The Bruins will play the Carolina Hurrycanes tonight.
The last Bruins game was a bit underwhelming. David Backes was out for the 3rd game of his suspension, and Brad Marchand was pulled from the roster after warmups, due to an injury suffered during the spectacular collision with Anthony Duclair the day before. This resulted in the Bruins playing with 11 forwards and 7 defensemen. It seems strange to not bring a 13th forward on a road trip, but due to the timing of player availability, that situation should resolve itself soon enough. To add insulting injury to injury, Torey Krug took a stick blade to his family jewels during a net front puck battle, and had to leave the game, doubled over in obvious discomfort. Fortunately, he was eventually able to return to the game for an additional shift, and is presumably fine to play tonight.
The Bruins would lose that one after the Blackhawks dropped a couple of late goals into the net late in the 3rd period.
Marchand is likely to play tonight, and David Backes will be back from suspension, so the forward lines will be slightly more stable. Patrice Bergeron did not come on the road trip,
Is he milking the injury just to hang out with sexy nurses?
eh, probably not.
Not that I’d put that behavior past Marchand
But at least things are looking a little closer to normal
Looks like Marchand good to go. Backes with Heinen, Gionta. Wingels, McQuaid likely scratches.
— Kevin Paul Dupont (@GlobeKPD) March 13, 2018
Tommy Wingels would likely slot in if Marchand — who is still a ‘game time decision’ — backs out.
Anyway, the Bruins took a while to establish themselves against the Hurricanes the last time these two teams met. Hopefully they remember that they are the better team, (and how to BE the better team), so they can win the game and maintain their playoff berth. The ‘canes played the Rangers yesterday, and lost by 3. Since Scott Darling was in net (and got quotaed) it is unlikely that he’ll play tonight. The ‘canes are currently the 10th seed in the Eastern conference – which sucks for them, since only 8 eastern teams will enter the playoffs. Fortunately for them, they’ve won 3 of their last 10 games, so that should… err… something. Yeah.
Anyway, the leading scorers on the Canes are Aho (24G-29A,-53P), Teravainen (20G-34A-54P), and Skinner (20G-21A-41P). Their leading defensive player is the end of the period. – But Trevor Van Reimsdyk is +5 , Justin Faulk is generally a pain in the ass, and I’m fairly certain that Jaccob Slavin is something funny that Professor Frink says.
The hottest offensive players on the Bruins are Marchand at 11pts/5games, Krug at 7pts/5games, and Pastrnak at 6pts/5games. The stingiest defensive players on the Bruins right now are probably Khudobin’s goalposts, with Grzelck coming in second at +2 over his last 5 games.
Anyway, let’s do some lines…
Let’s try that again.
Based on the players expected, the lineup for the Bruins should look like this:
|Tuukka Rask||(Anton Khudobin)|
The Hurricanes are likely to play hockey today. I always get confused with their lineup, since they no longer have all the Staals:
Sebastian Aho Staal – Jordan Staal Staal – Teuvo Teravainen Staal
Brock McGinn Staal – Elias Lindholm Staal – Justin Williams Staal
Jeff Skinner Staal – Victo Rask Staal – Phil Di Giuseppe Staal
Joakim Nordstrom Staal – Derek Ryan Staal – Lee Stempniak Staal
Jaccob Slavin – Brett Pesce
Hayden Fleury – Justin Faulk
Noah Hanifin – Trevor Van Riemsdyk