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Preview: Calgary Flames @ Boston Bruins, 2/25/20 (64/82): What Kind Of Nightmare Awaits The Flames In Boston?

Forget the fact it’s the Bruins, the Flames just don’t play well in Boston.



Calgary Flames @ Boston Bruins, 5:00 PM MT, TD Garden, Boston MA

TV: SNW – Radio: Sportsnet 960

Calgary Flames 32-25-6 (70 pts) – Boston Bruins 39-12-12 (90 Points)

NHL Standings

What a roller coaster ride. Best. Worst. Best again. That’s been the Flames last three games as Calgary lost to Boston, beat Detroit and now travel to Boston to take on the Bruins Tuesday night.

With the trade deadline gone maybe now the Flames can finally concentrate on playing hockey. The Flames made a few minor moves before Monday’s deadline expired, but there was nothing Earth shattering on their end and basically they just added some more lipstick to the proverbial pig.

Not much has really changed since these two last met on Friday February 21st with the Bruins sinking the Flames at the Saddledome 4-3. The Flames are still stuck in a “win one, lose one” trend that has been a thing since February 10th. The Bruins meanwhile have only won 11 out of their last 13. And coming into Tuesday night the B’s should be PLENTY angry. Boston’s last stop of a four game road trip saw them get absolutely throttled by the Vancouver Canucks 9-3. Tuukka Rask had his worst outing of the season, surrendering six goals on 27 shots. That’s the first time he’s allowed more than two goals in a start since he gave up three in a 7-3 win over the Washington Captials on December 23rd. That’s a run of 14 starts.

Boston isn’t the friendliest place in the NHL, especially for the Flames. Calgary is 15-35-6 all time in Boston and they’ve lost seven out of the last ten times they’ve set foot in TD Garden. They’ve also been outscored 36-23 over that time frame, including the infamous “We Want 10!” game where the Flames lost 9-0 (I’ve been there for all of these. It’s brutal.).

Starting Goalies

Flames: Rittich (Expected) 23-15-5, 2.91 GAA, .908 SV%

Bruins: Rask (Expected) 23-6-6, 2.17 GAA, .928 SV%

Team Leaders

Flames – Goals: Lindholm (27), Points: Gaudreau (52), PIM: Tkachuk (70), Save%: Talbot (.914)

Bruins – Goals: Pastrnak (45), Points: Pastrnak (88), PIM: Marchand (70), Save%: Rask (.928)

What’s Happening With The Opposition?

Boston Bruins Coverage: Stanley Cup Of Chowder

Last Time Out

Calgary Flames 4 – Detroit Red Wings 2

Boston Bruins 3 – Vancouver Canucks 9

Players To Watch

Calgary Flames

Andrew Mangiapane (F): 8 points in last 5 games

Boston Bruins

Patrice Bergeron (C): 5 goals in last 5 games

by Mark Parkinson