HEATING UP: Since the Bruins won the Stanley Cup with a win over the Canucks during a seven-game series in the spring of 2011, Vancouver has won both regular-season games. The Canucks posted a 4-3 win on Jan. 7, 2012 at TD Garden, and a 6-2 victory on Dec. 14 at Rogers Arena. Both of those games were filled with all kinds of emotions -- fights, penalties, ejections and antics. It all equals the birth of a rivalry. The game in December was the Bruins’ first trip back to Rogers Arena since their championship celebration, and the Canucks received goals from six different players.
WHAT HAVE YOU DONE LATELY: The Bruins are 6-1-1 in their last eight games and 9-4-1 in the last 14. Boston is 18-3-2 in its last 23 games on home ice. The Bruins are 8-3-0 against Pacific Division opponents this season. Boston is coming off a 4-0 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday at TD Garden. The Detroit Red Wings defeated Vancouver 2-0 Monday night at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. The Canucks are 1-5-0 in their last six games.
MASKED MEN: Tuukka Rask will start for the Bruins. He’s 24-13-3 with a 2.12 goals-against average and a .928 save percentage in 41 games this season. He’s 3-2-1 in his last six games. Rask has a 0-1-1 record in two career games against Vancouver. The Canucks’ Roberto Luongo is 1-3-0 with a 3.27 GAA in his last four starts. Overall, he’s 19-13-6 with a 2.30 GAA and a .920 SP.