Game Day Thread: Boston Bruins @ San Jose Sharks

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Today, the Bruins are in NOT Boston but in San Jose to continue their “West Coast Tour” vs the Sharks

The Bruins played 3 games at home vs Western Conference teams a week ago, and the results were pretty good. Game one, vs The LA Kings, was Saturday, and the Bruins came away with two points. Game two vs the Avalanche last Sunday also resulted in two points with a Marchand OT goal. It might be nice to win in regulation, but nevertheless, I’ll take the two points. The 3rd game of that stretch was vs the Chicago Blackhawks, and the Bruins never lost the lead, winning by 6-3 in regulation time. This was followed by the actual start of the West Coast Tour which also has gone well, with wins over the Ducks and the Kings. That’s 5 wins in a row (if one includes the two OT wins).

This has the Bruins in 2nd place in the Atlantic Division ahead of the Leafs by a 1 point margin. But now there are tougher opponents ahead with the Sharks, Golden Knights and Blues in the immediate future. The Sharks did a nice little stats comparison between the two teams, so let me share it with you here

So tell me about the lines…

David Pastrnak fell and injured his hand last Sunday and will be out for at least another week. This resulted in Jake DeBrusk returning to the David Krejci line along with Peter Cehlárik. Cehlárik suffered a lower body injury and is out day-to-day, so emergency call up Karson Kulman will get another start, this time on David Krejci’s wing. Danton Heinen remains in the right wing spot on the top line. Trent Frederic centered Joakim Nordstrom and David Backes.
Matt Grzelcyk is back, so John Moore should be out tonight. It’s Tuukka’s turn to be in net.

Bruins Forward Lines
Brad Marchand

Brad Marchand

Patrice Bergeron

Patrice Bergeron

Danton Heinen

Danton Heinen

Jake DeBrusk

Jake DeBrusk

David Krejci

David Krejci

Player Front Away

#83 Karson Kuhlman

Riley Nash

Joakim Nordstrom

Player Front Away

#82 Trent Frederic

David Backes

David Backes

Sean Kuraly

Noel Acciari

Noel Acciari

#14 - Chris Wagner

Chris Wagner

Bruins Defensive pairs
Zdeno Chara

Zdeno Chara

Charlie McAvoy

Charlie McAvoy

Torey Krug

Torey Krug

Brandon Carlo

Brandon Carlo

Matt Grzelcyk

Matt Grzelcyk

Kevan Miller

Kevan Miller

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

This evening’s opponent are the San Jose Sharks. This is the first of two meetings between the two teams, with the next one being in about one week, in Boston. The Sharks are tied for first place in the Western Conference with 77 points, though Calgary has the advantage in goal differential as well as a game in hand. The Sharks are rolling right now, winning 5 out of their last 6 with only one OT win. They also do not appear to have any notable injuries.

Here’s the projected Sharks lineup:

Sharks Forwards
#28 Timo Meier — #39 Logan Couture — #8 Joe Pavelski
#9 Evander Kane — #48 Tomas Hertl — #27 Joonas Donskoi
#20 Marcus Sorensen — #19 Joe Thornton — #62 Kevin Labanc
#23 Barclay Goodrow — #14 Dylan Gambrell — #68 Melker Karlsson

Sharks Defensemen
#44 Marc-Edouard Vlasic — #65 Erik Karlsson
#51 Radim Simek — #88 Brent Burns
#4 Brenden Dillon — #61 Justin Braun

Sharks Goalies
#31 Martin Jones (#30 Aaron Dell)

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Satan81
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WOOOOOOOOOO!!! CHAAAHHHHLIE!!!!!

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Whew!

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…… waiting for the cock trick

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Maybe we should shoot the puck.

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ugggghhh…

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Soooo…how long before we get the stupid hockey twitter hot take of “Pasta was holding the rest of the offense back”?

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Oh my god. By the time the third line scores, or the end of the week, wjataver comes first

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JAKE GETS ANOTHER PUPPY!!!!!