Game Day Thread: Bruins @ Avalanche

The Bruins are out in Coloraddy, in order for the Avs to play…
(OK, that line is best read in the voice of Charlie Daniels – or Yoda)

We’ve been hearing all year that Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak is the best line in hockey. Well, Avs fans have been hearing that about Landeskog-McKinnon-Rantanen, and now we get to see them head-to head. Or head-to-checking-line or something.

The Bruins have come off a two win streak vs the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday and the Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday.
Jaro Halak, stopped an insane 71 shots, including blanking the Leafs on a dismal 9-shot penalty kill in a 20 shot period.

Tuukka Rask returns after taking some personal time, but Halak has been on fire, and got two days off so will start. Charlie McAvoy and Urho Vaakanainen are skating again after extended concussions symptoms but are still not ready to play.

Let’s do some lines.
Who uses a $1? THAT guy sure ain't ballin!
Prospects Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson and Jeremy Lauzon will be on the ice again tonight. Defenseman Kevan Miller is still not ready and forward Noel Acciari will again be a healthy scratch. Brandon Carlo still has an upper body, and so is able to wear a shirt, but is not expected to play.

So the lines map out pretty much like they did on Sunday.

Bruins Forward Lines
Brad Marchand

Brad Marchand

Patrice Bergeron

Patrice Bergeron

David Pastrnak

David Pastrnak

Riley Nash

Joakim Nordstrom

David Krejci

David Krejci

Jake DeBrusk

Jake DeBrusk

Danton Heinen

Danton Heinen

Player Front Away

#23 Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson

Anders Bjork

Anders Bjork

Paul Postma

Chris Wagner

Sean Kuraly

David Backes

David Backes

Bruins Defensive pairs
Zdeno Chara

Zdeno Chara

Matt Grzelcyk

Matt Grzelcyk

Torey Krug

Torey Krug

John Moore

John Moore

Player Front Away

Jeremy Lauzon

Waaaaah!

Stephen Kampfer

Bruins Goaltending
#41 Jaroslav Halak (#40 Tuukka Rask)

The Colorado Avalanche has been sporting a strong top forward line with Mikko Rantanen tied with Connor McDavid with a league leading 26 points (slightly ahead of Boston’s Patrice Bergeron) and linemates Landeskog & MacKinnon have 11 goals each. This has not necessarily led to victories but they are only a little behind the Bruins at a record of 8-6-3. To no-one’s surprise, they are not as defensively sound, actually sporting negative Corsi-rel scores.
They have not been completely immune to the injury bug, but I dare you to name the guys they are missing as none of them have played 100 NHL games. Carl Soderberg has apparently learned to play like someone better than Carl, as he made some nice moves against Connor McDavid on Sunday and is on pace for his best scoring season to date. (h/t Daily Faceoff and beat writer Ryan Clark):

Avs Forwards
Gabriel Landeskog — Nathan Mackinnon — Mikko Rantanen
Alexander Kerfoot — Tyson Jost — Colin Wilson
Sheldon Dries — Carl Soderberg — Matt Calvert
Matthew Nieto — Vladislav Kamenev — Gabriel Bourque

Avs Defense
Samuel Girard — Erik Johnson
Ian Cole — Tyson Barrie
Nikita Zadorov — Mark Barberio

Avs Goaltending
Semyon Varlamov
(Philipp Grubauer)

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Good morning!

Crazy here today. Short three people. There are two of us. AHHHHHHH

I can’t believe I stayed up for that whole game last night

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Why didn’t Carl play like this as a Bruin

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Sometimes he did!

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Fudge!

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Hey Pals!
Just back from my game.
WTF? I leave for five minutes and you break another d man?

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Cracking open a freshy!

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Dayum

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GUYS THIS IS FUN, WHY ARE YOU SLEEPING