The Boston Bruins are currently in control of the longest active win streak in the NHL. Some may have been close calls, but the Bruins have taken two points out of eight straight contests. That streak goes on the line against the Minnesota Wild tonight, a team the Bruins have never defeated at the TD Garden.
The Last Meeting: The Bruins and Wild have not met since February 19, 2012. In that last game, Minnesota shutout the visiting B’s 2-0. Despite a 27 save effort from former Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas, Boston’s offense was unable to find a way past Wild netminder Niklas Backstrom, who stopped all 48 shots faced that night.
The Wild This Season: While Minnesota may not be in the top three of their division, they are currently in the top wild card slot of the playoffs. It’s not easy being a playoff team in arguably the toughest division in the league. They hold a strong record of 35-22-10 this year, and only trail Chicago, Colorado, and St. Louis in the Central Division. Considering those are three of the best teams in the league, the Wild have proven they are still a team to watch out for. They have also been on a good run, taking points in nine of their last ten games.
Season Series: This is the first of two meeting between the Bruins and Wild this season. The B’s will travel to Minnesota on March 8th, for one of the final games of the regular season.
All-Time Series: This is the 13th all-time meeting between the Bruins and the young Wild organization. Minnesota leads the series 10-2-0.
Johnny Boychuk will miss tonight’s game after suffering a lower-body injury against Carolina. Head Coach Claude Julien had this to say on his conidition:
“Well he didn’t skate this morning because he can’t right now, he’s too sore. So he’s day-to-day. I don’t know, it’s obviously from the incident the other night.”
Bruins Leading Scorers:
Wild Leading Scorers:
Boston: Tuukka Rask (30-14-4, .928 Save%, 2.10 GAA, 6 SO*) *league-leading
Minnesota: Darcy Kuemper (12-4-4, .924 Save%, 2.19 GAA)