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Get your game notes: Pens at Bruins

Tonight on NBCSN, it’s the Boston Bruins hosting the Pittsburgh Penguins at 7 p.m. ET. Following are some game notes, as compiled by the NHL on NBC research team:

• PIT enters with the NHL’s top offense, scoring 3.53 goals/game – over a full goal/game more than the 20th-ranked Bruins (2.50).

• The Bruins have also scored just 9 goals in their past 6 games (1.50/gm) & are 1-for-12 on the PP in that stretch (3-3-0 record).

• No Bruin has scored more than 5 goals through the team’s first 22 games this season, while Pittsburgh is tied for the NHL lead with 6 such players (SJ also has 6 players with at least 6 goals).

• In fact, no other NHL team has a leading goal-scorer with as few goals as Boston this season (4 Bruins are tied with 5).

• Before this past weekend, PIT was the hottest team in the NHL, having won 10 of 11 games entering its weekend home-and-home against NYI. However, PIT was swept in those games (lost 5-4 SO at home and 4-1 at NYI), and are now tied with NYI atop the Metro Div.

• PIT has not lost consecutive regulation games this season, and it last lost 3 straight games from Mar. 23 to Mar. 27 of last season.

• The Penguins are still 10-2-1 in their last 13 games.

• PIT also leads the NHL in power play efficiency at 33.3%, but the Penguins are just 1-for-10 on the PP over their last 6 games.

• C Sidney Crosby leads PIT with 26 points, tied with DAL C Tyler Seguin for 2nd-most points in the NHL behind PHI RW Jakub Voracek (29). However, Crosby has not scored a point in the Penguins’ last two games.

• The last time Crosby went three or more games without scoring a point was from Oct. 31 2009 – Nov. 10, 2009, when he went five straight games without a point. That season, he scored a career-high 51 goals.

• BOS has won 8 of its past 11 games (8-3-0), but only one of those wins (2-0 last Tues. vs. STL) was against a team currently in the playoff picture in the East or West. The Bruins are coming off a 2-0 loss to MTL on Sat., a game in which they played without multiple top forwards and defensemen:

• Top C David Krejci (undisclosed) has missed 8 of the team’s 10 games this month. Krejci, Boston’s leading scorer last season with 69 points, has 3 goals and 7 assists in 11 games this season.

• Captain D Zdeno Chara (knee) tore his PCL at the end of last month and has missed the last 13 games. Chara has 2 goals and 1 assists in 9 games this season.

• LW Brad Marchand is on IR (undisclosed) and has missed the past 3 games for BOS. He is tied for the team lead in goals (5) and T-3rd on the team in points (11).

• D Adam McQuaid (broken thumb) was injured in last Tuesday’s win over STL and was expected to miss 6-8 weeks. McQuaid has 1 goal and 1 assist in 20 games this season.

• C Chris Kelly (undisclosed) was scratched before the game against MTL. Kelly had played in all 21 games to that point, with 2 goals and 8 points this season.

STANDOUT STATS

• PIT: LW Blake Comeau has 5 goals in 18 games this season. He had 5 all of last season for CBJ in 61 games.

• BOS: Entering tonight, the Bruins have sold out 226 consecutive games at TD Garden, including playoffs.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

• PIT: C Sidney Crosby has 10G-25A in 25 career games vs. BOS, including 1G-2A in 3 games last season.

• PIT: G Marc-Andre Fleury is 11-6-3 with a 2.31 GAA, .922 SV%, and 2 SO in 21 career games vs. BOS.

• BOS: C Patrice Bergeron has 24 points in 31 career games vs. PIT, including 1G-2A in 3 GP last season.

• BOS: RW Reilly Smith has 2G-1A in 3 career games (all last season) vs. PIT.

PITTSBURGH TEAM/PLAYER NOTES

• C Evgeni Malkin is T-2nd on the Penguins with 23 points this season and his 5 power-play goals are T-3rd in the NHL. The three-time Russian Olympian enters tonight on a 4-game point streak (2G-4A).

• RW Patric Hornqvist also has 23 points through 19 games. He leads PIT in goals (10), and he also enters tonight on a 4-game point streak (1G-4A).

• Last week, RW Pascal Dupuis was diagnosed with a blood clot in his lung and will miss at least the next 6 months. Dupuis, 35, also had a blood clot issue last season. Dupuis had 6G-11A in 16 GP this season.

• D Olli Maatta was sidelined for just two weeks after missing time to remove a cancerous growth in his thyroid gland. In the 3 games since his return, Maatta has 1 assist (Fri. vs. NYI) and a +1 rating.

• G Marc-Andre Fleury allowed 4 goals on 35 shots in Friday’s 5-4 SO loss to NYI. Backup G Thomas Greiss started in PIT’s 4-1 loss to NYI the next day.

• Fleury has not lost consecutive games this season, and he carries an 11-3-1, 2.10 GAA, .926 SV%, 4 SO stat line into tonight’s game. His 4 SO are tied with NYR G Henrik Lundqvist for the NHL lead.

BOSTON TEAM/PLAYER NOTES

• C Patrice Bergeron has carried the load offensively for BOS in November with 10 points (4G-6A) in 10 games. The only two games in which he did not record a point both came against MTL – last Saturday and Nov. 13 in a 5-1 Bruins loss.

• D Dougie Hamilton leads all BOS defensemen with 11 points (4G-7A) this season, but he has gone 4 straight games without a point entering tonight.

