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BOSTON — Frederik Andersen has a more than respectable 164-70-31 career regular-season record in the NHL.But against the Boston Bruins Custom Boston Bruins Jerseys , his record is 11-1-0 as he and the Toronto Maple Leafs visit Boston on Saturday night in the opener of Toronto’s five-game road trip.Andersen, who did lose a seven-game playoff series to the Bruins last season, has a 2.08 goals-against average and .937 save percentage in the regular season against Boston. That might not be a great omen for the current Bruins, who are having all kinds of trouble scoring goals.Article continues below ...The injury-ravaged Bruins have lost three straight games, all in regulation — the first time that has happened since March 2017. They have scored four goals in the three games, a stretch that includes the fifth shutout this season.They are 4-4-2 in their last 10 and haven’t scored more than three goals in any of those games, limited to just 16 goals.They were dreadful in a 5-0 loss at Florida on Tuesday but played better in a 3-2 loss at Tampa Bay on Thursday.“You have to be very good to beat these guys,” coach Bruce Cassidy said after the game. “We weren’t quite there yet but much better than the previous night.”The same night, the Maple Leafs www.sabresshoponline.com , with Michael Nylander making his season debut after signing his new six-year contract, rallied for three goals to force overtime before their five-game winning streak ended in overtime at the hands of the Detroit Red Wings.“They were just better than us,” Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock said after his team fell to 20-8-1. “The greatest thing about the game, I say this all the time, it’s so honest. They played harder, they were better and I thought we did a real good job to get ourselves a point, but they were the team that deserved the two. It was great that we got one. We didn’t have enough hands on deck.”On Nov. 26, the Leafs defeated the Bruins in Toronto behind Andersen, who made 38 saves in his latest victory over the Bruins. The goaltender comes in 16-7-0 with a 2.32 goals-against average and .931 save percentage this season.If Cassidy continues with his rotation Buffalo Sabres T-Shirts Womens , Jaroslav Halak will be back in net Saturday after Tuukka Rask lost Thursday night.Halak is 9-4-4 with a 2.84 goals-against average and .913 save percentage lifetime against the Leafs.Nylander logged 12:29 on 18 shifts in his debut, failing to put anything on the board.“I thought Willy was fine,” Babcock said. “It was probably unfair for me — we had the bus (breakdown in Buffalo) thing that happened, we were supposed to practice together, we never even gave the guy a practice. We wanted to get him in.”The Bruins have Charlie McAvoy back on a defense that has been without as many as six players at one time and is still trying to survive without captain Zdeno Chara and Kevan Miller. Up front, Boston is without Patrice Bergeron, who leads this team in all phases of the game.They scored early and late Thursday night, but the Lightning scored their three in between and hung on for the win.“Tonight is a little more disappointing (than frustrating), to be honest with you Buffalo Sabres Hoodies Womens ,” Cassidy said. “We were right there.”David Krejci broke an 18-game goal-scoring drought with his 590th career point Thursday. That tied him with team president Cam Neely for 10th place on the club’s career scoring list — with Neely at the game.The Bruins (14-10-4) visit Ottawa on Sunday and return home to play the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday night.Boston claimed Gemel Smith off waivers from the Dallas Stars on Thursday. The bad news for the Nashville Predators: They have lost 10 straight games on the road, eight of them in regulation.The good news: Their first two games after the Christmas break are at Bridgestone Arena, including Thursday night’s visit from the Dallas Stars.The better news: Some desperately needed help might be on the way sooner instead of later.Article continues below ...It appears that All-Star defenseman P.K. Subban and right winger Viktor Arvidsson could be back after extended absences. Subban has missed the last 19 games with an upper-body injury and Arvidsson has been sidelined since a slash broke his thumb Nov. 10 in a 5-4 overtime win at Dallas.“We’re not in the position to rest guys,” Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said to the Tennessean last week when asked if the team would wait to bring injured players back until after Christmas. “Guys will play when they are ready. We can’t afford the luxury of resting guys.”With their depth stretched beyond its considerable max by a series of injuries that have also claimed Filip Forsberg and Colton Sissons, the Predators are 9-10-2 over their last 21 games. They went 0-3-1 on last week’s road trip, losing to three of the NHL’s worst teams in Ottawa, Chicago and Philadelphia along the way.Yet Nashville is still 22-13-2, good for second place in the Central Division and third in the Western Conference. It is only four points behind Winnipeg in the Central and only three points off the pace of last season, when it won the Presidents’ Trophy for the first time with 117 points.To a man Buffalo Sabres Hats Womens , the Predators are hopeful the break results in a return to the win column.“Hopefully, we come back hungrier and rested, maybe a bit healthier than we are now and go from there,” defenseman Ryan Ellis said.The Stars (18-16-3) were in position to go into the holiday break with momentum, but couldn’t build on a 1-0 second period lead Sunday night and fell 3-1 to the New York Islanders at American Airlines Arena.Aiming to win consecutive games for the first time since early December, Dallas instead lost for the sixth time in eight games, all in regulation. First-year coach Jim Montgomery wasn’t quite willing to use playing on back-to-back nights as an excuse.“Guys were tired tonight, but a lot of other teams have similar schedules and they find ways to win hockey games,” he said. “It’s a mindset of pushing the envelope and wanting to make plays Custom Buffalo Sabres Jerseys , wanting to be a difference-maker.”Their recent skid aside, the Stars remain in fourth place in the Central, tied for the Western’s last playoff spot with Edmonton. The problem lately has been an offense that was once explosive, but has slid to 24th in the league with 99 goals in 37 matches.Slow starts have also plagued Dallas. Its 18 goals in first periods rank last in the league.“As a group, we don’t prepare well enough,” Montgomery said. “I don’t have, obviously, my finger on it. I hope it would be better.”


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