Game Day Thread: Preds @ Bruins


Today is a matinee game at the TD Garden. The visiting team are the Preds.

The Bruins have been playing some decent hockey lately, beating the Habs in Montreal, and the Ducks at home. I’m not sure that either opponent brought their “A” game, but those are two good teams to have beaten.

Patrice Bergeron rejoined practice on Wednesday, and is a game-time decision for today’s tilt. Other injured Bruins have been at practice — Zdeno Chara, Urho Vaakanainen, Kevan Miller and Jake DeBrusk. Vaakanainen may not be called on to play for Boston in the near future, but will appear it the IIHF World Juniors representing Finland.

WHAT DOES THIS GIVE US FOR LINES?
On Friday, Bergeron & Marchand skated with Danton Heinen, pushing Pastrnak with Krejci and Nordstrom. It was unclear whether JFK or Noel Acciari would be pushed off the island by the addition of the veteran center. If Bergeron does not play, it is likely that coach Cassidy reverts to the lines used from the last two games.

Bruins Forward Lines
Brad Marchand

Brad Marchand

Patrice Bergeron

Patrice Bergeron

Danton Heinen

Danton Heinen

Riley Nash

Joakim Nordstrom

David Krejci

David Krejci

David Pastrnak

David Pastrnak

Ryan Donato

Player Front Away

#23 Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson

Paul Postma

Chris Wagner

Sean Kuraly

Colby Cave, man

Colby Cave, man

David Backes

David Backes

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)

Today we get to see the Preds in our barn. The Predators are 3rd in the Western conference, and have been one of the best teams in the league all year. And while the Bruins have been a top #2 or #3 defense this season, it is the Preds who’ve been #1 in fewest goals allowed, in part due to the excelleng goaltending of Pekka Rinne. This may be a fortunate time for the Bruins to meet them, because they are currently missing Filip Forsberg, Viktor Arvidsson, Matias Ekholm and P.K. Subban. Ekholm and Colton Sissons are possible for today. This gives us a chance to see old friends Zac Rinaldo and Matt Irwin. Admit it, you’ve wanted to see Zac Rinaldo again.

(h/t Daily Faceoff):

Preds Forwards
Ryan Hartman — Ryan Johansen — Kevin Fiala
Calle Jarnkrok — Kyle Turris — Craig Smith
Miikka Salomaki — Nick Bonino — Austin Watson
Zac Rinaldo — Frederick Gaudreau — Rocco Grimaldi

Preds Defense
Roman Josi — Yannick Weber
Dan Hamhuis — Ryan Ellis
Anthony Bitetto — Matt Irwin

Preds Goaltending
Pekka Rinne
Juuse Saros

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Tough choice here.

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Winning is fun.

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I love when you just know they’re going to score a goal.

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I think we’re seeing why the Bs goals-for is so low. Between not having Bergy and half the goals they do score getting wiped off, it’s understandable.

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