NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Thursday, November 6th
(All times eastern)
San Jose Sharks (2-5-5-1) at Boston Bruins (6-2-2-2), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Boston Bruins try to stop a two-game losing streak
tonight when they start a three-game homestand against the San Jose Sharks at
The Bruins have never lost to the Sharks in Beantown, where they are a perfect
7-0-2 in the series. Boston is one of two cities in which San Jose has
never won, with Buffalo being the other.
Boston suffered its second consecutive overtime loss on Saturday as it
dropped a 4-3 decision to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Mike Knuble and P.J.
Axelsson found the net for the Bruins, who squandered a 2-0 lead.
Andrew Raycroft made 25 saves for Boston, which fell in overtime to Montreal
On Saturday's game-winning goal, Boston defenseman Dan McGillis misplayed the
puck in his own end and rookie Ryan Malone picked it up at the top of the
slot. Malone then launched a shot that bounced off Raycroft and into the net.
Boston, which will face Dallas and Edmonton during its current homestand, is
winless in its three games at FleetCenter this season (0-1-1-1).
Axelsson is one assist shy of 100 for his career.
San Jose, meanwhile, comes into tonight's contest on the heels of a 3-2
overtime loss to the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday. Scott Thornton and Alex
Korolyuk scored for the Sharks, who have won just once in the last 10 games
Evgeni Nabokov made 29 saves in a losing effort.
The Sharks remain the only Western Conference team that has failed to win
three games this season. But starting with a tie October 23 against Chicago,
they have earned at least a point in six of seven games.
Boston could hold an advantage this evening as the home team in this series
has won the last five matchups. San Jose has won two of the last three
meetings, but the Bruins are 12-4-4 all-time against the Sharks.
11/06 10:39:14 ET