Scouting Report: Boston Bruins
CALGARY, AB -- Not much has changed in the seven days since the Boston Bruins last squared off against the Calgary Flames. The Bruins, who serve as the reigning Eastern Conference champions, remain one of the National Hockey League’s elite with a 22-9-2 record. Their 46 points are second only to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the East, though Boston does have one game at hand.
This Season: 22-9-2, 42 points (2nd in East)
Last Season: 28-14-6, 62 points (4th in East)
Notable Additions: RW Loui Eriksson, RW Matt Fraser, RW Jarome Iginla, G Chad Johnson, RW Nick Johnson, RW Reilly Smith
Notable Subtractions: D Andrew Ference, RW Nathan Horton, RW Jaromir Jagr, G Anton Khudobin, LW Jay Pandolfo, D Wade Redden, RW Tyler Seguin, RW Jamie Tardiff
Flames Season Series Record: 0-1-0
Second on the team in goals (9) and third in points (23), Smith has been more than expected when acquired alongside Loui Eriksson in exchange for Tyler Seguin. He’s been particularly hot of late, too, recording four goals and two assists in his past five games.
After entering the game against Calgary a week ago on a four-game point scoring streak, Lucic saw the run snapped against the Flames and has been held off the score sheet since. The 6-foot-3, 235-pound winger is still dangerous, though, pacing the Bruins with 11 goals this year.
THREE PLAYERS TO WATCH
Iginla, who celebrated his return to Calgary a week ago, could be questionable for the rematch in Boston. The 36-year-old injured his left ring finger in a fight with Vancouver Canucks pivot Ryan Kesler. Should he play against the Flames, Iginla will look to build on his eight goals and 19 assists this season.
Though he’s coming off a rough outing against the Vancouver Canucks, Rask has been stellar for the Bruins this season. The 26-year-old keeper has an 16-8-2 record with a 1.98 goals against average and .932 save percentage. He also made 26 stops a week ago in Boston’s 2-1 win over the Flames.
Recalled earlier in December with a rash of injuries to the Bruins, Spooner has had two opportunities to showcase his wares in Boston. He’s played four games in his most recent recall, earning an assist that came against the Flames. He also had two points in two games in a previous call-up this year.