Blackhawks vs Bruins, Numerology

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A busy day in the sports world, and for my liver, starts with a matinee rematch of last year's Stanley Cup Final.

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Chicago Blackhawks (73 pts, 31-8-11) vs Boston Bruins (62 pts, 30-15-2)

11:30 AM CDT, United Center - Chicago, IL

TV : NBC

Radio : 720 AM WGN

Blackhawks' last game : 4-2 W vs Ducks

Bruins' last game : 4-2 W @ Dallas

Enemy Territory : Stanley Cup of Chowder

Season Series/Schedule

DATE SCORE W. GOAL
Mar 27 '14 @ BOS
Jan 19 '14 @ CHI

578 : The number of games the Blackhawks and Bruins have played all time. The Blackhawks are 238-259-79-2 versus the Bruins.

129 : The number of power plays for the Bruins the season, the least in the NHL.

27 : The number of 1st period goals given up by the Bruins this year, the 3rd least in the NHL.

60.3 : Patrice Bergeron's faceoff percentage since the start of the 2011-12 season, the best in the NHL during that time span.

15 : The number of goals scored by Reilly Smith, which leads the team. Don't think anyone would have put money on Reilly Smith leading the Bruins in scoring in mid January before the season started.

11.8 : The average penalty minutes per game for the Bruins this year, tied for 21st in the NHL.

8 : The number of regulation losses for the Blackhawks this year, the least in the NHL.

6 : The number of points (2 G, 4 A) during Marian Hossa's current four game point streak.

5 : The number shutouts for Tuukka Rask, the most in the NHL.

3 : The number of short handed goals scored by Brad Marchand, tied for the league lead.

Probable Blackhawks Lineup

Forwards

Patrick Sharp - Jonathan Toews - Marian Hossa
Brandon Saad - Andrew Shaw - Patrick Kane
Bryan Bickell - Michal Handzus - Kris Versteeg
Brandon Bollig - Marcus Kruger - Ben Smith

Defensive Pairings

Duncan Keith - Brent Seabrook
Niklas Hjalmarsson - Johnny Oduya
Nick Leddy - Michal Rozsival

Goaltender

Corey Crawford (18-7-7, 2.46 GAA, .910 save %, 0 SO)

Injuries

Nikolai Khabibulin (rotator cuff) out

Leading Scorers

PLAYER GP G A P +/- PIM PP GW
P. Kane 50 23 33 56 +10 16 9 6
P. Sharp 50 25 24 49 +20 24 7 2
J. Toews 50 17 31 48 +22 16 3 1
D. Keith 50 3 41 44 +19 6 2 1
M. Hossa 45 19 22 41 +25 10 3 3

Proable Bruins Lineup

Forwards

Milan Lucic - David Krejci - Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Reilly Smith
Carl Soderberg - Ryan Spooner - Loui Eriksson
Shawn Thornton - Gregory Campbell - Daniel Paille

Defensive Pairings

Zdeno Chara - Johnny Boychuk
Adam McQuaid - Torey Krug
Matt Bartkowski - Kevan Miller

Goaltender

Tuukka Rask (22-12-2, 2.11 GAA, .928 save %, 5 SO)

Injuries

Dougie Hamilton (concussion) out, Dennis Seidenberg (knee) out, Jordan Caron (back) out, Chris Kelly (broken right leg) out

Leading Scorers

PLAYER GP G A P +/- PIM PP GW
D. Krejci 47 10 28 38 +14 22 1 4
R. Smith 47 15 19 34 +8 12 4 3
M. Lucic 46 13 19 32 +12 53 2 4
J. Iginla 47 13 16 29 +14 36 2 1
P. Bergeron 47 12 17 29 +19 27 2 2

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