Hockey insider Bob McKenzie discusses the trade rumors that are swirling in the NHL including the players that the Bruins are reportedly looking at. McKenzie notes that Boston has had interest in Sabres’ winger Chris Stewart.
Loui Eriksson’s overtime winner helped the Boston Bruins snap a three-game skid with a 3-2 win over the Minnesota Wild Wednesday night.
With the goal, Eriksson joined some exclusive company.
Carl Soderberg and Kyle Brodziak exchanged first period goals 27 seconds apart.
Patrice Bergeron had the Bruins’ other goal while Jason Pominville tied the game 2-2 at 11:39 of the third.
Minnesota has now lost two straight and three of four.
Niklas Svedberg made 35 saves in the win while Niklas Backstrom stopped 22 shots in a losing cause.
The Boston Bruins could have David Krejci back in the lineup tonight when they visit the Minnesota Wild. The Bruins are looking to snap a three-game skid. Boston has lost 12 of 15 all time match-ups with Minnesota. The Wild are 5-5-1 in their last 11 games.
Minnesota won the only other meeting between the two clubs, 4-3, on Oct. 28. Can the Bruins avoid being swept this season by the Wild? Find out tonight. Puck drop is at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN. You can also watch the game via NBC Sports’ Live Extra stream.
Some related reading prior to puck drop:
The Boston Bruins have activated David Krejci form injured reserve according to the NHL’s roster report.
Krejci was placed on IR Nov. 30 due to his nagging undisclosed lower body injury.
The 28-year-old has not played since Nov. 18.
In 11 games this season Krejci has three goals and 10 points.
Following the team’s morning skate, Bruins coach Claude Julien said Krejci was possible to return tonight.
The Bruins have lost three straight and six of seven.
Boston is in Minnesota to play the Wild tonight.
Tonight on NBCSN, it’s the Minnesota Wild hosting the Boston Bruins at 8 p.m. ET. Following are some game notes, as compiled by the NHL on NBC research team:
• Oct 28 – MIN def. BOS 4-3: The Wild and Bruins are meeting for the 2nd and final time this season. In their first meeting in Boston…
• MIN scored 3 unanswered goals in the 3rd period in a 4-3 comeback win over BOS.
• Nino Niederreiter, Zach Parise, Justin Fontaine, and Marco Scandella (game winner) all scored for the Wild, while Bruins rookie Seth Griffith factored in all 3 Bruins goals with 2G-1A.
• The Wild outshot the Bruins 42-28, including 18-8 in the final frame.
• This was 1 of 4 times in Wild history that the team came back from down at least 2 goals in the 3rd to win in regulation (Elias) – the Wild also did this earlier this month vs. NYI.
• Minnesota has been up and down recently: The Wild have alternated wins and losses over the past 12 games (6-5-1) dating back to Nov. 20…
• This includes the 3-game road trip MIN is returning from in which they went 1-2-0, with a shootout win over AZ on Dec. 13 sandwiched by a 2-1 loss in San Jose on Dec. 11 and a 5-3 loss in Chicago last night.
• The Wild rallied to tie the game last night after trailing 3-1 in the 3rd period, but surrendered the game-winning power-play goal to Patrick Kane with less than 4 minutes to go.
• Tonight, the Wild open a 4-game home stand.
• Minnesota is 9-3-1 at Xcel Energy Center this season.
• Boston in a slump: The Bruins have just 2 wins in their last 10 games (2-5-3) since beginning the season 13-8-0.
• The B’s are in the midst of their worst stretch (lost 8 of 10) since dropping 10 straight (0-6-4) back in Jan. 2010.
• Boston has just 1 win in 7 games in December (1-4-2).
• This is the 2nd of a 3-game Central Division road trip for Boston.
• Boston is 6-7-1 away from TD Garden this season.
• Bruins on the mend: The B’s have been without two important pieces, D Zdeno Chara & F David Krejci, most of this season, but…
• This will be Chara’s 4th game back since returning from a knee injury that sidelined him for 19 games.
• Chara has 1 assist (Sat. vs. OTT) since rejoining the lineup, and has played more than 20 minutes in each game.
