Boston Bruins at Minnesota Wild
Where: Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul, Minnesota
Ryan Donato (17)
MINNEAPOLIS – With a spot in the playoffs already secured, the Boston Bruins still have the Presidents’ Trophy in their sights. The Bruins continue their quest for first overall in the NHL when they resume their four-game road trip Sunday against the Minnesota Wild.
Boston is second in the Atlantic Division and trails Nashville and Tampa Bay by four points for the top spot in the league with a game in hand on the Predators and two on the Lightning. The club is 1-0-1 on its trek and extended its point streak to four games (2-0-2) on Friday with a 3-2 triumph at Dallas in which David Pastrnak completed a third-period comeback from a two-goal deficit with 12 seconds remaining. Minnesota also is riding a four-game point streak (3-0-1) after posting a 4-1 victory over the Predators on Saturday in which Jason Zucker recorded a goal and an assist. The Wild, who are wrapping up a three-game homestand, own a two-point lead over Colorado for third place in the Central Division.
TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network
ABOUT THE BRUINS (46-17-10): Brad Marchand leads the team with 78 points after registering a goal and two assists in the victory over the Stars. The 29-year-old left wing has matched the career high of 46 assists he set last season and is seven points away from tying his personal best, which he also totaled in 2016-17. Pastrnak, who notched an assist prior to his game-winning goal on Friday for his career-high 71st point, has not been kept off the scoresheet in consecutive contests since a four-game stretch from Feb. 10-17.
ABOUT THE WILD (42-24-8): Zucker’s tally on Saturday was his 30th of the season, marking the first time the 26-year-old left wing has reached the plateau in his career. Nino Niederreiter and Eric Staal both enter Sunday with a four-game point streak, as each has collected two goals and two assists during their runs. Zach Parise, who missed a bulk of the campaign due to injury, also tallied on Saturday to reach double digits for the 12th time in his 13-season career.
1. Bruins G Tuukka Rask has posted a 7-0-1 record over his last eight starts.
2. Minnesota’s Bruce Boudreau on Saturday became the 26th coach in league history to record 500 victories.
3. Boston F Noel Acciari’s next appearance will be the 100th of his NHL career.