Boston Bruins

Boston Bruins

Boston Bruins

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - OCTOBER 15: Charlie Coyle #13 of the Boston Bruins takes a shot against the Arizona Coyotes to score during the first period at TD Garden on October 15, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

  • In a start that’s been full of accolades both on the franchise and NHL leaderboard, the Boston Bruins will look to enter some more rarified air with Friday’s visit to Tempe for a showdown with the Arizona Coyotes.

    With wins in 19 straight contests against the Coyotes, Friday’s trip to Arizona’s new (temporary) barn will come with the chance to make it 20 straight victories for the Black and Gold over the league’s desert dogs.

    It’s already the longest active win streak vs. one franchise (the Wild and their 12-game win streak over the Ducks is the second-longest active streak), and though they can’t match or break the league record on this night, a win on Friday will of course make it 20 straight make the Bruins just the second franchise in league history to have a win streak of at least 20 games against one franchise.

    The only other team to hit the 20-straight mark is obviously the team that holds the record for longest win streak against a single franchise, too, as the Canadiens won 23 straight games over the Capitals from 1974 to 1978.

  • Consider it just another challenge for a Boston club that’s fresh off matching the league record for most wins through 25 games after Wednesday’s 4-0 win over the Avalanche.

    That victory followed a similar script from the Bruins, with some strong defensive-zone play and a stellar shutout performance from Linus Ullmark, along with a third-line takeover from Charlie Coyle’s line, led by Taylor Hall.

    Oh, and this game will come with a certainly ‘different’ venue than what the Bruins are accustomed to at this level, as this game will be placed at Arizona State University’s Mullett Arena, which holds just 5,000 people.

  • TEMPE, ARIZONA - OCTOBER 28: General view inside of Mullett Arena before the NHL game between the Arizona Coyotes and the Winnipeg Jets on October 28, 2022 in Tempe, Arizona. The Coyotes will use Arizona State University’s Mullett Arena for the next three seasons while a permanent arena deal is finalized. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

    TEMPE, ARIZONA – OCTOBER 28: General view inside of Mullett Arena before the NHL game between the Arizona Coyotes and the Winnipeg Jets on October 28, 2022 in Tempe, Arizona. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

  • “I told a lot of guys, ‘Think about your rival in junior hockey, college hockey, or whatever European league you played in,'” Bruins head coach Jim Montgomery said of the tilt at a college-sized barn. “This is what you’re walking into tonight so relish the moment. I think if you take yourself back to your younger days, it gives you a little spark and energy to be excited.”

    “I think it’s gonna be pretty cool,” Trent Frederic said. “It kind of reminds me of Penn State when I played in the Big 10 [at Wisconsin], kind of like Yost Arena in Michigan. I liked those two rinks. I thought we always played well there, so hopefully it’s similar.” 

    No matter the Bruins’ thoughts on the venue, there’s no doubt that the Coyotes will be happy to be back on their home ice, as tonight’s contest will be their first home game after a staggering 14-game road swing.

    Overall, the Coyotes have posted a 1-2-1 record in their new home rink, and are looking for their first home win over the Bruins on Arizona ice since Oct. 17, 2009.

  • Oct 15, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Arizona Coyotes center Travis Boyd (72) controls the puck in front of Boston Bruins goaltender Jeremy Swayman (1) during the second period at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara/USA TODAY Sports

    Oct 15, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Arizona Coyotes center Travis Boyd (72) controls the puck in front of Boston Bruins goaltender Jeremy Swayman (1) during the second period at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

  • The only change for the Bruins will come in net, with Jeremy Swayman expected to get the start for the Bruins.

    Swayman is coming off a 21-of-24 performance in last Monday’s shootout loss to the Golden Knights, and enters action with a 5-2-1 record and .899 save percentage in nine games.

    Swayman being the lone change for the B’s means that Craig Smith will remain in action for the second straight game. That aligns winger A.J. Greer and Jakub Zboril as the Black and Gold’s healthy scratches.

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