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Bruins put home streak up against Golden Knights, former coach
Vegas Golden Knights at Boston Bruins
- The Bruins have won six of their eight games against the Golden Knights: three of four in Boston and three of four in Las Vegas. The teams split their two meetings last season with each side posting a three-goal win on the road.
- The Golden Knights are averaging 4.07 goals scored per game on the road this season, third highest in the NHL behind the Kraken (4.50) and Devils (4.08). Vegas averaged 3.02 goals per road game last season (13th in the NHL).
- Jack Eichel has the most points this season (29) of any player with no penalty minutes in 2022-23. The only other players with 20 or more points and zero PIMs are Montreal's Cole Caufield (22) and Vancouver's Andrei Kuzmenko (21).
- The Bruins' current streak of 21 consecutive home wins (18 regular season and three playoff games) is the third longest in NHL history. The Flyers won 24 straight home games in 1976 (20 regular-season and four in the playoffs) and the Red Wings won 23 in a row in 2011-12.
- Boston has scored at least one power-play goal in each of its last nine games (14-for-38, 36.8%). It is the second longest PPG streak in the NHL this season, behind Tampa Bay's current 10-game skein, and it is the Bruins' longest streak since 2019-20 (14 games).
- David Pastrnak scored two goals in the Bruins' 5-1 win over Colorado on Saturday. It was Pastrnak's second multi-goal game this season and 12th multi-goal game in calendar year 2022, which ties him with the Stars' Jason Robertson for the NHL high.
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The Boston Bruins and Vegas Golden Knights have shined under first-year coaches and carry two of the NHL's three best records into Monday's showdown in Boston.
The game will mark Vegas coach Bruce Cassidy's first encounter with Boston since he was let go in June after leading the Bruins for six seasons, bringing them to the brink of a Stanley Cup in 2019.
"I walked out to the home bench to see because I'd been in that spot a lot," Cassidy said after Sunday's morning skate. "I used to always look up at the banners and wanted to hang one. It didn't happen, but still great memories and people."
The Western Conference-leading Golden Knights lost three of four before playing what Cassidy called a "professional road game" in Saturday's 4-1 win at Detroit.
"We won all three periods, which is exactly what you want," goaltender Adin Hill said.
While skating in his 1,008th straight game, Phil Kessel logged his first multi-point effort with Vegas and scored a goal.
Jack Eichel (13) and Reilly Smith (12) -- who have 25 combined goals -- both scored for a second straight game. Jonathan Marchessault also found the net.
"We want to get wins, but you want to win the right way," Cassidy said. "Some nights ... you're gonna get a special performance, and that's fine, there's 82 of these. But you want to get your game in order. ... I thought we did a lot of that (Saturday)."
Eichel, a native of North Chelmsford, Mass., will be a game-time decision after exiting Saturday's third period with an apparent lower-body injury.
"If anyone wants to play Monday in Boston, it's Jack, so he'll do everything he can to be out there," Cassidy said.
Vegas defenseman Alex Pietrangelo will miss a fourth straight game (personal reasons).
The Bruins have put together one special performance after another, including a league-record 14 consecutive home wins to start the season.
At 9-0-0, they are also the only team without any loss against a team from the West.
Both marks held up with Saturday's 5-1 win over Colorado in which 40 shots piled up and David Pastrnak and Trent Frederic each scored twice.
The Bruins have come back from deficits multiple times, but this was a dominant effort against an injury-depleted but championship-level Avalanche club.
"I think we have a killer instinct that has grown throughout the year," Bruins coach Jim Montgomery said. "You've seen us do it in a lot of different ways. ... This team, you can tell a lot of guys have won a lot in this league."
Different players have continually stepped up and contributed to a winning formula, and Frederic was just the latest in his first career multi-goal game.
"We've been seeing it coming for a while. From where he started in training camp, he just keeps getting better," Montgomery said. "I think you're seeing an aggressive mindset offensively now."
The Bruins haven't faced adversity yet, even though stars like Brad Marchand and Charlie McAvoy were sidelined early in the season.
"Things have gone well so far," Marchand said. "There will be a time maybe we'll let a game slip or we don't get that big goal."
Boston first looks for a strong finish to its four-game homestand, but Cassidy expects his former team to be a tough opponent.
"It'll be one of our best (challenges), I assume," Cassidy said. "You've got a team that hasn't lost at home, they're firing on all cylinders. ... Sometimes that's good for your team."
--Field Level Media
Updated December 5, 2022