On Wednesday, February 22, at 10:30pm ET, the Boston Bruins (30-23-6) will visit the Anaheim Ducks (31-20-10). This is Boston’s second game on their four-game road trip and the first of a back to back.
Need to know: Anaheim
Unlike the tight race in the Atlantic, the Pacific Division is a little less frantic as we head into the remaining part of the regular season. The Ducks currently sit third in the Pacific. While tied for points with Edmonton and battling for the second spot, there is a large gap between the Ducks and second wild card team, Calgary. The Flames are eight points behind with a game in hand. This will be Anaheim’s last remaining home game in the month of February. However, they have the fifth-most home games remaining in their schedule and have yet to enter their bye week. The Ducks are currently struggling to find offense. They have only scored five times in their last four games and are 2-2. While there is a large gap between them and the wild card, the Ducks are looking to get back in front of Edmonton who are tied at 72 points but have played one less game. Both teams play tonight.
This is the second game between these two teams. Anaheim came away with a 4-2 victory in the Garden, back in December. In the last 11 games between these two teams, the Ducks have commanding upper hand with a 9-1-1 record, going all the way back to the 2009-10 season.
Need to know: Boston
The Bruins are coming into this game with a four-game win streak. This is the longest winning streak this season and the 4-0 record keeps the Bs undefeated under Interim Head Coach Bruce Cassidy. After all the action last night, the Bruins are currently out of the playoffs. They are one point behind third place Toronto. There are three teams currently with 66 points in the East (FLA, NYI, BOS) but, Florida holds the last wild card spot with one less game played than the Bruins and Islanders. Florida is playing tonight as well.
The Bruins are riding hot right now with 16 goals in their last four games. This offensive surge is led by Brad Marchand (25G, 34A) and David Pastrnak (25G, 23A). The Bruins are one of two teams in the entire league with two 25-goal scorers. Winnipeg is the only other team with two players with 25 goals, with Laine and Schiefele. With such a tight race narrowing in the remaining 23 games, the Bruins need to keep the offense going strong and get a full two points tonight.
Marchand – Bergeron – Backes
Cehlarik – Krejci – Pastrnak
Vatrano – Spooner – Hayes
Schaller/Beleskey – Moore – Nash
Chara – Carlo
Krug – McQuaid
K. Miller – C. Miller
Morrow – Liles