Boston Bruins: Last Two Weeks By The Numbers – 1/18/14

Like the January weather, the play of the Bruins has cooled down in the past couple weeks and not even a trip to sunny California could really get it going. As has been the case for what seems like most of the season, another member of the team made his NHL debut, Loui Eriksson returned to Dallas where he spent seven years and the B’s became just the second team to beat San Jose at home in regulation. This is Boston Bruins: Last Two Weeks By The Numbers.

Justin Florek filled in nicely on the Merlot line for a couple of games.

 1: Justin Florek became the latest Bruin to make his NHL debut on Jan. 4 against the Jets.

1: He picked up his first NHL point in his second game with an assist on Daniel Paille’s goal on Jan. 7 against the Ducks and his first goal two nights later in Los Angeles.

1: Rookie, Kevan Miller, recorded the first fight of his NHL career when he took on Mike Brown of the Sharks on Jan. 11.

1:04: Gregory Campbell totaled 1:04 of power-play time on Jan. 4 against the Jets with Zdeno Chara in the box multiple times early in the game.

1.94: Boston is tied with L.A. having allowed the fewest goals per game in the league with 1.94 a night.

2: The Bruins became just the second team to beat the Sharks at home in regulation joining the Canucks, who did so on Nov. 7, but Boston has not given up nine goals in a game yet.

2: Against the Maple Leafs on Jan. 14, the Bruins allowed two power-play goals for the fourth time in their last seven games.

2.11: Tuukka Rask has fallen to seventh in the league with a 2.11 goals against average.

3: Adam McQuaid was plus-3 against the Jets on Jan. 4 for the first time in the regular season since being plus-4 against the Canadiens on Feb. 9, 2011.

3: Torey Krug was plus-3 in the same game for the first time in his career.

3: His three points against the Jets came after recording just three points in his previous 11 games combined.

3: McQuaid had fights in three straight games from Jan. 4-9 against the Jets, Ducks and Kings.

3: The Ducks scored goals on all three of their power play opportunities on Jan. 7.

3: Phil Kessel had three assists Tuesday against the Bruins, giving him his first three-assist game since April 18 of last year.

3: Campbell had points in three straight games from Jan. 4-9 for the first time since April 8-11 of last season.

3: Three Bruins – Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci and Milan Lucic – had multi-point nights against the Stars.

3:03: Just 3:03 into his first game back at the Garden on Thursday, Shawn Thornton was in the box for fighting.

Shawn Thornton squares off with Frazer McLaren of the Leafs.

Shawn Thornton squares off with Frazer McLaren of the Leafs.

4: Paille scored four goals in his first six games back after returning from a concussion on Dec. 27.

4: Carl Soderberg’s four-game point streak ended on Tuesday against the Maple Leafs.

4: The Bruins are 4-5 since losing Dennis Seidenberg for the season on Dec. 27.

4.0: Krejci scored his 10th goal of the season with 4.0 seconds left in the second period to give the B’s the 1-0 lead over Dallas on Thursday.

5: Five members of the Bruins were names to their respective Olympic teams this past week: Bergeron, Eriksson, Krejci, Rask and Zdeno Chara.

5: Paille had five shots on goal against the Ducks, his most of the year and most in a game since March 25 of last season.

5: Soderberg was 0-for-5 on faceoffs against the Sharks.

5: Rask picked up his league-leading fifth shutout of the season on Jan. 11 against San Jose.

6: Florek became the sixth Bruin to make his NHL debut this season. The six debuts are the most the team has had since the 2006-07 season, when Krejci was one of the six to play in his first game.

6: McQuaid and Krug combined to be plus-6 against the Jets two weeks ago.

6: Winnipeg goalie, Ondrej Pavalec, fell to 0-6-1 all-time at TD Garden with his team’s 4-1 loss to the Bruins on Jan. 4.

6: Winnipeg, who had only scored six power-play goals on the road coming into the game on Jan. 4, was 0-for-3 on the power play in their first meeting of the season against the Bruins.

6: Lucic, Krejci and Jarome Iginla were a combined minus-6 against the Kings.

6: Krejci’s goal in Dallas was his first point in six games after recording 20 points in his previous 18 contests.

6: Johnny Boychuk was officially credited with six blocked shots against the Stars.

6: Reilly Smith scored his sixth goal in seven games against the Jets, but since then, he has not found the back of the net.

6:51: Paille played just 6:51 against the Leafs, easily his lowest ice time total of the season. It was his lowest total since playing just 45 seconds against the Panthers on Dec. 8, 2011.

7: Soderberg and Ryan Spooner were a combined 0-for-7 in the faceoff circle against L.A. on Jan. 9.

7: Kessel had gone seven straight games against the Bruins without recording a single point.

7: Of Boston’s eight penalties against the Stars, defenders committed seven of them.

7: The Bruins have allowed at least four goals in each of their last seven losses.

 

Carl Soderberg has been picking up the offense lately.

8: Soderberg has eight points in his last 10 games.

9: The B’s went 9-6 without Thornton in the lineup from Dec. 8 to Jan. 9.

9: Boston went 0-for-9 on the power play on their three-game California road trip.

9: Krejci’s goal and assist against Dallas gave him his ninth multi-point game of the season.

10: Rask was pulled for the third time in 10 games on Jan. 9 in Los Angeles after giving up three goals on 18 shots on goal.

10: Los Angeles’ Jeff Carter had 10 shots on goal against the Bruins. He had nine through two periods while the Bruins had 12 as a team.

