Game #54: Edmonton Oilers (18-32-6) vs. Boston Bruins (34-16-3)
Location: TD Garden
Time: 1 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN/98.5 The Sports Hub
The B’s and Oilers will square off for the second and final time in a special Saturday afternoon matinee. Boston defeated Edmonton at Rexall Place 4-2 back on Dec. 12. Jarome Iginla netted two scores in the game while David Perron had a pair as well for Edmonton.
Oilers goalie Ben Scrivens is fresh off one of the single most remarkable individual efforts in NHL history. Scrivens stopped 59 shots in a a shutout victory over the San Jose Sharks earlier this week. Boston will surely be tested if Scrivens gets the nod in goal.
Edmonton’s stop in Boston marks the first game of a four-game road trip leading into the Sochi Winter Olympic break. They are 4-5-1 in their last 10 games.
Meanwhile, the Bruins will look to avenge a disappointng 4-1 loss suffered at the hands of Montreal on Thursday. Tuukka Rask was pulled in defeat.
The Bruins blasted Philadelphia 6-1 last Saturday in an afternoon matinee. They’ll certainly be looking to emulate such a performance against a youthful Oiler club.
Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and David Perron headline the Edmonton offensive attack. They each possess elite scoring abilities and all have double-digit goal and assist totals. Hall leads the team with 54 points.
Tuukka Rask will likely be in net for the Bruins and he’ll surely be motivated to put his prior game’s efforts in the past. Although it wouldn’t come as a shock if Chad Johnson got the nod. He recorded 39 saves against the Oilers earlier in the year.
Former Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference will make his return to the Garden for the first time since leaving via free agency this past offseason. The veteran blue liner will undoubtedly receive a warm welcome as he was a fan favorite for years.
Expect the Bruins to sure up their decision making, their skating game and puck management skills in this tilt. They were lacking in those areas against the Canadiens and it cost them.