The last time the Boston Bruins and Los Angeles Kings met up the Bruins defeated them 3-0 in December during their two-month stretch of dominance, going 23-3-1. Prior to that the Kings had won the last five meetings between the two, four of which went to an overtime or shoot-out.
While the Kings are looking to hold onto their lead in the West, the Bruins are looking to remain among the top contenders in the East to earn home-ice advantage.
The Bruins have been in a funk through the month of February, they have showed signs of progress in their most recent games. The team’s ability to not allow goals scored against them plummeted as did their standings. They were closer to eighth in the Division than they were first. Their worst streak being 4 straight losses to which they gave up 21 goals.
L.A. is on a hot streak right now, with the addition of Jeff Carter and proving they have a strong defensive team as they beat out the St. Louis Blues in a shut-out win, the League’s current best team.
Tonight the Bruins are facing the Kings without forwards Nathan Horton and Rich Peverley who have been sidelined with injuries, along with goaltender Tuukka Rask. The Kings are going to be without Sam Gagne and Scott Parise.
Tonight the Bruins need to watch out for Anze Kopitar who has 7 goals and 15 points in 13 games, captain Dustin Brown with 5 goals and 16 points and Justin Williams with 6 goals and 12 points.
Zdeno Chara will be playing in his 1,000th career game tonight!!
Tonight’s game is on NESN at 9:00 pm EST.