Chicago battled back against the Wild on Tuesday night in Saint Paul, Minnesota, with two third-period goals by defenseman Adam Boqvist and Olli Maatta, but fell 3-2 in overtime when Matt Dumba scored 2:21 into the extra session. It’s Chicago’s second loss in three games on the heels of a five-game winning streak.
The Blackhawks are led by Patrick Kane, who has 65 points (25 goals, 40 assists) in 53 games, but everything falls off after him. Jonathan Toews has 44 points (14 goals, 30 assists) in 53 games and hasn’t scored a point in three straight games after his six-game point streak (four goals, eight assists) ended. Alex DeBrincat has 35 points (12 goals, 23 assists) in 53 games, but hasn’t scored a goal in five games and only has two goals in his past nine games.
Chicago is still in the hunt for a Western Conference playoff spot, sitting three points behind the Flames for the final wild-card spot. The Blackhawks hope their success in the second game of back-to-backs continues Wednesday as they’re a remarkable 9-1-0 in such games.
The Bruins are fresh off a 4-0 dominant win against the Canucks, and are only second in the League standings to the Capitals. Charlie Coyle sparked Boston’s offense with a goal and an assist while David Krejci also scored to back Tuukka Rask in a 25-save shutout. Boston is 13-3-3 against Western Conference foes, including a 7-2-1 mark against Central Division teams, but are a mere 1-3-1 in the second game of back-to-backs.
The Bruins have had a fantastic offense, with the sixth-best goals per game (3.35 percent) and the League’s second best power play (26.8 percent). But their even strength metrics don’t match that success, as they currently have a 2.26 expected goals per 60 — compared to Chicago’s 2.4 — and a 49.7 percent high-danger share.
Having the League’s best PDO is probably a factor in the Bruins’ success, as they have one of the highest shooting percentages (10.6-percent) and one of the best goaltending tandems in Tuukka Rask and Jaroslav Halak, who have a combined .922 save percentage. That’s also likely a factor of one of the best defenses, and in conjunction they’ve helped Boston to the fewest goals against per game (2.41).
The majority of the Bruins’ scoring comes from Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak. Pastrnak has led the League in goals for the majority of the season, but he was passed Tuesday night by Alex Ovechkin, who scored a hat trick. Pastrnak, however, does lead Boston in scoring with 75 points (38 goals, 37 assists), which is six more than Marchand’s 69 (23 goals, 46 assists) in 54 games. Bergeron, who has missed nine games, has 43 points (22 goals, 21 assists) in 45 games.
Tale of the Tape
Blackhawks — Statistic — Bruins
48.3% (23rd) — Corsi For — 50.3% (13th)
46.2% (28th) — Expected goals for — 51.8% (10th)
2.96 (18th) — Goals per game — 3.35 (6th)
3.06 (18th) — Goals against per game — 2.41 (1st)
15.0% (29th) — Power play — 26.8% (2nd)
82.7% (7th) — Penalty kill — 84.5% (3rd)
Kubalik — Toews — Caggiula
Saad — Dach — Kane
DeBrincat — Kampf — Strome
Smith — Carpenter — Nylander
Keith — Boqvist
Gustafsson — Murphy
Maatta — Koekkoek
Pastrnak — Bergeron — Marchand
DeBrusk — Krejci — Kuhlman
Kuraly — Coyle — Bjork
Blidh — Lindholm — Wagner
Chara — McAvoy
Krug — Carlo
Grzelcyk — Lauzon
How to watch
When: 7 p.m.
Where: United Center, Chicago
TV: NBC Sports Network
Live stream: NBC Sports app, NHL.TV