Game Day Thread: Ducks @ Bruins


Tonight, the Anaheim Ducks are visiting the home of the Bruins.
Also, they will play a hockey game.

This will be the first meeting between the Bs and the Ducks since the Bruins acquired forward Chris Wagner.
Did you know that Wagner is originally from Walpole, MA?
Because he is.
From Walpole.
Massachusetts.
The Ducks are the team that originally drafted him, and he entered the NHL via that organization.
Did we mention he’s from Walpole?
Because you might not have heard that.

Anyway, the Bruins have had a few days off since meeting the Habs in Montreal, where they delivered a nice scoreboard beat-down to their primary rival, shutting them out and popping ahead of them in the standings. This provided some time for the many bruised, concussed, lacerated, or otherwise injured Bruin players to get a little closer to health.

Patrice Bergeron has rejoined practice, but is reportedly not ready to play yet. While Zdeno Chara was at practice, and not wearing a non-contact jersey, that’s just because there was no such jersey in his size. Urho Vaakanainen, Kevan Miller and Jake DeBrusk also practiced on Wednesday. Steven Kampfer and Sean Kuraly were both wearing full face shields during the last game, but otherwise seemed good to go. Recently acquired forward Gemel Smith was sent down to the AHL affiliate Providence Bruins, and has already played in a P-Bruins game.

WHAT DOES THIS GIVE US FOR LINES?


Oh.
Well, that’s easy.

Bruins Forward Lines
Brad Marchand

Brad Marchand

David Krejci

David Krejci

David Pastrnak

David Pastrnak

Riley Nash

Joakim Nordstrom

Colby Cave, man

Colby Cave, man

David Backes

David Backes

Ryan Donato

Player Front Away

#23 Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson

Danton Heinen

Danton Heinen

Sean Kuraly

Noel Acciari

Noel Acciari

Paul Postma

Chris Wagner

Bruins Defensive pairs
Torey Krug

Torey Krug

Brandon Carlo

Brandon Carlo

Matt Grzelcyk

Matt Grzelcyk

Charlie McAvoy

Charlie McAvoy

John Moore

John Moore

Waaaaah!

Steven Kampfer

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

This evening’s opponent are the Ducks. Unfortunately, the Ducks don’t particularly suck. They’re running at 19-12-5 for a total of 43 standings points in 36 games. That puts them roughly on par with the Bruins, though ahead due to some points from two extra games. They do have a negative goal differential, but they’ve got an unusually successful record vs the Bruins, having won something like the last 9 games vs Boston, usually involving Ryan Kesler doing something unsportsmanlike that remarkably does not get penalized. They’re a little beat up themselves. High-profile rat Corey Perry is still dealing with a blown out knee, defenseman Cam Fowler had his face severely rearranged by a puck, Patrick Eaves has a broken rib, and goaltender Ryan Miller recently wrecked his knee, opening up a slot for the likes of Chad Johnson. Forward Richard Rakell is also unlikely to appear, as he is suffering an ankle sprain.
(h/t Daily Faceoff):

Ducks Forwards
Pontus Aberg — Ryan Getzlaf — Ondrej Kase
Andrew Cogliano — Ryan Kesler — Jakob Silfverberg
Nick Ritchie — Adam Henrique — Daniel Sprong
Kiefer Sherwood — Carter Rowney — Brian Gibbons

Ducks Defense
Hampus Lindholm — Brandon Montour
Jacob Larsson — Josh Manson
Josh Mahura — Jake Dotchin

Ducks Goaltending
John Gibson
Hi I’m Chad Johnson

So get out your favorite beverage and let’s get ready to hockey!

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Wwgner having some fun!!

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If Krejci can be like that in the playoffs…..

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B rad’s hand looked okay on that pass. \_0_/

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That pass tho

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Wow! Tic TAC toe!!!

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Glove save and a beauty!

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Halak!!!!

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Okay, walked away to fold laundry aaaaaand we have a goal!