Boston Bruins at San Jose Sharks
When: 10:00 PM ET, Monday, February 18, 2019
Where: SAP Center at San Jose, San Jose, California
Preview for Digital sports Desk by Gracenote
SAN JOSE – The Boston Bruins have ascended into second place in the Atlantic Division on the strength of recording five straight victories and at least a point in each of their last 10 contests (7-0-3). The red-hot Bruins bid to set a season-high win streak and defeat the host San Jose Sharks for the fifth straight time when the teams meet at SAP Center Monday night.
Speaking of streaks, Tuukka Rask secured a point in his 13th straight decision (11-0-2) after highlighting his 23-save performance with an acrobatic two-pad stop on Alex Iafallo during the second period of Saturday’s 4-2 win over Los Angeles. “There’s a reason why he’s been a Vezina winner. He was the biggest reason why we won the game (against the Kings),” forward Jake DeBrusk said of the 31-year-old Rask, who sports a 5-3-0 mark with one shutout in eight career encounters with San Jose. The Sharks are receiving quality goaltending as well, with Martin Jones turning aside 32 shots in Saturday’s 3-2 victory versus Vancouver. Jones has won 14 of his last 17 starts for San Jose, which has benefited from a 7-1-0 run to match Calgary with 77 points atop the Pacific Division.
TV: 10 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network, Sportsnet, NESN (Boston)
ABOUT THE BRUINS (34-17-8): DeBrusk has answered a 13-game goal drought by scoring in each of his last three games to push his season total to a career-high 17. The 22-year-old matched his performance with the Kings by scoring a goal and setting up Peter Cehlarik’s first career tally in Boston’s last trip to San Jose, helping his team post a 3-1 win on Nov. 18, 2017. Patrice Bergeron also collected a goal and an assist against Los Angeles, boosting his point total to 16 (seven goals, nine assists) in his last dozen contests.
ABOUT THE SHARKS (35-17-7): Two-time Norris Trophy Erik Karlsson picked up where he left off in his return from a nine-game absence due to a groin injury, setting up Timo Meier’s power-play goal on Saturday to give him an assist in 17 of his last 19 appearances (one goal, 27 assists). Meier, whose 21st tally matched his total from 2017-18, registered his 14th multi-point performance this season by joining captain Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture with a goal and an assist versus the Canucks. Pavelski, who has a club-best 31 tallies, has been held off the scoresheet in each of his last four encounters with Boston.
1. San Jose D Brent Burns has 10 of his team-leading 53 assists and 12 of his club-best 64 points in the last nine games.
2. Boston is 5-1-1 in its last seven road games to improve to 13-10-5 away from TD Garden.
3. Sharks LW Evander Kane has five goals and three assists in his last five contests.