The NHL-leading Boston Bruins will aim to extend their current win streak to five games as they travel to Climate Pledge Arena to take on the Seattle Kraken.
With a 3-1 home victory over Ottawa Senators to begin the week, Boston improved to 43-8-5 and made more history by matching the 1979/80 Philadelphia Flyers for the fewest games to reach 90 points in NHL history (56).
Seattle (32-19-6), meanwhile, were disappointingly beaten 4-0 on the road by San Jose Sharks which ended a run of four consecutive games with a point.
|What||Boston Bruins @ Seattle Kraken|
|Where||Climate Pledge Arena, Seattle|
|When||10:00pm EST, Thursday February 23, 2023|
|How to watch||NHL.com / SN360, ROOT-NW, NESN|
|Odds||BOS Bruins -170, SEA Kraken +150|
36-year-old David Krejci enjoyed a ceremony before Boston's game against the Senators to celebrate surpassing 1,000 regular seasons games in mid-January.
In a tremendous show of teamsmanship, Krejci was teed up to score into an empty net to wrap up the 3-1 victory by countryman David Pastrnak who had the opportunity to complete a 15th hat-trick of his career.
Instead, he found Krejci who bagged his 12th goal in 51 games this season and his 227th career goal and 774th point, in 1,013 games.
Pastrnak had already secured his third career 40-goal campaign and his helper for Krejci was his team-leading 77th point of the season which ranks fourth overall in the NHL.
The winger's 41 goals are three behind Edmonton Oilers' Connor McDavid for the league lead and makes him +1600 to win the Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player. McDavid is the -1000 favourite.
Krejci returned to the Bruins for a 15th full season in the summer following a year away playing back home in Czechia.
His re-addition to the line-up has helped the Bruins to dominate the NHL regular season and they are -700 to finish in first place and claim the Presidents' Trophy.
Krejci was part of the Bruins side which last won the Stanley Cup in 2011 and they are +450 to be crowned champions again this season.
The Kraken are enjoying success of their own and from finishing bottom in their inaugural campaign have their sights set on winning the Pacific Division in their sophomore season.
Seattle (+350 to win the division) are three points behind leaders Vegas Golden Knights (+135) but also face competition from Los Angeles Kings (+350) who are one point ahead and Edmonton Oilers (+360) who are level on 70 points.
There are several reasons for Seattle's major improvement, not least the form of rookie All-Star Matty Beniers who has 40 points (18 goals, 22 assists) in 55 games and is -250 to win the Calder Memorial Trophy as rookie of the year.
Beniers sits joint-second on the Kraken for points alongside Jared McCann and Vince Dunn who are each five points behind leader Jordan Eberle with 45 (13 goals, 32 assists).
McCann is the top goal scorer with 26 and has helped Seattle average 3.46 goals per game which ranks an excellent fifth in the league.
Defensively the Kraken would like an improvement and after being involved in several high scoring games rank 16th in the NHL conceding 3.07 goals per game.
Their penalty-kill has been a major problem and at 72.5% is second worse in the league.
The Bruins have scored the second most goals in the NHL, averaging 3.71 per game, conceded the least at 2.05, and they will hope to take advantage of Seattle's struggles on the penalty-kill with their powerplay converting at a seventh best 23.8%.
The Kraken can take confidence from the first meeting between the two this season, though, blanking the Bruins 3-0 at TD Garden in mid-January which was their first home defeat in regulation time after an NHL record 22 games.
Seattle will have the befit of home ice advantage this time where they are 15-10-3. The Bruins are 19-6-2 on the road.
Kraken's Martin Jones made 27 saves to shut-out the Bruins which contributed to his 23-10-3 record, .892 save percentage and 2.95 goals against average (GAA).
While not stand out numbers, Jones who was signed from San Jose Sharks as a free agent in the off-season has more often than not been able to outperform his opposite number and given the Kraken a chance to win.
Whoever starts between him and Phillipe Grubauer (8-9-3, .900, 2.81), will need to be at their very best against a Bruins tandem who have been stellar all season long.
Linus Ullmark leads the NHL with 29 wins (29-4-1), a .937 save percentage and 1.88 GAA and is -225 to win the Vezina Trophy as goalie of the year.
His partner Jeremy Swayman is 13-4-4 with a .918 save percentage and 2.21 GAA.