The Boston Bruins will travel to the St.Louis Blues for their last pre-Olympic road game without captain, Zdeno Chara.
Chara will instead fly to Sochi early to be the Slovakian flag-bearer at the Opening Ceremony. Bruins coach, Claude Julien is hoping his team can show maturity without their leader:
"We're looking forward to seeing those guys with a little more responsibility than when Z's around. You don't win hockey games with just one player. We know one player can make a difference. But at the end of the night, when you look at the game, it's about the whole team."
As a team, the Bruins have been doing pretty well recently. They've won six of their last seven and are now just seven points adrift of the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference.
The Blues meanwhile, are in third in the Western Conference behind the powerhouses of the Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks.
St.Louis have dropped two leads in recent games and their coach, Ken Hitchcok wants to nip that in the bud before his team departs for Russia:
"We're probably taking a step the wrong way when we've got the game in good hands,'' Hitchcock said. ''We're turning pretty comfortable games into track meets.''
Bruins forward Jerome Iginla recorded his 600th career assist earlier this week whilst Blues center David Backes has three goals in his last five games.