Bruins Battle the Blues

Shawn Thornton is a game-time decision for tonight's match-up against the Blues (Photo Credit: Steph Phillips)

The St. Louis Blues are to host the Bruins tonight at the Scottrade Center for the first time since November 23, 2009.  The Bruins have taken points in the last four games versus the Blues but have not defeated them since March 6, 1993.  Seven out of the last Eleven games between these two teams have been decided by shootouts with the Blues winning them all.

The last time these two teams met was on January 10 at the TD Garden where each team had a penalty shot for and against in the same game, making history.

The Blues are looking to take advantage of home ice before heading on a difficult road stretch and send the Bruins on their first 3-game losing streak since October 22-29.  They have not lost at home in regulation since December 3, with a record of 18-0-3 and 5-0-0 with 3shutout victories since the All-Star Break.

Much like Boston, the Blues are coming off of a loss Sunday after losing to the Blackhawks 3-1.  They are looking for the win tonight to try and catch the Detroit Red Wings in the standings.  The Bruins(+38) and Blues(+34) are ranked 2nd and 3rd best for five-on-five for/against ratings in the League as well as in the top five for total penalty minutes. (Boston 2nd-876, Blues 5th-757)

Vladimir Sobotka is the lone player on either roster to have played for the other’s organization being a Boston Bruin from 2007-2010 playing in 134 games.

Tonight TJ Hensick is looking to net his second goal with the Blues and is currently ranked 3rd in the AHL with 64 points (19 goals, 45 assists) with the Peoria Rivermen.  He was re-called by the Blues on Febraru 21 to replace forward Jamie Langenbrunner who broke his foot in Sunday’s game against the Blackhawks.

For the Bruins Carter Camper is looking to play his first NHL game being called up on February 20. He joins teammates Josh Hennessy, Jordan Caron and Andrew Bodnarchuk as Claude Julien attempts to shake up the lines and create some sort of working dynamic.

The Bruins will face the Blues without forward Nathan Horton(concussion) and forward Rich Peverley(sprained knee, MCL) and potentially forward Shawn Thornton(feeling under the weather), but is likely to remain a game-time decision. Thornton is one of five players who have played in all 56 games for the Bruins this season with Dennis Seidenberg,Patrice Bergeron, Joe Corvo and Chris Kelly.

The Blues will be without Alexander Steen, Matt D’Agostini and Jamie Langenbrunner.

Tonight marks game 8 of 10 road games for the Bruins who are 3-4-0 thus far. They opened their 11-day trip with a 4-3 shutout victory against the Montreal Canadiens, dropped 4-2 against Winnipeg and got shutout on Sunday by the Minnesota Wild.

Bruins are looking to extend their 2-point streak over Ottawa in the Northeast to 4 and prevent themselves from falling into a losing streak tonight. They are hoping to create some sort of balance and dynamic with line changes and call-ups and get rid of the weight that is hanging over their shoulders.

You have to be loose, you’re going to have to play confident and take some wieght off your shoulders because that’s what’s slowing us down lately..If you take the weight off your shoulders and play a little bit looser and just go out there and create some fun, we may have a chance.”-Claude Julien (via Bruins Official Site)

 

The game is at 8pm EST on the New England Sports Network (NESN)

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