7:30 p.m. - Pregame Snapshots: BOS vs. DET
STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (34-14-5, 2.02 GAA, .931 Save %) vs. Howard (18-18-11, 2.71 GAA, .909 Save %). Rask is 1-3-1 with a 3.60 GAA and has a 870 save % in five career games against Detroit. Howard is 3-1-0 with a 2.20 GAA and .931 save % in four career games against Boston.
BRUINS VS RED WINGS LIFETIME: The Bruins and Red Wings will meet for the 583rd time in their franchise histories this evening. The B’s trail with a 236-248-95-3 record in those matchups and have slightly outscored Detroit, 1,750-1,745. The Black & Gold are 80-156-52-1 in their 289 lifetime meetings against the Red Wings in Detroit, with the Red Wings holding a scoring advantage of 967-729 in those contests. The Bruins are 1-5-1 in their last seven games vs. the Red Wings overall and are 3-3-1 in their last seven in Detroit.
BERGY ON FIRE: Patrice Bergeron enters this evening, riding an eight game point-streak, notching eight goals and three assists for 11 point during that span. Bergeron has tallied goal in seven consecutive games during that streak, marking a career best. The streak is the longest such streak by a Bruins since Cam Neely who scored goals in eight straight games in the 1990-91 season.
HOT ON THE ROAD:
Current road win streak is nine, which is a club record (old mark, 8 in 1971-72 and 1992-93) ... Their current road point streak of 13-0-3 is also a new team mark (old record, 15 at 9-0-6 in 1940-41).
STAYING POSITIVE: The B's own the top three spots in in the NHL +/- race led by David Krejci’s +37 followed by Patrice Bergeron (+36) and Jarome Iginla (+34) ...A Bruin has led the NHL in +/- in 3 of the previous 5 seasons (Krejci, +37 in 2008-09; Chara, +33 in 2010-11; Bergeron, +36 in 2011-12)...Boston’s GF/GA differential, which leads the NHL. That includes a +46 3rd period differential, which is higher than the overall margin of all but 4 other teams.
IGINLA HITS 30: Forward Jarome Iginla has now hit the 30-goal mark in 12 straight 82-game seasons.