The Northeast Division-leading Bruins look to pick up at least one point for a 10th straight road game when they visit the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night.
Boston (27-14-7) is 6-0-3 in its last nine games away from home, including wins in the last three. Milan Lucic(notes) and Brad Marchand(notes) scored two goals apiece in Saturday’s 6-2 victory at Colorado.
The win was marred by another injury to Savard, who got injured when he was checked into the boards. He stayed down on the ice for a few minutes before being helped to the dressing room holding a towel to his head.
Savard, who missed the season’s first 23 games because of post-concussion syndrome following a hit to the head last March, returned to Boston on Sunday to be evaluated. Coach Claude Julien didn’t seem to be concerned.
“It didn’t seem serious,” Julien said. “It was a cautionary move on our part that everybody agreed on.”
Savard has two goals and eight assists in 25 games, but seemed to be heating up recently with four assists in his last six.
Despite Savard’s absence, Boston will try Monday for its seventh victory in nine games overall. The Bruins have scored 37 goals in their last eight games, including six games totaling four or more goals. Patrice Bergeron(notes) has six goals and six assists over that stretch, including a goal and two assists Saturday.
“Consistency has been something we’ve talked about and I think we want to get better at it and we’ve been doing that the past couple weeks,” Bergeron said.
The struggling Kings (25-22-1) are trying to win consecutive games for the first time since a four-game winning streak Dec. 21-27. They’ve dropped 10 of 13 since, but snapped a three-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory at Phoenix on Saturday to salvage a home-and-home split.
Los Angeles, which had totaled two goals during its skid including a 2-0 loss to the Coyotes on Thursday, scored three times in the first period alone. Jarret Stoll(notes) added the game-winner 4:57 into the third.
“To hear some music in the dressing room after a win is nice and see some smiles around here,” Stoll told the Kings’ official website. “(Thursday), we got the result, and we’ve got to build from here … and get ready for Monday and a big, huge two games before the break.”
The Kings’ recent struggles have dropped them into a tie for 11th in the Western Conference, although they are only four points behind eighth-place San Jose.
Los Angeles is 0 for 22 on the power play over the last seven games.
The Kings defeated the Bruins 4-3 in a shootout at Boston on Nov. 20, when Michal Handzus(notes) had the only goal of the tiebreaker in the sixth round. It was the fourth straight win in this series for Los Angeles. All of those wins have gone beyond regulation and the last three have ended in shootouts.