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The wilting Boston Bruins are fighting for their playoff position, while Brian Elliott and the Blues just keep rolling along.

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The Boston Bruins this season rank fourth in scoring - and haven't managed to do much over their last seven games. The Blues have the league's best GAA (.921) and a goaltender that hasn't lost since the Eisenhower administration was a thing. They've outscored opponents 15-1 during their five game win streak, which makes the losses to Calgary and Edmonton look more like the aberrations that they were.

If the Bruins need a win, they're going to have to bust their tails to get a puck past Brian Elliott. Sure, the defense is short a Jay Bouwmeester and a Carl Gunnarsson, but the top six defensemen have done a solid job of limiting chances for the Blues' opponents.

The biggest issue is the loss of Robby Fabbri, which came (of course) on the night that Alexander Steen returned from injury. Fabbri (along with Gunnarsson and Bouwmeester) skated in practice today, but will be replaced by Magnus Paajarvi on a line with Paul Stastny and Troy Brouwer. This does limit Ken Hitchcock's need to scramble the lines; it also may limit the potency of one of the best performing lines as of late. But them's the breaks with injury, and God knows that the Blues have more than enough experience with that this season.

Fun fact: Paajarvi has not been a participant in any of the games over the course of the Blues' win streak. Let's hope he's not bad luck.

Here's the statistical matchup for tonight's game:

Category

Blues

Bruins

Team Points

46-22-9, 101 pts (3rd)

40-29-8, 88 pts (15th)

G/G

2.61 (t-17th)

2.84 (t-5th)

GA/G

2.36 (t-4th)

2.70 (19th)

Ev. Strength Goal Diff

+12 (9th)

+5 (t-14th)

PP%

22.0% (t-4th)

20.6% (9th)

PK%

85.1% (3rd)

82.0% (12th)

Shots/G

30.2 (13th)

31.6 (4th)

Team SV%

.921 (1st)

.911 (t-16th)