The Bruins are back home tonight, facing the St. Louis Blues.
This is “Hockey is for Everyone Night“, part of the NHL’s “You Can Play” inclusion initiative. (Feel free to watch the trolls & homophobes on social media get upset that an organization is trying to be inclusive towards LGTBQ people.)
The Bruins are on the 2nd night of an away-and-home back-to-back, after losing ignominiously to the Philadelphia Flyers. We were fortunate to see the season debut of forward prospect Peter Cehlarik – who gave us a boarding penalty, a 5-on-5 goal and a goal in garbage time. Is this a sign of things to come? Hopefully so, but if not, he would not be the first Bruins prospect to score in an early showing only to fade in the longer haul. Hoping for the best, but he is still a chicken not yet hatched and therefore not to be counted. We also got to see yet another team play a depth-chart goaltender (Carter Hart) only to have him make an impressive showing and disappoint Bruin shooters with his netminding skills, stopping 39 of 42 shots. On the opposite side of the rink, Jaro Halak’s Cinderella season has turned back into a pumpkin, allowing 4 goals on 19 shots, though it must be noted that the shots allowed by the Bruins were rich in strong scoring opportunities.
So what do the lines look like?
As you are by now aware, Colby Cave was placed on waivers on Monday, possibly to provide Peter Cehlarik with a playing opportunity, but was lost to the Oilers via the waiver process.
Thus I am sad to announce the retirement of the Colby Cave hockey doodle.
Good bye old friend, you have served us well.
Joakim Nordstrom is still out & wearing a walking boot. Steve Kampfer, John Moore and David Backes were healthy scratches last night. However, possibly since the team was defensively unsound in the defending zone, possibly in an effort to keep players fresh, John Moore will be replacing Matt Grzelcyk on the roster tonight.
David Backes will be back tonight, but will push Noel Acciari out of the lineup, not Peter Cehlarik, resulting in a juggling of the 4th (3RD?) line – 14-52-42, the other 3 lines will remain the same as last night.
Tuukka, naturally, is in goal tonight.
|Bruins Forward Lines|
|Bruins Defensive pairs|
|#40 Tuukka Rask||(#41 Jaroslav Halak)|
This evening’s opponent are the Blues. They are reasonably beat up right now, with Tyler Bozak and Erik Foley experiencing concussion symptoms, Alex Steen & Rob Thomas out with shoulder injuries, Carl Gunnarson, Oskar Sundqvist and Zach Sanford all questionable for tonight with either illness or upper-body injuries. They have a record of 20-20-5 (45 points) which puts them 6th in the 7-team Central division, however they are on a bit of a roll right now, having gone 4-1-1 in their last 6 games. Top scoring threats are Ryan O’Reilly & David Perron at 16G/29A/45pts and 17G/17A/34pts respectively. Defenseman Joel Edmundson is by far the man most likely to be in the penalty box. Goaltender Jake Allen has been fairly hot while on the road and is expected in net tonight. The Blues are going to ice with 7 defensemen tonight.
(h/t Daily Faceoff and St. Louis Post-Dispatch beat writer Jim Thomas):
#17 Jaden Schwartz — #10 Brayden Schenn — #91 Vladimir Tarasenko
#33 Jordan Kyrou — #90 Ryan O’Reilly — #57 David Perron
#15 Robby Fabbri — #70 Oskar Sundqvist — #7 Patrick Maroon
#49 Ivan Barbashev — #9 Sammy Blais
#6 Joel Edmundson — #27 Alex Pietrangelo
#19 Jay Bouwmeester — #55 Colton Parayko
#29 Vince Dunn — #41 Robert Bortuzzo
#4 Carl Gunnarsson
#34 Jake Allen
(#30 Jordan Binnington)