Game Day Thread: Florida Panthers @ Boston Bruins

Bruins vs Fancy Cats Intensifies

The Bruins are at the TD Garden again today for a matinee game, finishing up the series against “flortheast division” rival, the Florida Fancy Cats.

The Bruins have had an up + down couple of weeks since their 5 week long winning streak, but one thing has been pretty consistent – and that is their dominance at home. The Bruins have won their last 12 home games in a row, and gone to OT in the two games prior to that.

The Bruins now have 103 points, clinching a playoff berth, remaining 3rd place league-wide, and in 2nd place in the Atlantic division, behind Tampa Bay who are obviously uncatchable with 19 points ahead of them at 122. 3rd-place Toronto is now 6 points behind Boston, with 5 games remaining.

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 still rearranging themselves, but mostly trending towards better.

Sean Kuraly and John Moore are freshly injured, but previously injured David Pastrnak, Torey Krug, Marcus Johansson and Jake DeBrusk are all back in the lineup. Defensemen Kevan Miller and Matt Grzelcyk have both been out for an extended stretch of time, but are finding their way back, and were wearing their usual black sweaters during Friday’s practice, rather than the red no-contact ones they were sporting previously. Both are listed as game-time decisions.

David Pastrnak has been playing on the Bergeron & Marchand line with Marcus Johansson skating with David Krejci and Jake DeBrusk, however, Coach Bruce Cassidy swapped them around during practice, and will stat with Johansson on the top line, & Pasta with Krejci. Charlie Coyle has been playing with Heinen & Wagner as the “3rd” line.
Steven Kampfer and Connor Clifton have been in for Grizz & Moore/Miller. John Moore has an arm injury and is out week-to-week. Grizz was skating with Clifton and Miller with Kampfer in practice on Friday. It looks like Grizz-Clifton will be in today, with Miller returning tomorrow. AHL call-up Karson Kuhlman was called up again “on emergency basis”, but the forward lines seemed to be fully staffed, so it is not clear if he will work his way into the game. Tuukka Rask will be in net.

Bruins Forward Lines
Brad Marchand

Brad Marchand

Patrice Bergeron

Patrice Bergeron

Marcus Johansson

Jake DeBrusk

Jake DeBrusk

David Krejci

David Krejci

David Pastrnak

David Pastrnak

Danton Heinen

Danton Heinen

Charlie Coyle

Charlie Coyle

#14 - Chris Wagner

Chris Wagner

Joakim Nordstrom

Joakim Nordstrom

Noel Acciari

Noel Acciari

David Backes

David Backes

Bruins Defensive pairs
Zdeno Chara

Zdeno Chara

Charlie McAvoy

Charlie McAvoy

Torey Krug

Torey Krug

Brandon Carlo

Brandon Carlo

Matt Grzelcyk

Matt Grzelcyk

Connor Clifton

Connor Clifton

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

Today’s opponent are the Florida Panthers. They’ve been a middling team all season, and have a 1-2-0 record vs the Bruins. They’ve been less effective most recently, going 2-4-0 in their last six games, and are 34-32-12 on the season for 80 points and 5th place in the division. They’ve only 1 guy formally out with injury – Derek MacKenzie (shoulder) – but backup goaltender James Reimer has been struggling with a leg injury, giving Sam Montembeault some opportunities to play. Their best scoring forward is young Aleksander Barkov who has 34g/56a (90pts) and a solid faceoff win percentage of 53.7 but negative +/- of -9. They have two 30 goal scorers in Barkov and Huffman, with Huffman having a slight edge at 35 goals to Barkov’s 34. Bobby Lu will be in net for the Fancy Cats. (h/t Daily Faceoff and Jameson Olive):

Panthers Forwards
#11 Jonathan Huberdeau — #16 Aleksander Barkov — #63 Evgenii Dadonov
#68 Mike Hoffman — #21 Vincent Trocheck — #8 Jayce Hawryluk
#62 Denis Malgin — #95 Henrik Borgstrom — #72 Frank Vatrano
#73 Dryden Hunt — #15 Riley Sheahan — #22 Troy Brouwer

Panthers Defense
#3 Keith Yandle — #5 Aaron Ekblad
#13 Mark Pysyk — #2 Josh Brown
#52 MacKenzie Weegar — #25 Brady Keeper

Panthers Goaltending
#1 Roberto Luongo
(#33 Samuel Montembeault)

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Only got one eye on this game cos I’m at work but it seems to be 90% Bruins dominance and 10% Bruins brainfade that leads to a goal against.

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So far this period I’ve seen:
Bruins: How does hockey work? Oh yeah, scramble scramble scramble.
Luongo: Save.

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Evening/Afternoon.
Good game this, eh?

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I can see I didn’t miss much in the first two periods.

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Dammit

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ACCIARI!

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Man, I was hoping Krejci had that. Marchand, too.

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Can Acciari beat up Weegar again? Pretty please?

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I’d be ok with that

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Will you settle for a goal?!

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Hey Guys!