10: With his fight against Brown, Miller became the 10th different Bruin to pick up a fighting major this season.

10: Lucic’s third-period goal against the Stars was his first in 10 games.

10: Tyler Seguin won 10-of-14 faceoffs against the Bruins and had two assists in the game.

10: The Bruins are 10-4-2 against the much better Western Conference this season.

12: The Jets franchise has now lost 12 straight games in Boston dating back to their days as the Atlanta Thrashers.

12: Campbell’s assist against Winnipeg on Jan. 4 was his first point in 12 games dating back to Dec. 8 against the Leafs.

12: Rask has allowed three or more goals 12 times this season and is 1-11 in those games.

13: The Bruins outshot the Ducks by 13 in the first period in their meeting last Tuesday, ending the first 20 minutes with a 16-3 shots advantage. It was their biggest first-period shot differential of the season.

13: San Jose’s Andrew Desjardins was 13-of-16 on faceoffs against the Bruins on Jan. 11 while Joe Pavelski was 11-of-15.

13: Boston’s win over the Sharks was San Jose’s first home regulation loss in 13 games.

14:30: Lucic played his second-fewest amount of minutes this season Thursday in Dallas as he was on the ice for just 14:30. He was lower than that just once, on Oct. 10 against Colorado when he had 12 penalty minutes.

15.1: Paille scored his seventh goal of the season with 15.1 seconds left in the second period to cut Anaheim’s lead to 3-1 on Jan. 7.

15: L.A. improved to 15-0-0 this season when leading after two periods as they held on to their 3-1 second-intermission lead for the 4-2 win against the Bruins.

15: Smith continues to lead the team with 15 goals on the season.

17: The Bruins were able to salvage their recent California swing with a win in the last of three games against the Sharks and, in so doing, they avoided their first 0-3 California swing since 1996 (17 years ago).

18: Campbell’s goal against the Maple Leafs was his first in 18 games dating back to Dec. 5. The B’s are 0-2-1 this season when he scores a goal compared to 5-0-0 last season, including the playoffs.

19: The Bruins scored their first power-play goal of 2014 on their 19th power play Thursday against the Stars.

19: Bergeron and Boychuk are tied for 14th in the league with a rating of plus-19.

20: The Bruins became the 20th straight team that was unable to beat the Ducks at home in regulation to start the season.

20: Spooner has played 20 games this season and has no goals.

21: Against Dallas, the B’s improved to 21-2 on the year when leading after the second period.

22: Rask tied his career-high in wins with his 22nd of the season in San Jose earlier this week.

29: With the win against the Stars, they improved to 29-2 this season when allowing two or fewer goals.

30: The Bruins picked up win No. 30 Thursday against Dallas.

31: Florek became the 31st different player the B’s have used this season.

34: Krug’s three-point game against the Jets on Jan. 4 was his third multi-point game of the season, but first in 34 games dating back to Oct. 23 against the Sabres.

38: Krejci leads the team now having 38 points on the season.

41: Chara’s fight with Chris Thorburn of the Jets was just his second bout of the season in his 41st game. Last year, in 48 games, he had two total fights.

Chris Thorburn eventually took Zdeno Chara down.

Chris Thorburn eventually took Zdeno Chara down.

41: Boston’s 41 shots on goal against Toronto were tied for their second-most in a game this season.

42: Paille’s multi-point afternoon against the Jets was his first in 42 regular-season games dating back to April 17 against Buffalo, when he figured in both Bruins’ goals in a 3-2 shootout loss.

46: No one on the Jets won more than 46 percent of the faceoffs they took against the Bruins on Jan. 4.

47: Seven Bruins have played in all 47 of the team’s games this season: Krejci, Smith, Iginla, Bergeron, Krug, Campbell and Brad Marchand.

47: Lucic has 47 more hits (147) on the season than anybody else on the Bruins (Chara: 100)

50: Chara was on the ice for just 50 seconds during the first 12 minutes of the game against the Jets as he racked up seven minutes of penalty time.

50: Florek returned to Providence with a career shooting percentage of 50 percent in the NHL (one goal on two shots on net).

57: Florek wore No. 57.

60.3: Bergeron’s faceoff success rate has dropped to second in the league at 60.3 percent.

62: The B’s have reclaimed the Atlantic Division lead over the Lightning with 62 points.

69: McQuaid continues to lead the team with 69 penalty minutes.

82.8: Boston’s penalty kill percentage has fallen to 12th in the league at 82.8 percent.

130: Bergeron leads the team with 130 shots on goal.

189: Tuesday’s game against the Maple Leafs was their 189th consecutive sellout at TD Garden.

500: Calude Julien appeared in his 500th game as coach of the Bruins on Jan. 4 against the Jets.

501: After playing 501 games for the Stars, Eriksson returned to Dallas for the first time as a visitor on Thursday.

Loui Eriksson returned against San Jose and then returned to Dallas five nights later.

Loui Eriksson returned against San Jose and then returned to Dallas five nights later.

623: Bergeron leads the league with 623 faceoff wins on the season.

.750: Rask’s .750 save percentage on Jan. 7 against the Ducks (15 saves on 20 shots) tied his lowest mark of the year to date and was his lowest in a game since Feb. 8, 2012 against the Sabres.

.928: His overall save percentage is fourth in the league at .928.

1,100: Chara played in the 1,100th game of his NHL career Tuesday against Toronto.

The B’s are back in action on Sunday afternoon as they will take on the Blackhawks for the first time since last year’s Stanley Cup Finals.

 

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