Game Day Thread: Bruins @ Yotes


Tonight, a STILL critically injured Bruins team will visit Arizona where they will face the Coyotes.

Last time we saw the Bruins, they were in Dallas, and as they had 5 defensemen out due to injury they iced a whole bunch of players who were not likely to get into a lot of games at the NHL level.

It actually worked surprisingly well against the somewhat defensively depleted Stars. It didn’t hurt that Tuukka was really on his game, stopping everyshot for 62 minutes. Unfortunately, it turns out that you need to score at least one goal to win a hockey game, and they lost in OT, 0-1.

A interesting incidents happened in this game…
In the 2nd period, Stars forward Radek Faksa ran Patrice Bergeron into the boards while Bergeron was bent forward. It was unnecessary, cheap and dangerous, and Bergeron was hurt, missing the rest of the period.
Linemate Brad Marchand took exception to the hit and went after Faksa. Each went to the penalty box for roughing, with the Bruins ending up shorthanded as Marchy got a double-minor.

Marchand would later pick up a minor penalty when he tapped Goaltender Ben Bishop on the calf with his stick.


To everyone’s surprise, Bishop was able to continue in net. What a trooper. The NHL site lists Roman Polak as the victim of the slash, so clearly the NHL and or the refs were really paying close attention here.
Never one to let a bad call go, Marchand would apparently misbehave in the sin bin, and be awarded a 10 minute misconduct.

Fortunately, he would return in time for the next kerfuffle.
Patrice Bergeron would return to take the first faceoff of the 3rd period.
Halfway through said period of hockey, Bergeron expressed some displeasure with one mister Faksa for his actions earlier in the game. This resulted in a sort of line brawl.

On the random plus side, baby Bruin Connor Clifton took a bit of shade from Jason Spezza. Spezza pushed it a bit too far, and Clifton fought him, beating Spezza decisively. Congrats to the kid for his first game and his first fight.

Let’s do some lines.
!!!RED ALERT!!!
First – Patrice Bergeron will NOT be on the ice tonight – he has been sent back to Boston for medical evaluation


So I’m not getting a lot of info as to forward lines so I’m taking some guesses – they will be wrong. The Defensive pairings will likely be the same as last night. Chris Wagner was a healthy scratch last night and will surely return to the lineup tonight. Guys who could swing over from a wing into a center position include Backes, Nordstrom and Acciari, with Nordy being the most recent. You can expect Coach Cassidy to mix up the forward lines as the night progresses.

Bruins Forward Lines
Brad Marchand

Brad Marchand

Riley Nash

Joakim Nordstrom

David Pastrnak

David Pastrnak

Danton Heinen

Danton Heinen

David Krejci

David Krejci

Jake DeBrusk

Jake DeBrusk

Paul Postma

Chris Wagner

Player Front Away

#23 Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson

Anders Bjork

Anders Bjork

Noel Acciari

Noel Acciari

Sean Kuraly

David Backes

David Backes

Bruins Defensive pairs
Player Front Away

#79 Jeremy Lauzon

Matt Grzelcyk

Matt Grzelcyk

Torey Krug

Torey Krug

Player Front Away

#75 Connor Clifton

Player Front Away

#67 Jakub Zboril

Waaaaah!

Steven Kampfer

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

The Dallas Stars are just behind the Avalanche in the standings at 9-7, which actually puts them near the bottom of the Central Division standings. They are not immune to the injury bug, with 6 guys out due to injury including big defensive names Johnn Klingberg (hand surgery) and Mark Methot (LBI). While last time the boys faced the Stars they saw old friend Anton Khudobin in net, this time it will be marquee-goaltender Ben Bishop. This leaves the lines looking as follows: (h/t Daily Faceoff):

Yotes Forwards
Clayton Keller — Derek Stepan — Christian Fischer
Michael Grabner — Alex Galchenyuk — Brendan Perlini
Richard Panik — Brad Richardson — Vince Hinostroza
Lawson Crouse — Dylan Strome — Nick Cousins

Yotes Defense
Oliver Ekman-Larsson — Jordan Oesterle
Kevin Connauton — Niklas Hjalmarsson
Dakota Mermis — Ilya Lyubushkin

Yotes Goaltending
Darcy Kuemper
Hunter Miska

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Quaider4ever
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Quaider4ever

The kids are alright!!!

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

Bergeron’s absence causes quite a mess for these Bruins

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

Right now we look like a team with four AHL defensemen

Quaider4ever
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Quaider4ever

Pasta looks a lil lost without Bergy and Marchand.

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

Yeah. He did make a nice defensive play with the coyotes gor that chance where Halak made the nice save, though

Quaider4ever
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Quaider4ever

I was just going to say how well Clifton is playing.

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

Nice save, Halak!

Quaider4ever
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Quaider4ever

Awesome day on the river with Jo and friends today!!!

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

Nice!

Quaider4ever
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Quaider4ever

Two more periods like that!!!

Quaider4ever
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Quaider4ever

Grizz a lil snake bit…. no goal and a post.