BOSTON BRUINS VS CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS
PRESS BOX PREGAME NOTES: MARCH 10, 2018
PROJECTED STARTING GOALTENDERS: Tuukka Rask (27-11-4, 2.27 GAA, .920 Save %) vs. J-F Berube (2-2-0, 3.11 GAA, .911 Save %). Rask is 3-2-1 with a 2.17 GAA and .924 Save % in eight career games against the Blackhawks. Berube is playing in his first career game against the Bruins.
BROADCAST INFO: Today’s game will be broadcast regionally on television on NESN and on the radio at 98.5 The Sports Hub. It can also be live streamed regionally on the NESNgo App and NESNgo.com. Puck drop is set for 1:08 p.m. ET.
MARCHAND DOES IT AGAIN: Brad Marchand completed his third career hat trick with a game-winner in overtime against Detroit on Tuesday, March 6. It was his fourth overtime goal of the season and the 11th of his career, moving past Dit Clapper and Glen Murray (10 each) as Boston’s all-time leader in overtime goals. On Thursday, March 8, he scored a goal with 22 seconds left in the third period to lead the Bruins to a 3-2 regulation win over the Philadelphia Flyers. It was his seventh game-winning goal of the season, placing him tied for fourth in the NHL in that category.
HOME COOKING: The Bruins are playing their final game of a six-game home stand tonight, their longest of the season. They are 5-0-0 thus far on the home stand, and are second in the NHL with a 24-7-4 record (52 points) on home ice this season.
MATINEE/BACK-TO-BACK: The Bruins are playing the eighth of 10 matinee games (local start time 4 p.m. or earlier) this season and enter today with a 4-2-1 record in such contests. They are also playing their 13th of 16 sets of back-to-back games this season. They are currently 8-3-1 in the first game and 6-4-2 in the second game of those sets thus far.
MATCHUP HISTORY: The Bruins host the Blackhawks today for the first of two games between these teams this season and the Blackhawks’ lone appearance of the season at TD Garden. These teams split last season’s series, with each team winning on the road. The Bruins are 6-3-1 in their last 10 games against the Blackhawks.
373 AND COUNTING: Following their game vs. Philadelphia on March 8, the Bruins have sold out 373 consecutive regular season and playoff games at TD Garden. Their last non-sellout was on December 2, 2009, when they hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning and drew 16,553.
BLACKHAWKS NOTEBOOK: The Blackhawks currently sit in last place in the Central Division with a 29-31-8 record (66 points) this season… Patrick Kane (24), Alex DeBrincat (22) and Nick Schmaltz (20) each have reached the 20-goal mark for Chicago… Kane paces the team with 39 assists and 63 points… Duncan Keith leads the team’s back end with one goal and 28 assists for 29 points… Starting goaltender Corey Crawford hasn’t played since Dec. 23 due to an upper-body injury.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 43-for-207 (20.8%, 12th NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 164-for-198 (82.8%, 7th NHL)… Blackhawks power play: 37-for-238 (15.5%, 28th NHL), Blackhawks penalty kill: 161-for-197 (81.7%, 13th NHL).