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Bruins head to L.A. without Savard

by Brian Compton /
BRUINS (27-14-7) at KINGS (25-22-1)

TV: NESN, Fox Sports-West.

Last 10: Boston 6-3-1; Los Angeles 3-7-0.

Season Series: This is the second and final meeting between the teams. Los Angeles earned a 4-3 shootout win against the Bruins on Nov. 20 at TD Garden.

Big Story: Bruins center Marc Savard suffered another injury on Saturday when he collided with Colorado defenseman Matt Hunwick midway through the second period. Rather than fly with the team to Los Angeles, Savard returned to Boston to be re-evaluated.

Savard has 10 points (2 goals, 8 assists ) in 25 games this season.

"Our trainers felt it was better to make sure and be cautious about that and let the doctors evaluate him," Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "We saw it with [Patrice Bergeron], he came back and...the minute a guy gets hit you worry about him.

"We have a tendency to want to link those things together. Right now we're just going to be cautious and I think it's the right thing to do."

Team Scope:

Bruins: Boston received tremendous performances from Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand on Saturday. Both scored a pair of goals to lead the Bruins to a 6-2 win at Colorado. Marchand, 22, also had two assists in the victory.

"You know he's going to come and play hard," Julien said of Marchand. "Some nights he's better than others and some nights he works hard (and it) doesn't mean he has a great game or accomplished a lot but you can lean on him, you can rely on him and tonight was one of those nights where he came up big for us."

Kings: A loss on Saturday at Phoenix would have been devastating for Los Angeles, as it would have dropped it into 13th place in the Western Conference. But the Kings managed to escape the desert with a 4-3 victory and moved them within four points of eighth-place San Jose.

"There are no gimmes in this League, especially here in the West," Kings goalie Jonathan Quick said after the win. "There's a lot of talented teams, so we have to come to play every night. We got a big win here, and we're looking to move forward and build on the momentum that we started here tonight.''

Who's Hot: Bruins goalie Tim Thomas is 8-0-2 in his last 10 games as he continues to make his case for the Vezina Trophy. … Justin Williams has two goals in the last four contests for Los Angeles.

Injury Report: The Kings will be without Scott Parse (hip) and Marco Sturm (knee).

Stat Pack: A trio of Bruins forwards are struggling -- David Krejci (no goals in 14 games), Nathan Horton (one in 18) and Blake Wheeler (no goals in six, one in 12). … After going 13 consecutive games without a goal, Kings defenseman Drew Doughty has a pair of even-strength goals in his last five games.

Puck Drop: "To hear some music in the dressing room after a win is nice, and see some smiles around here. We got two points and they got none. That's a good night, however you look at it. There were a lot of good things here tonight. We had a lot of good things against these guys at home on Thursday and didn't get the result. Tonight, we got the result, and we've got to build from here. We have to have a good day at practice tomorrow and get ready for Monday and a big, huge two games before the (All-Star) break." -- Kings forward Jarret Stoll

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