Teach us how to Dougie! On second thought…
Why isn’t this game a matinee? Does the NHL have no respect for Bruins traditions? (Don’t answer that)
Coming into tonight’s showdown against the Calgary Flames, the Bruins are 11-9-0, and are 5-5-0 in their last ten games. They boast an underwhelming .500 record of 4-4-0 at home and are in fourth place in the
Adams Atlantic Division. They looked pretty rough in their loss to the Senators in Ottawa last night.
The Flames are fifth in the Pacific Division at 9-12-1, and have gone 4-6-0 in their last ten contests. Both teams are seventh in their conference.
The Black & Gold will be without captain Zdeno Chara, Frank Vatrano, and Anton Khudobin. Calgary will be playing without former BC star Johnny Gaudreau.
There hasn’t been much in the twittersphere about lines or the Bruins’ morning skate – here’s the current available info:
No #Flames morning skate thanks to Celtics game. No word on lines/pairings. Gulutzan says "we have a few things going on" so wait and see.
— Pat Steinberg (@Fan960Steinberg) November 25, 2016
With that, it would be somewhat reasonable to guess that the Flames’ lines might look something like this:
Kris Versteeg – Sean Monahan – Troy Brouwer
Matthew Tkachuk – Mikael Backlund – Michael Frolik
Sam Bennett – Matt Stajan – Alex Chiasson
Michael Ferland – Freddie Hamilton – Garnet Hathaway
Mark Giordano – Dougie Hamilton
TJ Brodie – Dennis Wideman
Brett Kulak – Deryk Engelland
Naturally, we will all be blessed to see former Bruins blueline darling and Corsi king turned third pair paraiah, young Douglas Hamilton suiting up for the Flames. If you hearing booing in the distance, fear not: it’s just me, in my parlor in Southie, letting Dougie know how I feel.
The Bruins’ lines will likely be close to what they were in Ottawa yesterday, except that Zane McIntyre is likely between the pipes for this one:
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) November 25, 2016
Who’s ready for some hockey?