Panthers @ Bruins 24 March 2016: Soft Kitty, Warm Kitty

Well folks, its the second night of a back to back, after a game against the Rangers where the Bruins played well, but uh… umm…. dammit.

So now, we have ourselves a visit from the Florida Shawn Thorntons… err… Reilly Smiths… er… Jagorim Jargs…err… FancyCats (although that last one would work too) for a key divisional matchup in hopes of steering out of the skid (incidentally, the Cats are coming off a 4-2 loss to the Rags. Not the same score, but close enough I guess). Despite losing 4 straight games, the Bruins still have a hold on 3rd in the Atlantic, because the Wings seem pretty determined to screw up their 24 year playoff streak, and all 3 Canadian teams (also Buffalo) really shouldn’t even get participant ribbons this year. Man this division blows goat. That said, the Wings (currently just out of the Wild Card race behind the surging Flyers) are at 83 points in 73 games vs the Bruins have 86 in 74 (yes, the Wings have a game in hand, but the Bruins currently hold the first tiebreaker with 35 ROW to Detroit’s 34). Tonight is a pretty game in this regard, as the Wings have the considerable fortune of playing the hilarious failure that is Montreal (can you smell it? The smell of Failtreal? Its wonderful. At least if you can overlook the usual flatulent aroma that hangs around that team like the farts of a man who lives on Taco Bell alone.) So, the Bruins have to bring the heat tonight, OR ELSE (although the Bruins would hold the 3rd place spot if things all go the worst way possible… and goddammit I just realized I want the Habs to win a game. WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS TO ME BRUINS????!!!! CAN’T YOU SEE THE PREDICAMENT IN WHICH YOU HAVE PLACED ME???!!!!

ah. umm….. looks around furtively, realizing he has actually been shouting out loud… So, about this game.

Bruins lineup(?)

The Bruins didn’t have a morning skate, so at the time of this writing, my best guess is something like last night, except with Vatrano starting on a higher line. Maybe Connolly in over one of Hayes or Ferraro? Who knows! Given that Tuukka didn’t finish last night’s game, I have absolutely no idea what to expect in net though. I can’t imagine (that took me 5 tries to spell correctly…) that means Gustavsson, who was a disaster in the 2 periods he played last night gets the nod, so if Tuukka can’t play, does that mean Smith could get his first ever NHL start (please no)?

Late update: DJ Bean Agrees:

Uh, so the Cats:

Honestly, I can’t find a damn thing. Their twitter? Nada. Litter Box Cats? Nada. Not that it matters. Some Thornton (or not? *shrug*) some Smith, some Roberto Luongo, and a whole bunch of JAROMIR MOTHERFUCKING GODDAMN JAGR but otherwise… some dudes skating with some other dudes?

Well this could have gone better


Also, its Claude night, so ALL GLORY TO THE HYPNOCLAUDE

Puck drops at 7 EST on NESN. Be there. Or Don’t. I won’t cry (much).