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TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts Attendance: 17,565
Dubnyk, Wild look to stop Bruins
Minnesota Wild at Boston Bruins
- The Wild are 14-4-2 (.750) all-time against the Bruins, which is their second best record against any single team in franchise history (13-3-1-2, .786 against the Panthers).
- Minnesota finished its six-game homestand with a 2-0 loss to Chicago Saturday. The Wild have not suffered back-to-back regulation losses so far this season.
- Jared Spurgeon leads the Wild with nine points this season. He is the only NHL defenseman currently leading his team outright in points (four defensemen are tied for first for their respective teams).
- Boston lost at home Saturday, 3-2, against Washington. It was just the second time the Bruins have not earned a point in a home game this season (the other was October 9 against Colorado).
- The Bruins scored a power-play goal Saturday while also holding the Capitals without a power-play goal. The Bruins rank fourth in the NHL in both power-play percentage (27.9) and penalty-kill percentage (87.0).
- David Pastrnak scored both of the Bruins' goals Saturday, his second multi-goal game this season. He had seven multi-goal games in 2016-17, which was second on the team behind Brad Marchand's NHL-leading nine games.
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BOSTON -- Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk entered last season 0-5 lifetime against the Boston Bruins.
But all that changed when he made 52 saves and blanked the Bruins twice as the Wild swept the two-game series in Boston.
Monday night, Dubnyk and his Wild invade TD Garden for the first of two nonconference games between the teams this season.
The two victories over Boston were part of a 40-win All-Star season for Dubnyk. But he enters Monday night's game just 4-4-1 with a 2.81 goals-against average and .913 save percentage this season as he and the Wild strive to get above mediocrity.
They are 5-5-2 overall (last in the Central Division) after losing 2-0 to the Chicago Blackhawks Saturday night in the finale of a season-long six-game homestand.
That defines mediocrity.
The same can be said for Tuukka Rask and the Bruins, who dropped to 5-4-3 with Saturday night's 3-2 home loss to the Washington Capitals. Rask, winner of just one of his last seven starts, is 2-4-2 -- with a 2.70 goals-against average and .905 save percentage.
Obviously, both need better numbers for their teams to compete. But both teams have been banged up and just trying to survive.
The Wild have been getting some players back, but leader Zach Parise and Boston University product Charlie Coyle are out long-term. The Bruins have had all kinds of injuries -- and David Backes' illness and surgery -- and have had their two top centers, Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci, in uniform at the same time for two periods all season.
Dubnyk made 33 saves but got no offensive support Saturday night.
"You're not going to win hockey games if you don't put the puck in the net when you've got open nets. It's just not going to happen," coach Bruce Boudreau said. "Granted, both goalies were out of this world, I thought. When you have open nets and you have two breakaways in the third period, you've got to score, because eventually the other team is going to get that one chance and put it in."
The same night, the Bruins were beaten by Braden Holtby (12-2 lifetime against Boston) and the Caps beat them for the 10th straight time.
David Pastrnak scored both Bruins goals in the loss, as coach Bruce Cassidy continues to play Pastrnak with Bergeron and Brad Marchand -- some thinking he's putting all of his offensive eggs in one basket.
"He was on the ice for a goal against that as a low forward, you'd like to see have better chemistry breaking that puck out," Cassidy said of Pastrnak, who has eight goals after snapping a four-game goal drought. "But he scored two goals for us, it's hard to be critical. That's what he does best. You want players to do what they do best and work on their weaknesses.
"I think David had a tough time. They were targeting him and Marchy (Marchand). It makes sense. They are our top guys, so it's a good strategy, and that is something that Marchy has been used to for years and Pasta (David Pastrnak) is going to have to get used to."
Bergeron, who missed the first five games of the season with a lower body injury, doesn't look like he's back to being 100 percent. He has one goal and three points in six games since debuting with a goal and three assists Oct. 19.
While the Bruins are in the midst of four games in six nights (they're 1-1 so far), the Wild open a four-game trip in six nights with Monday's game.
Updated November 5, 2017