The 6-7-0 Boston Bruins will try to elevate their record, both overall and at home, back to the .500 mark for the first time in a month with the Edmonton Oilers venturing into TD Garden Thursday night.
Contrasting records be darned, there are abundant similarities between these parties. Through 13 and 14 games on their respective schedules, the Bruins and Oilers are tied for fifth in the NHL with a plus-10 cumulative goal differential.
They each have a reliable goaltender bearing a Stanley Cup ring and teetering on the age of 40. They both have either a recent No. 1 or No. 2 draft choice (Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Tyler Seguin) making ripples on the stats sheets.
The five items worth considering for Thursday’s matchup are as follows.