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RASK vs IRVING IN GOAL TONIGHT

RASK vs IRVING IN GOAL TONIGHT

BOSTON BRUINS VS. CALGARY FLAMES PRESS BOX PREGAME NOTES:

JANUARY 5, 2012

STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (8-4-1, 1.61 GAA, .945 Save %) vs. Irving (1-0-2, 2.23 GAA, .942 Save %). Rask has never faced Calgary in his career and Irving has never faced the Bruins. Rask currently leads the NHL in Goals Against Average and Save Percentage.

104 AND COUNTING: Entering tonight’s game, the Bruins have sold out their last 104 home games at the TD Garden, including regular season and playoffs.

 GOAL DIFFRENTIAL: The Bruins have a +60 goal differential entering tonight’s game and lead the league in that category. The team with the second best is Detroit, with a +40 difference. The Bruins have outscored opponents by a 20 goal margin in the second period and by a 32 goal margin in the third.

BALANCED ATTACK: The Bruins lead the league in goals per game, averaging 3.58 per contest. However, they do not have one player ranked in the top 30 in the NHL in points. Tyler Seguin – who leads the Bruins with 33 points – currently ranks tied for 33rd in the league in that category.

STREAKING: David Krejci is riding a six-game point streak with 3-5=8 totals, and defenseman Dennis Seidenberg has a four-game streak of his own with 2-4=6 totals.

IGINLA AT 499: Flames sniper Jerome Iginla is one goal shy of 500 for his career. He has 6-8=14 totals in 17 career games against the Bruins. He is looking to become the 42nd player in NHL history to reach the milestone, and he would be the fourth to do so against Boston (Mike Bossy, Jari Kurri, Ron Francis).

OLD FLAME: B’s defenseman Andrew Ference played in 224 games for Calgary before being traded to Boston on Feb. 10, 2007 with Chuck Kobasew in exchange for Brad Stuart, Wayne Primeau and a fourth round pick in the 2008 Entry Draft (T.J. Brodie).

THOMAS TOP VOTE GETTER: Tim Thomas was voted by fans to the Eastern Conference All-Star team today with a total of 626,540 votes. This is his fourth consecutive All-Star game appearance and he has been the winning goaltender in the previous three, tying a NHL record. This year, he joins fellow East All Stars Jason Spezza, Milan Michalek, Daniel Alfredsson, Erik Karlsson and Dion Phaneuf. The All-Star Game will be played in Ottawa’s Scotiabank Place on Sunday, January 29 at 4 p.m. ET.

FLAMES NOTEBOOK: Calgary comes to Boston to close out a season-long seven-game road trip, which they are 2-3-1 on so far… Yesterday, the Flames recalled Raitis Ivanans from Abbotsford (AHL). Ivanans has 569 PIM in 281 career games…Jay Bouwmeester is playing in his 548th consecutive game, the longest current ironman streak in the NHL… Curtis Glencross leads the NHL in shooting percentage, finding the back of the net on 23.2% of his shots… The Flames will be without the services of Rene Bourque, who is serving the first game of a five-game suspension for a hit on Washington’s Nicklas Backstrom.

SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: T8th (19.2%), Bruins penalty kill: 5th (87.5%)…. Flames power play 18th (16.8%), Flames penalty kill: T15th (82.5%)

KEVIN HARRIMAN

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