• However, Coach Claude Julien said after the loss to Ottawa that Chara was, “fighting the puck a little bit.”
• Krejci led the Bruins in scoring in October (9 points), but a groin injury has limited him to just 11 games overall this season. He has missed the last 11 games, but has been practicing and traveling with the team and is considered day-to-day.
• Special teams matchup: Boston’s PP has been struggling, while Minnesota enters with one of the NHL’s top
• The Bruins have gone just 1-for-24 in their last 13 games on the man-advantage.
• Despite letting up one power-play goal in each of their last 4 games, the Wild rank 3rd in the NHL on the PK overall (86.7%) this season.
• The Bruins have gone 3-for-7 on the PP in their last 2 meetings with the Wild after going 0-for-36 in the first 13 games in this series.
BRUINS TEAM/PLAYER NOTES
• F Patrice Bergeron leads the Bruins in points (21) in 31 GP, and with an assist last night now has 5 points (all assists) in his last 5 games.
• Bergeron is in a goal-scoring slump, however, with no goals in his last 11 games.
• The Bruins’ 2nd-leading point-getter, F Carl Soderberg, is mired in an even longer drought.
• He has 19 points this season, but has 0 goals in his past 15 games dating back to Nov. 12.
• Boston is getting the best production of late from F Brad Marchand and F Reilly Smith.
• Marchand had an assist last night, and now has 6 points (2G-4A) in his last 5 games.
• Marchand is tied for the team lead in goals (8, w/ Smith) and ranks 3rd in points (18) this season.
• Smith had a goal last night for BOS, and also has 6 points (4G-2A) in his last 5 games.
• Smith has 8G-8A playing in all 31 games this season.
• G Tuukka Rask stopped 38 of 40 shots through OT last night, but ultimately lost in the shootout against NSH.
• Rask has started all 3 games during the Bruins current 3-game losing streak. The reigning Vezina Trophy winner has been a tough-luck loser with a 2.23 GAA and .924 SV% in those games.
• Overall this season, Rask is 12-9-3 with a 2.52 GAA and .914 SV%.
WILD TEAM/PLAYER NOTES
• D Ryan Suter is 1 of 5 Wild players (Keith Ballard, Jonas Brodin, Christian Folin, and Marco Scandella) to get diagnosed with mumps this season, but he only missed 2 games.
• Suter leads the NHL in TOI/G at 29:28, slightly above his league-leading mark of 29:24 last season. He was the NHL’s leader in this category in 2012-13 as well.
• On Monday, Suter was named the NHL’s 2nd star of the week after posting 5 assists in 3 games.
• Suter leads the Wild in assists (17) and ranks T-3rd on the team in points (18).
• F Zach Parise has 9 points (3G-6A) in his last 8 games, and leads MIN with 23 points in 24 GP this season.
• F Thomas Vanek has scored 20+ goals in each of his first 9 NHL seasons, but he has just 4 goals through 29 games this season.
• Vanek has enjoyed success against Boston in his career; his 30 goals and 63 points in the regular season are his most vs. any other NHL opponent.
• Last season, Vanek had 6 points in 6 regular season games vs. BOS, and totaled 4G-1A in last year’s 2nd-Round playoff series against Boston as a member of the Montreal Canadiens.
• F Nino Niederreiter leads the Wild in goals (14), and through 29 games has equaled his goal output from a season ago, in which he played 81 games.
• Niederreiter scored on his first career penalty shot attempt in the 3rd period yesterday – his 3rd goal in 4 games, and 10th in the last 15.
• G Niklas Backstrom got the last-minute start last night after G Darcy Kuemper reportedly came down with the same illness that has sidelined D Jared Spurgeon (stomach virus).
• Backstrom also battled an illness during the game, making 34 saves on 38 shots in the 5-3 loss to Chicago.
• If Backstrom starts tonight, he will bring a stellar head-to-head record vs. the Bruins to the ice.
• Backstrom is 5-0-1 in his 6 career starts vs. BOS, with a 1.32 GAA, .957 SV%, and 2 shutouts.
• Overall this season, Backstrom is 5-3-1 in 12 appearances (9 starts) with a 2.43 GAA and .903 SV%.