Game Day Thread: Boston Bruins @ Minnesota Mild

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The Bruins are in Minneapolis, for their final road game of the regular season, playing the Minnesota Wild, at the Xcel Energy Center, to be broadcast on NESN.

The Atlantic Division standings are now officially locked in. The Bruins have 105 points, clinching 2nd place in the division, remaining in 3rd place league-wide. Tampa Bay have clinched the President’s Trophy with 124 points. Toronto is now 6 points behind Boston, – and have clinched 3rd place – with 2 games remaining. Montreal is less than 1 point outside of the playoff structure, being tied with Columbus but with 3 fewer ROW.

This is the grand return of Charlie Coyle to Minnesota, and appears to be a big, contentios return in the making

The lines are somewhat surprising tonight.

Sean Kuraly and John Moore are still injured, but previously injured Torey Krug, Marcus Johansson, Kevan Miller and Matt Grzelcyk are all back in the lineup. Chris Wagner is dealing with a lower body injury, and even though he played on Tuesday, is getting tonight off. Karson Kuhlman has seen a few games in a middle-six role while Kuraly has been out, and the long-awaited debut of Zach Senyshen is imminent, as Senyshen and Trent Frederic have been called up on emergency basis.

David Pastrnak has mostly been playing on the Bergeron & Marchand line with Marcus Johansson skating with David Krejci and Jake DeBrusk, however, with Sean Kuraly out of commission, and Danton Heinen not practicing (illness), Karson Kuhlman had been on Krejci’s right-hand spot, with Mojo rotating to 3rd line Left. John Moore has an arm injury and is out week-to-week.

HOWEVER…
with their playoff seedings all locked up, the Bruins are going to rest a whole bunch o players.


Jaroslav Halak will be in net.

Alright, let’s mix things up!

Bruins Forward Lines
Jake DeBrusk

Jake DeBrusk

Patrice Bergeron

Patrice Bergeron

David Pastrnak

David Pastrnak

Marcus Johansson

Charlie Coyle

Charlie Coyle

Player Front Away

#19 Zach Senyshen

Danton Heinen

Danton Heinen

Trent Frederic

Trent Frederic

Karson Kuhlman

Karson Kuhlman

Joakim Nordstrom

Joakim Nordstrom

Noel Acciari

Noel Acciari

David Backes

David Backes

Bruins Defensive pairs
Torey Krug

Torey Krug

Brandon Carlo

Brandon Carlo

Matt Grzelcyk

Matt Grzelcyk

Kevan Miller

Kevan Miller

Connor Clifton

Connor Clifton

Steven Kampfer

Steven Kampfer

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

Tonight’s opponent are the Minnesota Wild. They have a record of 37-34-9 (83 points), they are 6th in their division and are locked out of the playoff structure. They are also suffering from the injury of Matt Dumba, who has had surgery on a torn pectoral muscle (ouch!), and Mikko Koivu, who has a torn ACL. (double ouch!).

Minny is also the new home of Ryan Donato – who was, of course, traded for Charlie Coyle. Donato has scored 4G 12A in 20 games as a Wild, playing 15:35 per night, which is a bit better than Coyle, who has only tallied 2G 4A in 19 games. This is also the NHL debut for Wild prospect Nico Sturm – a 23 year old German player out of Clarkson U who has impressed, and does not immediately appear to be related to Marco Sturm.
Also of note: For whatever reason, the Wild appear to be resting a couple of their big name players – Hockeybot 5011 and Hockeybot 5064 (Zach Parise & Mikael Granlund)
(h/t Daily Faceoff and the Athletic’s Jessi Pierce @jessi_pierce):

Wild Forwards
#6 Ryan Donato — #12 Eric Staal — #19 Luke Kunin
#16 Jason Zucker — #14 Joel Eriksson Ek — #22 Kevin Fiala
#18 Jordan Greenway — #7 Nico Sturm — #49 Victor Rask
#17 Marcus Foligno — #21 Eric Fehr — #23 J.T. Brown

Wild Defense
#20 Ryan Suter — #46 Jared Spurgeon
#25 Jonas Brodin — #77 Brad Hunt
#2 Anthony Bitetto — #29 Greg Pateryn

Wild Goaltending
#32 Alex Stalock
(#40 Devan Dubnyk)

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