The Bruins are still on the road, this time playing the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena.
The Bruins were great in their post-deadline home series, winning all 6 games in a row — this extended their point streak to 19 games, but it could not last forever…
On Sunday, they played the Pittsburgh Penguins, and could not solve Matt Murray, peppering him with 41 shots for only 2 goals, losing 2-4. They got off to a slow start, were behind in the score for most of the game and in spite of the high shot count, did not dominate play in any dimension. This leaves them with a still pretty impressive record of 21-4-5 since new year’s day.
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) March 11, 2019
Tuukka Rask had the day off, so he is still on a 19 game points streak, having a record of 16-0-3 in his last 19 starts.
The Bruins have 93 points, and are still in 2nd place in the league behind division-leading Tampa Bay who are a whopping 17 points ahead of them at 110 with 13 games remaining. 3rd-place Toronto is only 4 points behind.
On the down side, the Bruins have recently suffered a bunch of injuries to some non-trivial players. The most serious being Marcus Johansson, who suffered a lung contusion, and his would-be line mate Jake Debrusk has spent a few days wearing a walking boot rather than playing hockey — KPD reports that the team fears DeBrusk may have a non-displaced fracture.
What do the lines look like now?
Well, yeah, they are lines but they’re still jumbled.
Peter Cehlárik came in to play Krejci’s right wing once Marcus Johansson went down with a lung contusion and Lee Stempniak was recalled to play with Jake DeBrusk out with his leg in a walking boot. The Bruins were hopeful that DeBrusk would be able to play Sunday vs the Penguins, or today vs the Blue Jackets, but nope. Stempniak has been sent back down to Providence, and Trent Frederic has been called up. This allows Charlie Coyle to move into the spot on David Krejci’s wing. Nordstrom & Kuraly are expected to return to their usual spots. Coach Bruce Cassidy was hopeful that DeBrusk & Johansson would be available sometime soon, but it does not appear to be today. Matt Grzelcyk got a scare on Sunday, when Patric Hornqvist crushed his arm against the glass. The arm is not broken, but he’s still not playing and Steven Kampfer will play instead. David Pastrnak and his broken thumb have been skating at practices this week, but is described as ‘week-to-week’ and will not be available to play. The same can be said of Kevan Miller and his upper body injury. Neither are on the road trip. Tuukka Rask will start in goal today.
|Bruins Forward Lines|
|Bruins Defensive pairs|
|#40 Tuukka Rask||(#41 Jaroslav Halak)|
The Blue Jackets have been trying hard to get into the postseason, and have just recently snuck back into the 2nd wild-card spot, narrowly pushing out the Habs by a tiebreaker. They were active at the trade deadline – originally rumored to have been shopping pending free agent Artemi Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsky, they became buyers, acquiring highly sought after forwards Ryan Dzingel and Matt Duchene (who have somewhat under-performed for the BJs so far) as well as ex-Bruin Adam McQuaid. Also note that ‘lumbus is the latest landing spot for ex-Bruin Riley Nash. They are 2-4-0 over their last 6 outings.
Ryan Murray is unavailable due to injury. Boone Jenner is expected to return from injury tonight.
(h/t the Athletic’s Alison Lukan @AlisonL)
Blue Jackets Forwards
#9 Artemi Panarin — #18 Pierre-Luc Dubois — #13 Cam Atkinson
#19 Ryan Dzingel — #95 Matt Duchene — #77 Josh Anderson
#71 Nick Foligno — #38 Boone Jenner — #20 Riley Nash
#17 Brandon Dubinsky — #10 Alexander Wennberg — #28 Oliver Bjorkstrand
(#50 Eric Robinson)
Blue Jackets Defense
#8 Zach Werenski — #3 Seth Jones
#65 Markus Nutivaara — #58 David Savard
#4 Scott Harrington — #54 Adam McQuaid
Blue Jackets Goaltending
#72 Sergei Bobrovsky
(#70 Joonas Korpisalo)