It’s still the second round of the playoffs, and the Bruins and Columbus Blue Jackets are still going at it, for game 3 of the series. