Boston Bruins Weekly: Heading into February

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February 4, 2015 Bruins Boston Bruins Weekly: Heading into February February 4 2015After a rough month of December, the Boston Bruins rebounded with a strong set of games in January that has the B’s back in playoff contention. Now with the month of February about to begin, the Bruins should be able to carry their momentum and continue to climb the standings.

The first week of games for this month contain some trying tests for Boston. While the Bruins have recently defeated both the New York Islanders and New York Rangers recently, that doesn’t take away from how tough an opponent each team can be. After squaring off against the Rangers Wednesday night, Boston will have contests on back-to-back nights with the Islanders and Montreal Canadiens at home.

Sunday will be the last chance for the Bruins to avoid a season sweep from the Canadiens, they are 0-3-0 against Montreal this season with a goal differential of -8.
Learn more about the Bruins opponents this week:

Game One: at New York Rangers; Wednesday, Feb. 4. 8:00 p.m.

Rangers record: 29-15-4 (3rd in Metropolitan Division)
Last ten games: 6-4-0
Last meeting with Boston: NYR 0, BOS 3 on Jan. 15, 2015
Bruins all-time vs. NYR: 289-240-97-9
Player to watch: Rick Nash; 46 points (31g*,15a) [*T-1st in NHL]
Where to watch: NBCSN

 

Game Two: vs. New York Islanders; Saturday, Feb. 7. 7:00 p.m.

Islanders record: 32-17-1 (1st in Metropolitan Division)
Last ten games: 6-4-0
Last meeting with Boston: BOS 5, NYI 2 on Jan. 29, 2015
Bruins all-time vs. NYI: 79-52-21-4
Player to watch: John Tavares; 49 points (23g,26a)
Where to watch: NESN, NHLN

 

Game Three: vs. Montreal Canadiens; Sunday, Feb. 9. 7:30 p.m.

Canadiens record: 32-15-3 (2nd in Atlantic Division)
Last ten games: 6-3-1
Last meeting with Boston: MTL 2, BOS 0 on Nov. 22, 2014
Bruins all-time vs. Montreal: 271-345-103-9
Player to watch: Carey Price; 27-11-2, .932 save%*, 2.06 GAA (*leads NHL)
Where to watch: NBCSN

 

 

Bruins scoring leaders:

  1. Patrice Bergeron: 33 points (12g,21a)
  2. Carl Söderberg: 32 points (10g,22a)
  3. Loui Eriksson: 29 points (11g,18a)

Recent Headlines:
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Tuukka Rask earns NHL’s third star of the month for January

Bruins Player of the Week: Tuukka Rask
The Bruins netminder had two stellar performances in his team’s victories over the Islanders and Los Angeles Kings last week. Rask stopped 73 of 76 total shots face in both games, totaling his save% for the week at .961. His 30-save effort in the B’s 3-1 win over the Kings earned him third star of the game honors.

Quote of the week: Chris Kelly following the Bruins’ win over the Kings.
“There are areas in our game that we need to build on. If you look at the teams in front of us, they keep winning so we have no choice but to continue to play well and try to get points to try to catch them or at least keep up with them. Every point is big for us. I know its end of January, it’s not really been like that in the past when you’re looking at the standings where every point is huge but we kind of put ourselves in that’s situation early on in the season. It’s good to see us battling to get points.”