The Boston Bruins haven't lost to the Edmonton Oilers in more than 10 years. It's also been more than five years since they've allowed a goal in the series.
The surging Bruins might be in strong position to extend those streaks when they visit Edmonton on Sunday night.
Boston (35-19-7) has won eight straight versus the Oilers (20-34-8), dating to a 6-1 loss at Rexall Place on Oct. 17, 2000. Each of the last three victories in that stretch have been shutouts, and the Bruins haven't given up a goal since a 5-4 overtime win on Dec. 3, 2005.
Boston, which leads the Northeast Division by four points over Montreal, continued that impressive streak in the lone matchup last season, winning 2-0 at home on Oct. 31, 2009.
The only meeting in 2010-11 might produce similar results.
The Bruins have allowed an NHL-low 146 goals while the Oilers own the fewest points and are coming off a 5-0 loss to St. Louis to open a four-game homestand.
Boston is outscoring opponents 16-7 while going 4-0 on its six-game road trip, which ends at East-worst Ottawa on Tuesday. Its strong stretch continued with Saturday's 3-1 win over Vancouver, the highest scoring team in the NHL.
Milan Lucic, the Bruins' leader with 27 goals, has four so far during this swing as the Vancouver native scored and set up the other two tallies. An ankle sprain forced the left wing to miss last season's meeting with the Oilers, as Tuukka Rask made all 19 saves to win his only career game against them.
It's unclear if Rask or Tim Thomas will be in goal. Thomas has won consecutive starts while stopping 55 of 57 shots. He's also won all three games versus the Oilers, blanking them in the last two.
This meeting also features the first time the top two picks in last summer's draft will face each other. Edmonton selected Taylor Hall first overall ahead of Tyler Seguin.
Hall has been much more productive, scoring 21 goals to tie Dustin Penner for the Oilers lead, while his 40 points are one shy of Ales Hemsky's team high.
Seguin has 10 goals and 11 assists in a much more limited role with the Bruins.
"Taylor gets a lot of minutes and plays a pretty significant role on our team, and Tyler is on a team that's deeper and with more experience and is a legitimate contender," Oilers coach Tom Renney told the team's official website. "I don't think we need to blow it out of proportion at all."
The Oilers are expected to have Gilbert Brule back after an illness sidelined him for 27 of the past 30 games. The oft-injured center has six goals and two assists in 34 games after showing promise by posting career highs of 17 and 20, respectively, last season.
"I've been waiting patiently and I'm very excited to get back in the lineup," Brule said.
Brule has scored in each of his last two games, most recently on Jan. 6 in a 2-1 win over the New York Islanders.
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