• C Carl Soderberg and LW Loui Eriksson are other key offensive players struggling for the Bruins.

• Soderberg is tied for the team lead in goals (5) and is second on the team in points (14), but he has just 1 assist in his last 6 games.

• Eriksson has 11 points in 22 games this season, but just 2 assists in his last 7 games.

• G Tuukka Rask stopped 21 of 23 shots in the Bruins’ loss to MTL, but Rask has given up just 3 goals in his past 3 starts. In that stretch, the reigning Vezina Trophy winner is 2-1-0 with a 1.01 GAA, .967 SV% and 1 SO.

• Rask hasn’t lost 2 straight starts since his 2nd and 3rd games of the season (Oct. 9, Oct. 11) – a span of 13 games.

• Overall this season, Rask is 10-6-0 with a 2.36 GAA and a .915 SV%.

Goalie nods: Luongo starts again after facing 50 shots vs. Preds

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Florida sticks with Luongo

No rest for the weary.

That’s the story for the Panthers tonight when they host the Wild at Sunrise, as Roberto Luongo will start for the fourth straight game, just 48 hours after his busiest game of the season.

On Saturday, Luongo faced a whopping 50 shots in a 3-2 shootout loss in Nashville. It marked the first time Luongo faced 50 or more shots this season; the last time saw a similar workload was in March of last season, when he stopped 52 of 54 shots in a 3-2 win over San Jose.

Overall, the 35-year-old veteran has been tremendous for Florida this season and is arguably the club’s MVP. He’s 6-4-5 with a 2.36 GAA and .926 save percentage, with one shutout.

For the Wild, Niklas Backstrom will start in goal.

Elsewhere…

Pens at Bruins: Marc-Andre Fleury likely for Pittsburgh, Tuukka Rask likely for Boston.

Flyers at Isles: Steve Mason vs. Jaroslav Halak

Sens at Wings: Craig Anderson vs. Jimmy Howard

After ‘mistake at a bad time,’ Luke Schenn to be healthy scratch?

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Saturday in Philadelphia, the Columbus Blue Jackets scored the following goal to cut the Flyers’ lead to 3-2:

While the Flyers went on to win, 4-2, defenseman Luke Schenn was benched for the way he defended the above goal. Furthermore, he may take a seat in the press box for tonight’s game against the Islanders.

From CSN Philly:

On Sunday, [coach Craig] Berube pulled the 24-year-old aside before practice for a one-on-one talk. Berube nor Schenn would discuss what was said.

After the discussion, Schenn worked the rest of practice with Carlo Colaiacovo, who was a healthy scratch Saturday. Both now figured to be healthy scratches Monday, though in Colaiacovo’s case, it’s a numbers game. 

Berube wouldn’t say for certain if Schenn would be sitting Monday, but he did concede that the play on the Columbus goal “was a mistake at a bad time.”

Schenn, 25, has averaged just 16:21 of ice time this season. The Flyers dressed seven d-men against the Jackets, so pulling him from the lineup could allow them to dress another forward.

Video: Rinaldo and Boll drop the mitts, throw heavy haymakers

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It was a quick fight, lasting only a few seconds, and it needed a reset midway through.

Zac Rinaldo of the Philadelphia Flyers and Jared Boll of the Columbus Blue Jackets decided to drop the mitts right off a faceoff in the neutral zone in the first period of Saturday’s game. The scrap didn’t last long but both combatants threw some wild and heavy haymakers before falling to the ice.

 

 

 

Goalie nods: Clemmensen’s first Devils start since 2009

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A long time coming

A fun nugget from the New Jersey Devils PR staff: this is Scott Clemmensen’s first start with the team since Feb. 21, 2009.

If you want to make an easy joke about Cory Schneider playing a team-record 20 straight games, that stat’s a great place to start. Of course, the truth is that Clemmensen left New Jersey to be a backup with the Florida Panthers before signing with the team once again this past summer. On the rare evenings that the Devils have rested Schneider, they’ve tried to groom Keith Kinkaid as a future backup with some NHL reps.

The 37-year-old actually has made two appearances so far in relief duty for the Devils, however, and it’s probably unfair to beat him up too much for his numbers (four goals allowed on 17 shots in about 37 minutes of game time over two evenings).

On the bright side, Clemmensen at least offers something Kinkaid doesn’t: experience. He may have a tired New Jersey bunch in front of him, as they beat the Edmonton Oilers last night.

Clemmensen faces Karri Ramo and the Calgary Flames tonight.

Elsewhere …

Blues at Senators: Brian Elliott vs. Robin Lehner

Canadiens at Bruins: Carey Price vs. (likely) Tuukka Rask

Red Wings at Maple Leafs: Jimmy Howard vs. Jonathan Bernier

Wild at Lightning: Darcy Kuemper vs. Ben Bishop

Penguins at Islanders: Thomas Greiss vs. Jaroslav Halak

Blue Jackets at Flyers: Nothing set yet, but probably Sergei Bobrovsky vs. Steve Mason

Sabres at Capitals: Jhonas Enroth vs. Braden Holtby

Panthers at Predators: Not confirmed, but lean toward Roberto Luongo vs. Pekka Rinne

Kings at Stars: Probably Jonathan Quick, almost definitely Kari Lehtonen

Hurricanes at Avalanche: Cam Ward (likely) vs. Reto Berra

Blackhawks at Oilers: Antti Raanta vs. Ben Scrivens

Coyotes at Sharks: Not certain, but expect Devan Dubnyk vs. Antti Niemi