It’s the second round of the playoffs, and the Bruins are still in it, and they’ve done two things the regular season-leading Tampa Bay Lightning were unable to do – advance to the 2nd round of the playoffs, and win a playoff game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. That’s a pretty good start. Let’s keep it going. Tonight, on NBC.
LET’S GO BRUINS!
Well, the playoffs have progressed and we are into the second round, and this opponent is prone to playing a more physical game than either the Leafs or the Lightning, and the Bruins are not a team that particularly shies away from that.
The Bruins came out with a roar in game one, completely dominating the Blue Jackets, and holding them to one shot on goal for most of the first period. However they only scored once in that time and eventually gave up 2 goals in quick succession a third of the way into the third period on a couple of Bruin gaffes. But Charlie Coyle – was having none of it, and tied the game back up & fired the winning goal in overtime. This gave him a total of 5 goals and 1 assist in 8 playoff games this postseason.
It’s round two.
It’s our turn now.
(I mean, it was our turn last round, but it is also our turn now. Again. Or something.)
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) April 25, 2019
What will be the lineup tonight?
Familiar, but there are a few variables.
David Krejci got knocked out of the last game with a high hit from ex-Bruin Riley Nash. He did not go into concussion protocol, and made it through morning practice, but is still a game time decision.
Kevan Miller has been out with a knee injury, so both Matt Grzelcyk & John Moore were in the line up during the Leafs series. John Moore is a bit banged up with an upper body issue, so Connor Clifton replaced him in the last game and will do so again tonight. Clifton is also more physical than Moore.
It’s a playoff game, so Tuukka Rask will be the starting netminder.
David Backes and Chris Wagner were out for games 6 & 7 vs Toronto, but it looks like Wagner will appear on the Coyle line in place of Karson Kuhlman. Danton Heinen is with the Bergeron-Marchand line, with David Pastrnak on the DeBrusk-Krecji line. The 4th line should continue to be Nordstrom-Kuraly-Acciari as in the last two games vs Toronto.
|Bruins Forward Lines|
|Bruins Defensive pairs|
|#40 Tuukka Rask||(#41 Jaroslav Halak)|
The Blue Jackets shocked the world by crushing the league-dominating Tampa Bay Lightning in the playoffs as the 8th seeded wild-card team. They have a record of 47-31-4 (98 points) and are 4-0-0 over their last four playoff games. They are the current home for ex-Bruin Adam McQuaid. They are a tiny bit banged up with Ryan Murray, Adam McQuaid and Markus Nutivaara unavailable due to injury. Vs. the Bruins, they have fared better than most at 1-1-1 in the regular season.
Nutivaara was at today’s optional morning skate, so he may make it into the lineup soon, though he said he was not ready for tonight.
Cam Atkinson is a bit miffed ove Brad Marchand wrecking a pice of his equpment in game 1
Blue Jackets Forwards
#9 Artemi Panarin — #18 Pierre-Luc Dubois — #28 Oliver Bjorkstrand
#19 Ryan Dzingel — #95 Matt Duchene — #13 Cam Atkinson
#42 Alexandre Texier — #71 Nick Foligno — #77 Josh Anderson
#20 Riley Nash — #38 Boone Jenner — #17 Brandon Dubinsky
Blue Jackets Defense
#8 Zach Werenski — #3 Seth Jones
#14 Dean Kukan — #58 David Savard
#4 Scott Harrington — #6 Adam Clendening
Blue Jackets Goaltending
#72 Sergei Bobrovsky
(#70 Joonas Korpisalo)
It will be lit.
Don’t get stuck in the bathroom for too long!