Game Day Thread: Blue Jackets at Bruins

Tonight the Blue Jackets come to Boston.

But we celebrate ALL types of jackets.

The Bruins have returned from their Florida road trip. While their day in Sunrise was less than it needed to be, the game in Tampa was a stunning success, with our intrepid heroes coming to a 3-0 shutout victory against a team that is leading the league in goals! Tuukka was excellent, and the skaters blocked a respectable 16 shots. Goals came from Riley Nash, David Backes and David Patrnak, with Torey Krug assisting on all three goals. This brought the Bruins to 98 standings points, a mere 1 game behind the conference leading Lightning.
(Well, at least until the Bolts won yesterday while the Bruins had no game – but the Bruins do have 2 games in hand)

Of particular note in this game was David Backes…
again…
This time he was involved in a minor altercation with a skate blade

Backes Injury (Dramatization)


Early in the game, Backes caught a skate blade to the back of his thigh, resulting in a nasty cut that apparently was rather bloody and required some stitches. Backes did not return to the game. He will miss an additional couple of games. Whenever a skate blade cuts a player, one fears the worst case scenario, and Backes was rushed back to the locker room with alacrity, but hockey players are used to seeing blood (they practically bathe in the stuff)

and it seems that #42 will just need stitches and a little time to heal up.
Speaking of “healing up”, look who felt good enough to try skating this morning:

So who will slide into the open spot on the game day roster? On the back end of the roster, Trent Frederic arrived in Providence, and Ryan Donato signed an ELC. Frederic is reportedly still finding his place, but will Donato make an appearance? It makes little sense before playing him a few games in Providence, but it seems like it was part of his deal. I haven’t heard anything about Czarnik, Blidh or any other of the baby-B’s being brought up though.
UPDATE (6:15pm): Rick Nash is OUT. Anton Blidh is on emergency recall. So everything but the top forward line has been put into a blender.

Mmmmmm…… That’s good bass!

The Blue Jackets are a team that is strongly in the playoff race in the East, currently holding the first playoff spot, and only 2 points from 3rd in the metro – yet merely 1 point ahead of the New Jersey Devils.
They are also the proud owners of a 7 game winning streak, with only one of those requiring an overtime appearance. The BJ points leaders are Artemi Panarin at 21-42-63p and Seth Jones at 14-35-49p, though the 2nd most BJ goals have come from RW Josh Anderson at 18-11-29p. Anderson has been out all month a knee sprain and is expected to miss another week.
The Bruins have met the Blue Jackets twice before during this season – losing in a shootout in October. However, in their December meeting, the Bruins embarrassed the Jackets 7-2.

Tonight’s game will celebrate our local Olympians, so one presumes that Brian Gionta & Ryan Donato will be featured as part of pre-game festivities.

Anyway, let’s do some lines…

Based on morning rushes (but everything outside the top 2 forward lines is more jumbled than usual, so I’m not super confident of this…)
Note: it looks like Ryan Donato was given number 17, which was not the most predictable option:

Bruins Forward Lines
Brad Marchand

Brad Marchand

Riley Nash

R. Nash

David Pastrnak

David Pastrnak

Ryan Donato

David Krejci

David Krejci

Danton Heinen

Danton Heinen

Tim Schaller

Sean Kuraly

Tommy Wingels

Tommy Wingels

Ain't got time to Blidh

Anton Blidh

Noel Acciari

Noel Acciari

Brian Gionta

Brian Gionta

Bruins Defensive pairs
Torey Krug

Torey Krug

Brandon Carlo

Brandon Carlo

Matt Grzelcyk

Matt Grzelcyk

Kevan Miller

Kevan Miller

Nick Holden

Nick Holden

Adam McQuaid

Adam McQuaid

Goaltending
Tuukka Rask (Anton Khudobin)

O:

Blue Jackets Forwards
Artemi Panarin — Pierre-Luc Dubois — Cam Atkinson
Sonny Milano — Nick Foligno — Oliver Bjorkstrand
Boone Jenner — Alexander Wennberg — Thomas Vanek
Matt Calvert — Mark Letestu — Brandon Dubinsky

Blue Jackets Defense
Zach Werenski — Jack Johnson
Ian Cole — David Savard
Ryan Murray — Markus Nutivaara

Blue Jackets Goaltending
Sergei Bobrovsky
Joonas Korpisalo

Officiating roster.
(H/T Scouting the Refs):

Referees
Dave Jackson #8
Kendrick Nicholson #30
Linesmen
Shane Heyer #55
Ryan Daisy #81

Jackson & Heyer are veteran refs. But more importantly, I just realized that some dude has the last name “Daisy”.
MIND
BLOWN
Whoooooooah!

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Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

B rad had a legit beef there. Watch out Blues. Bruins gona be pissed off.

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

Feeling a little robbed here.

At least they got the one point.

Satan81
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Satan81

Ah well.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

That sucks.

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

Fuck. Ridiculous.

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

Nice, Krug

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

Clear it, boys!

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

Tuuuuuukk

Satan81
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Satan81

Given the injuries, I’ll gladly take the point.

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

No call? DUMB