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Boston Bruins by the Numbers: Hot or Not

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Opponent Game Number: 56

Opponent Record (Last 10): 36-16-3 (7-2-1)

Offense: Hot (14 goals in last four games)

Defense: Warm (Given up 7 goals in last four games, one shutout)

Power Play: Hot (20.8% conversion rate—sixth in the NHL)

Penalty Kill: Warm (83.0%—12th in the NHL)

Boston Players to Watch

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The Bruins will be without two of their top-six defenders against the Blues. Dennis Seidenberg is still rehabbing from an injury and Zdeno Chara is off in Sochi to carry the flag for Slovakia. That’s something that St. Louis will be able to take advantage of, but the B’s still sport several notable defensemen.

Torey Krug plays and skates like a younger version of Erik Karlsson, and he’s incredibly dangerous on the power play. His shooting instinct is at an elite level, and he’s able to take advantage of just a few feet of space because of his fancy footwork. Boston also employs Dougie Hamilton—all 6-foot-five, 212 pounds of him—and he could see more ice time than he’s used to with Chara gone.

With eight players that have scored at least 10 goals, the Bruins are a team that can hurt you with just about any line. Jarome Iginla is rolling after starting off cold, and Milan Lucic is still his tough-to-contain self. Rounding out the attack is Loui Eriksson, who is a two-way specialist and Reilly Smith, who has been a revelation on Boston’s third line.

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