Tonight the Bruins look to continue their consistency in the win column as they head out west and take on the San Jose Sharks in a 10:30pm EST match-up. The last time these two teams met was in the dreadful month of October where they fell to the Sharks 4-2 at the Garden. Stars such as Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture were among the Sharks leading forwards, as each registered a goal and Pavelski an additional assist.
The Sharks are currently fighting for their playoff spot as they sit tenth in the Western Conference, looking for the two-points to tie with eighth place Los Angeles Kings.
The Bruins are heading west with an 8-0 shut-out victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night, following a 3-2 shoot-out victory over the Philadelphia Flyers Saturday afternoon. While they are showing improvements, it is extremely important that they don’t lose their focus coming into a tough road trip starting with the Sharks followed by the Kings and Anaheim Ducks.
They’re battling for playoffs, we’re battling for second place,” said Krejci of the Sharks. “We want to have the home ice advantage – so this is going to be a hard game.”We don’t play these guys often, but we know they have really good players, they’re battling,” added Krejci. “I thought they would be in the playoffs this year [for sure].”(via Boston Bruins News)
It was reported earlier this week that forward Rich Peverley would be travelling with the Bruins on their road trip, while Nathan Horton will be staying behind not showing any progress. Peverley practiced with the team with full contact yesterday morning at Wilmington before hopping on a plane for the 2700mile trek across the country. Max Suave was sent back down to the Providence Bruins while forward Trent Whitfield was recalled to make the trip. Whitfield has seven goals and seven assists, combining for 14 total points in 43 games.
Both teams have winning records when playing on Thursdays with Boston being 7-3 and San Jose being 8-2. While San Jose may hold a slight advantage coming off of wins/losses, the Bruins are just as determined to gain the two points to remain in second and get home-ice advantage.
Tonight’s game is on NESN at 10:30pm EST or you can listen on 98.5 The Sports Hub.