Game #73: Chicago Blackhawks (42-16-15) vs. Boston Bruins (49-17-6)
Location: TD Garden, Boston
Time: 7:00 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN/98.5 The Sports Hub
The Boston Bruins will host the Chicago Blackhawks for the first time since last June’s Stanley Cup defeat on Thursday night. This tilt will mark the second and final meeting between the two sides this season. Chicago defeated Boston in a shootout back on Jan. 19, 3-2.
Boston will be looking to rebound from Monday night’s loss to the Canadiens. In defeat, their 12 game winning streak was snapped.
Though the Bruins do have points in 13 consecutive games. They’ll want nothing more than to extend that streak against the team that hoisted Lord Stanley’s Cup on their ice last Spring.
The Bruins are 28-7-3 at home this season. Chicago is 18-9-8 away from home.
Chicago is 6-3-1 over their last 10 games and is fresh off a 4-2 win over the Stars on Tuesday night. In victory, rookie Teuvo Teravainen made his NHL debut for the Hawks. The highly-touted 19-year-old was called up in large part due to Patrick Kane‘s absence in the lineup.
Since last losing to Chicago, the Bruins have skated to a tune of 19-2-3. They are aiming to win the Eastern Conference while battling to capture the Presidents Trophy. Despite a lofty divisional lead, Boston will be hungry to earn two points in front of what should be a raucous home crowd.
Jarome Iginla has scored five goals in his last five games. Boston’s top line will look to continue its torrid pace. Patrick Sharp has tallied six points in his last five games and he leads Chicago in scoring with 71 points.
Only nine games remain in the regular season for the Bruins, including this game.