The Atlantic Division meets the Pacific Division this evening as the Boston Bruins rumble with the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta. The Bruins enter this contest off an 8-2 home win over the Red Wings, while the Flames are off a 3-2 OT win over the Avs on the road. The Bruins won both meetings between these teams last year.
It’s Another Blowout Win For The Bruins
The Boston Bruins are one of the favorites in the Eastern Conference to make it to the Stanley Cup finals and their season started with a thud as they lost to the Capitals by a score of 7-0. Since then, have won their last four games and have outscored their foes 22-6 in the process. On a down note, those opponents were Buffalo, Ottawa, Edmonton, and Detroit, who all missed the postseason last year. Now they hope to keep it going against another team that missed the postseason last year, but it will not be that easy as the Flames are playing well and are very improved over last year. Despite the weak schedule, they are doing just what they are supposed to against those teams and that is to pound them into oblivion.
David Pastrnak has been on fire as he has scored seven goals in his last four games, including three in the win over the Red Wings. Patrice Bergeron had a nice game with three assists and now has 11 points to lead the team. Boston checks in at 2nd in the league in scoring at 4.40 gpg, while at the other end of the ice, they are 9th in goals allowed, giving up 2.60 gpg. Snatching up the win was Tuukka Rask, who stopped 32 of the 34 shots that he faced in the contest. Rask is 2-1 with a 4.07 GAA and a .881 save percentage on the year. In his lone road start, he allowed five goals on 19 shot attempts in a 7-0 loss to the Capitals. In his career, he has gone 105-94 with a 2.43 GAA and a .918 save percentage on the road and 6-3 with a 1.57 GAA and a .942 save percentage against the Flames.
Flames Take Down Avs On The Road
The Calgary Flames started their season with a loss at Vancouver, but since then they have gone a solid 3-1, which includes road wins over the Predators and Avalanche. The Flames have missed out on the postseason in seven of the last nine years and they have high hopes of getter there this year. Their offense has been upgraded and they have now scored 16 goals in their last four games. They enter off a 3-2 OT win over the Avs. Colorado had a 2-0 lead after one in that game, but the Flames fought back and tied it up with 1:54 left in regulation on a goal by Elias Lindholm, which was his 4th of the year. Johnny Gaudreau then won the game just 46 seconds into the OT period with his 2nd goal of the year.
The Flames enter this game ranked 8th in the league in scoring, putting up 3.60 gpg, while on the other end of the ice they have allowed 3.20 gpg, while is 19th in the league. Grabbing the win against the Avs was David Rittich, who allowed two goals on 24 shot attempts in his first start of the year. Mike Smith will get the nod in this one and he has gone 2-2 with a 3.57 GAA and a.881 save percentage on the year, including 1-0 with a 4.01 GAA and a .800 save percentage at home. In his career, he has gone 131-125 with a 2.55 GAA and a .916 save percentage in his home games and 3-12 with a 3.32 GAA and a .887 save percentage against the Bruins.
- 31-64 in their last 95 vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
- 6-13 in their last 19 home games
- 4-1 in their last 5 games following a win
- 4-1 their last five games in this serie