Game#68: Minnesota Wild (35-22-10) vs. Boston Bruins (45-17-5)
Location: TD Garden, Boston
Time: 7:00 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN/98.5 The Sports Hub
The Boston Bruins will put their nine game winning streak on the line Monday night against the Minnesota Wild. Boston has been on a roll, continuing to pick up steam game after game. This meeting marks the first game between the two sides since November of 2012. Boston and Minnesota will play again on Apr. 8.
Minnesota has never lost at TD Garden. They have also beaten the Bruins in 10 out the 11 all-time meetings. The Bruins are 9-2-0 in their last 11 games at the Garden. Something will have to give between these two heavyweights.
Boston is amidst it’s longest winning streak since 2011. The Wild have not been as dominant as the Bruins, but they have points in four straight games, and are holding on to one of the final playoffs spots in the Western Conference.
The Wild are in desperation mode. Every point matters to them and they’ll certainly be prepared to duke out it for 60 minutes with the black-and-gold. Boston on the other hand is not focused on their streak. They are striving to improve each game, in an effort to avoid peeking prematurely.
Milan Lucic is on a four-game point streak. Jarome Iginla has tallied four markers in last four games. David Krejci has four assists in his last five games. Tuukka Rask has won five straight starts and will most likely be in net for Boston.
Minnesota is led offensively by Zach Parise. Parise has points in 11 of his last 13 games. Jason Pominiville leads the club in scoring with 25 goals and 22 assists. He has three goals in his last five games.
Boston currently sits atop the Eastern Conference with 95 points.