Calgary Flames @ Boston Bruins, 5:30 PM MT, TD Garden, Boston MA
|TV: NESN, RSNW|
|Radio: Sportsnet 960|
The Flames are halfway done with their six game road trip as they make a stop in Boston to take on the Bruins. Calgary has won 3 of their last five heading in to the contest, but Boston has been nothing short of a disaster over the last 5 visits. When Calgary makes the trip to the Hub they are 1-4-0 and the Flames have been outscored 21-5, including a 9-0 whitewashing back in 2012. The Flames can look at their 2-1 record on this trip as a success, as the East hasn’t been a place they’ve played well over the last few seasons. The Flames have outscored their opponents by the slimmest of margins, 7-6, but got a shut out performance from Chad Johnson against a very good Columbus team.
The Bruins have dropped 2 straight at the hands of St. Louis and Ottawa as the Flames come to town. Prior to this little bump in the road the B’s had won 7 our of 10 in the month of November and got 2 shut out performances from Tuukka Rask. The Bruins are 4-3-0 this season at TD Garden, but the numbers do favor the Bruins. Calgary hasn’t had a wining record against the Bruins since it was the old Boston Garden in the 1980’s. Here’s how the team match-up:
|Calgary Flames||Boston Bruins|
|5th Pacific||Division||4th Atlantic|
|7th West||Conference||7th East|
|Frolik (6)||Goals||Pastrnak (10)|
|Frolik (14)||Points||Marchand (17)|
|Johnson (.922)||Save %||Rask (.942)|
|9.4 % (30th)||PP %||16.1 % (18th)|
|74.1 % (29th)||PK %||86.1 % (6th)|
|Flames: Johnson (E)||6-3-1||2.08||.922|
|Bruins: McIntyre (E)||0-2-0||4.03||.859|
Calgary Flames 2 Columbus Blue Jackets 0
The Flames last skated on Wednesday night and beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-0. Chad Johnson did what the Flames needed as he stole a game they needed to win. The Flames didn’t play their best game of the season, but strong goaltending and 2 goals were able to put them over the top. Here’s our recap, the highlights, Glen Gultuzan’s post game comments and the stats from the game.
Boston Bruins 1 Ottawa Senators 3
The Bruins have dropped 2 straight, the last to the Ottawa Senators Thursday night. Tuukka Rask let in 3 goals on 26 shots and Bruins could only must 20 shots on net. Stanley Cup Of Chowder has the recap and NHL.com has the highlights.
Players To Watch
Calgary Flames: Micheal Ferland (F). Ferland has had a very quiet and sneaky good season so far. He got his 4th goal of the season against Columbus, tying him with the 4th most points on the Flames with 9. Ferland has 4 points in the month on November, is just under at a -1 and his only 5 PIM have come this month. Ferland seems to be looking more towards the net as opposed to the penalty box this season and it has showed in his play. His 2 power play goals are tied for tops on the team.
Boston Bruins: Brad Marchand (F). Marchand dominated at the WCOH, signed a huge deal before it was over and hasn’t looked back. Marchand leads the Bruins with 18 points and is second on the team in PIM, having spent 20 minutes in the bin. He’s cooled off a bit in the Bruins last 5 with 1 goal and 1 assist, but overall in November he has 3 goals and 5 assists in 12 games.