BOSTON BRUINS VS NASHVILLE PREDATORS
PRESS BOX PREGAME NOTES:
PROJECTED STARTING GOALTENDERS: Jaroslav Halak (11-5-2, 2.20 GAA, .930 Save %) vs. Pekka Rinne (14-7-1, 2.07 GAA, .927 Save %). Halak is 14-4-5 with four shutouts, a 1.91 GAA and .930 Save % in 24 career games against the Predators. Rinne is 6-2-1 with two shutouts, a 2.06 GAA and .936 Save % in 9 career games against the Preds.
BARKS FOR BRUINS: The Boston Bruins and the Boston Bruins Foundation will host “Barks for Bruins” at today’s game to benefit Athletes for Animals and the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals-Angell (MSPCA-Angell). MSPCA-Angell will be on hand with several dogs available for adoption by Loge 16 on the TD Garden concourse. The 50/50 raffle will benefit MSPCA-Angell and Athletes for Animals, a nonprofit started by David and Kelly Backes which supports a variety of animal welfare initiatives and philanthropic endeavors. For more information, please see the full press release available on the media table on Level 9.
JARO LEADS THE WAY: Goaltender Jaroslav Halak, who was signed in the offseason by Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney, leads the NHL in save percentage (.930). He also ranks third in the league in goals against average (2.20) and is tied for second with three shutouts.
WORLD JUNIORS: Several Bruins prospects have been selected to represent their home countries in the World Junior Championships in Vancouver, beginning December 26: Daniel Bukac (Czech Republic), Kyle Keyser (USA), Jakub Lauko (Czech Republic), Pavel Shen (Russia), Jack Studnicka (Canada) and Urho Vaakanainen (Finland).
MATCHUP HISTORY: The Bruins host the Predators today in the second of two games between these teams this season and the Predators’ lone visit to TD Gardenthis year. The Bruins have lost their last two games against the Predators, including a 1-0 loss in Nashville on November 3 in the first game of this season’s series, and are 8-5-3 in their last 16 games overall against the Predators.
401 AND COUNTING: Following their game vs. Anaheim on December 20, the Bruins have sold out 401 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.