The Bruins return from their latest road trip tonight, playing against the New York Rangers at home. See it tonight on NBCSN
The Bruins have had an up + down couple of weeks since their 5 week long winning streak, losing 3 games in a row, then winning 4 games in a row, clinching their playoff spot, and then losing to the Tampa Bay Lightning in a heartbreaker with a terrific 2nd period and then a defensive collapse in the 3rd after surviving a 4 minute penalty kill. Unfortunately, during the Devils game, Sean Kuraly broke his hand, and during the Lightning game, Adam Erne injured John Moore’s arm.
The Bruins remain at 101 points, clinching a playoff berth, remaining 3rd place league-wide, and in 2nd place in the Atlantic division, behind Tampa Bay who are again 21 points ahead of them at 122 with 5 & 6 games remaining respectively. 3rd-place Toronto is now 5 points behind Boston.
The Bruins have three 30+ goal scorers in Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak, and appear to have discovered some secondary scoring, with additional goals recently coming from both the Krejci and Acciari lines as well as from defense.
The lines are unfortunately still rearranging themselves.
The Bruins have recently been working through some late season injuries, with David Pastrnak, Kevan Miller, Torey Krug, Matt Grzelcyk, Marcus Johansson and Jake DeBrusk all missing multiple games and Sean Kuraly, & Noel Acciari having each returned from injuries requiring the use of a full face shield, and now, Sean Kuraly and John Moore are freshly injured.
David Pastrnak was still on the Bergeron & Marchand line during practice, and Marcus Johansson was skating with David Krejci and Jake DeBrusk. Charlie Coyle has been playing with Heinen & Wagner as the “3rd” line. Steven Kampfer and Clifton have been in for Grizz & Krug. John Moore has an arm injury and is out week-to-week. Marcus Johansson and Torey Krug are both expected to return tonight. This leaves AHL call-up Karson Kuhlman as a healthy scratch, but Connor Clifton remains on the roster to fill in for John Moore.
Matt Grzelcyk (forearm), and Kevan Miller (upper body injury) were practicing today but wearing red “no contact” jerseys and are not yet ready to play.
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) March 27, 2019
Per the Bruin’s Twitter, they “are probable for the weekend”. Jaroslav Halak is tonight’s starting goaltender.
|Bruins Forward Lines|
|Bruins Defensive pairs|
|#41 Jaroslav Halak||(#40 Tuukka Rask)|
This evening’s opponent are the Rangers. They are reasonably healthy right now, missing only Fredrik Claesson, Brett Howden, and have traded away Cody McLeod for a
bag of pucks seventh round pick, now that Adam McQuaid can take on some of his duties as Mr Face-punchy dude.
Adam McQuaid has since been traded to the Blue Jackets.
The Rags have a few non-trivial injuries – Jesper Fast recently sustained a season-ending upper-body injury. Libor Hajek has a separated shoulder (*ouch*), Chris Kreider and Marc Staal are both unlikely to play due to lower-body injury. The Rangers have been playing with 7 defensemen for much of the season, with Strome & Hayes getting games off in favor of playing more Brendan Smith – on the wing!?! You can expect to see Hank in net tonight.
(h/t Daily Faceoff):
#48 Brendan Lemieux — #93 Mika Zibanejad — #89 Pavel Buchnevich
#90 Vladislav Namestnikov — #95 Vinni Lettieri — #72 Filip Chytil
#26 Jimmy Vesey — #50 Lias Andersson — #16 Ryan Strome
#24 Boo Nieves — #21 Brett Howden — #42 Brendan Smith
#76 Brady Skjei — #22 Kevin Shattenkirk
#33 Fredrik Claesson — #77 Anthony DeAngelo
#58 John Gilmour — #44 Neal Pionk
#30 Henrik Lundqvist
(#40 Alexandar Georgiev)