from Hampus Lindholm (PP), Brad Marchand (GW) and Linus Ullmark (EN) with the 1st goal by a Boston goaltender in team history … Ullmark also recorded his 1st 30-win season … SOG: Bos 35, Van 27 … PP: 1/3 … PK: 0/3
  • Boston 3 at Edmonton 2 … Boston’s goals came from Tomas Nosek, Nick Foligno and Pavel Zacha and Dmitry Orlov had his first 2A as a Bruin … Jeremy Swayman earned his 3rd straight win in goal … SOG: Bos 28, Edm 24 … PP: 0/5 … PK: 0/1

INJURIES (Total man-games lost in 2022-23: 77)

  • Taylor Hall: Lower body


  • The Bruins and Flames are meeting for the 115th time in their histories with the Bruins having a 64-36-10-4 record and 391-345 scoring advantage in those games.
  • The Bruins have a 28-21-4-2 record in Calgary with the Flames having a 190-185 scoring edge in those 55 games.
  • The Bruins won the 1st game of this season’s series with a 3-1 win in Boston on 11/10.


  • The Bruins currently have 23 players on their roster … 11 were drafted by the team, 6 were acquired in trade and 6 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 7-0-2 in the 1st game of those sets and are 6-2-0 in the 2nd games so far.
  • The Bruins are playing game 10 of their 10-game February schedule today (3 hm/7 rd, 8-1-0) … 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.

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.
Feb. 25: Vinni Lettieri placed on waivers (cleared 2/26).
Feb. 25: Shane Bowers acquired from Colorado for Keith Kinkaid and assigned to Providence/AHL


February 25, 2023 – CALGARY FLAMES [1] vs. COLORADO AVALANCHE [4]
The Flames finished off a three-game road trip against the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night. Colorado would open the scoring courtesy of Nathan MacKinnon 3:05 into the game. Alex Newhook would double Colorado’s advantage just before the halfway mark of the opening frame and the score remained 2-0 Avalanche through 20. In the second, Mikko Rantanen made it 3-0 Colorado before Tyler Toffoli scored his team-leading 25th on the campaign to draw the Flames within two. However, that’s as close as Calgary would get and the Flames fell 4-1 in Denver.

CGY GOAL SCORERS: Toffoli (25)
GOALIE: Markstrom (18/22, .818 Sv%)
PP: 1/5 (20%)
PK: 3/4 (75%)

February 25, 2023 CGY [1] at COL [4] Newhook Markstrom Georgiev
February 23, 2023 CGY [3] at VGK 4 Pietrangelo Vladar Brossoit
February 22, 2023 CGY [6] at ARI [3] Pelletier Vladar Vejmelka
February 20, 2023 PHI [4] vs. CGY [3] Allison Markstrom Ersson
February 18, 2023 NYR [2] vs. CGY 3 Backlund Markstrom Halak
*shootout winning goal

February 28, 2023 7:00pm vs. Boston Bruins Scotiabank Saddledome
March 2, 2023 7:00pm vs. Toronto Maple Leafs Scotiabank Saddledome
March 4, 2023 8:00pm vs. Minnesota Wild Scotiabank Saddledome
March 6, 2023 6:30pm at Dallas Stars American Airlines Center
March 7, 2023 6:00pm at Minnesota Wild Xcel Energy Center

This is the second and final matchup this season between the Flames and Bruins. The Flames fell 3-1 in the clubs’ first meeting back in November. This is a Pacific Division versus Atlantic Division matchup; The Flames have an overall record of 4-6-3 against Atlantic Division opponents this season and a record of 11-11-7 against Eastern Conference opponents. 0

The Flames faced Boston at the end of their first Eastern road trip at TD Garden back on November 10th. The Flames came out of the gates hot with Noah Hanifin scoring his first of the year on a shot from the point. The Bruins would respond with Connor Clifton scoring later in the period and the teams were knotted at one after 20. Boston would score the only goal of the second period thanks to Charlie McAvoy and that would end up being the game winner as Boston would add an empty netter in the third to hang on 3-1.

The Flames struck on the power play in every game during their three-game road trip, with a 35.7% power play percentage. That mark is the fourth-best in the league since February 22nd , and they scored a season-high three times on the power play in Arizona marking the first time they have struck thrice on the man-advantage in a game since January 16th, 2021 against Vancouver. Tyler Toffoli currently leads the Flames in power play goals (9) and power play points (19).

40-63-10-1 23-27-4-1 17-36-6-0 3-6-1 L2

Calgary Flames vs. Boston Bruins
7:00pm MT
Scotiabank Saddledome
TV: Sportsnet one, Sportsnet West
Radio: Sportsnet Fan 960

2022-23 Season Series: 0-1-0 (Home: 0-0-0, Road 0-0-0)
Nov. 10, 2022 – CGY [1] at BOS [3]
Feb. 28, 2023 – BOS at CGY

2021-22 Season Record vs. BOS: 1-1-0 (Home: 0-1-0, Road: 1-0-0)
Last Home Win vs. BOS: October 17, 2018 – Boston [2] vs. Calgary [5]
Last Road Win @ BOS November 21, 2021 – Calgary [4] at Boston [0]
Last Home Loss vs. BOS: December 11, 2021 – Boston [4] vs. Calgary [2]
Last Road Loss @ BOS: November 10, 2022 – Calgary [1] at Boston [3]

Jan. 27 – placed Chris Tanev (D) on IR; activated Brett Ritchie (F) from IR
Jan. 28 – reassigned Walker Duehr (F), Jakob Pelletier (F) and Dennis Gilbert (D) to Calgary (AHL)
Feb. 5 – recalled Jakob Pelletier (F) and Dennis Gilbert (D) from Calgary (AHL)
Feb. 6 – activated Chris Tanev (D) from IR
Feb. 21 – recalled Walker Duehr (F) from Calgary (AHL); placed Michael Stone (D) on IR

FLAMES RECENT INJURIES (Total man games lost – 46)
Noah Hanifin – illness (1 game: Oct. 21)
Chris Tanev – upper-body (5 games: Nov. 3 – Nov. 10)
Jonathan Huberdeau – upper-body (3 games: Nov. 8 – Nov. 12)
Michael Stone – lower-body (11 games: Nov. 7 – Nov. 25)
MacKenzie Weegar – non-COVID illness (1 game: Dec. 12)
Elias Lindholm – upper-body injury (1 game: Dec. 12)
Chris Tanev – upper-body injury (3 games: Dec. 14 – Dec. 18)
Radim Zohorna – non-COVID illness (1 game: Dec. 18)
Dennis Gilbert – lower-body injury (4 games: Dec. 20 – Dec. 27)
Brett Ritchie – upper-body injury (8 games: Jan. 8 – Jan. 26)
Chris Tanev – injury reserve (2 games: Jan. 26 – Jan. 27)
Rasmus Andersson – day-to-day (3 games: Feb. 9 – Feb. 13)
Michael Stone – lower-body injury (3 games: Feb. 22 – Feb. 25)

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