Boston Bruins Look to Extend Streak Against San Jose Sharks: Fan Preview

The Boston Bruins appear to be back on track, at least temporarily after their solid 8-0 throttling of the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday, March 19. The win marked the Bruins' second straight victory, which doesn't typically mean much, but is huge given how much the team has struggled for over a month.

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"I think it's maintaining what we've done over the last couple of games. Our last road trip wasn't a very good one, so we have to make sure we get a better one out of this one," coach Claude Julien said. "We're going into a territory where there's a lot of desperation, so we certainly going to have some good challenges."

While Boston is trying to maintain its position as the No. 2 team in the Eastern Conference, San Jose sits at No. 10 over in the Western Conference. Over there, just three points separate the No. 7 team from the No. 11 team. And I thought we had it bad as Bruins' fans this season.

The matchup…

The Boston Bruins will take on the San Jose Sharks at the HP Pavilion located in San Jose, Calif. on Thursday, March 22, 2012 at 10:30 p.m. EDT.

The standings…

Boston comes into the game having won their last two games and with a 42-27-3 record. They are 20-14-1 on the road and have won four of their last 10 games.

San Jose enters the matchup having lost their last two games and with a 36-27-10 record. They are 21-12-3 on their home ice and have won three of their last 10 games.

The season series…

The season series stands at 1-0 in favor of the Sharks.

Where to watch…

The game can be watched live nationwide with NHL Center Ice or —

In Boston: NESN

In San Jose: CSCA

The season statistic leaders…

Boston: Tuukka Rask- 2.05 GAA, Tyler Seguin- 26 goals, Patrice Bergeron- 37 assists, Tyler Seguin- 60 points.

San Jose: Thomas Greiss- 2.36 GAA, Logan Couture- 30 goals, Joe Thornton- 52 assists, Joe Thornton- 68 points.

Injuries to note…

Boston: Rich Peverley (torn MCL in right knee), Daniel Paille (leg), Max Sauve (hip), Tuukka Rask (abdominal), Nathan Horton (concussion), Mark Savard (concussion).

San Jose: Tommy Wingels (undisclosed upper-body injury), T.J. Galiardi (upper-body injury), Michal Handzus (upper-body injury).

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Updated Thursday, Mar 22, 2012