Today, the Bruins are in Boston to NOT start their “West Coast Tour” vs the L.A. Kings
The roadies are very excited about the tourThe Bruins will have a pre-game ceremony at 1PM EST to celebrate star Patrice Bergeron’s 1000 games as a Bruin, since the last one was overshadowed by the Patriots having the temerity to win the Superbowl. Couldn’t they have waited a week? Geez. Expect team captain Zdeno Chara to lead festivities.
Also, closer to home, Red Bull will hold their “Crashed Ice” event at Fenway Park after the game.
The Bruins had a nice little bounce-back over the last week, winning two in a row against playoff-caliber teams the Islanders & Capitals, but followed that up with a game against the bottom-dwelling Rangers. How did it go? Well they did pretty well over the first two periods.
But the one point did allow them to squeak ahead of the Habs in the standings. Naturally, this did not last — the Habs are now a game and 2 points up on the Bruins. So the Bruins need to find their mojo for real if they want to be able to get into the playoffs with any momentum. (as we all know, the intensity level gets turned up to eleven in the playoffs)
The return of Tuukka Rask will help, but they still need to find and sustain secondary scoring.
So tell me about the lines…
Danton Heinen had been swapped to David Backes’ spot on the right of the 3rd line, but in an apparent effort to spread scoring around, David Pastrnak is going to start on the 2nd line, with Heinen taking the spot on the top line, albeit on his off side, with call-up Peter Cehlárik still playing on David Krejci’s left side. This trio should provide the B’s with some creativity.
Other P-Bruin call-up, Trent Frederic gets the night off, bringing David Backes back into the lineup against the heavy L.A. Kings. Defenseman John Moore was out last game but the guy he usually rotates with — Matt Grzelcyk — has suffered a lower body injury, so he will rotate back in. The usual defensive pairings were jumbled for the last two games, getting the Chara-Carlo pairing back together, but it looks like Carlo will be opposite Moore and McAvoy will return to Chara’s side. Tuukka gets the start.Coach Bruce Cassidy commented yesterday on the lineup issues for this game:
|Bruins Forward Lines|
|Bruins Defensive pairs|
|#40 Tuukka Rask||(#41 Jaroslav Halak)|
Today is a matinee game against the Kings. They are reasonably healthy right now, missing Jonny Brodzinski, Jeff Carter and Trevor Lewis. They are at the bottom of their division but have won their last three games making them perfectly suited to be a team whose level the Bruins might play down to. The Kings were the latest landing spot for Ilya Kovalchuk, who has cost them a large amount of money ($6.25M) but has disappointed on the stat sheet. He has a no trade clause and is on their books for two years after this one.(h/t Daily Faceoff):
#19 Alex Iafallo — #11 Anze Kopitar — #23 Dustin Brown
#14 Brendan Leipsic — #10 Mike Amadio — #73 Tyler Toffoli
#62 Carl Hagelin — #9 Adrian Kempe — #17 Ilya Kovalchuk
#13 Kyle Clifford — #44 Nate Thompson – #51 Austin Wagner
#24 Derek Forbort — #8 Drew Doughty
#27 Alec Martinez — #61 Sean Walker
#3 Dion Phaneuf — #7 Oscar Fantenberg
#32 Jonathan Quick
#36 Jack Campbell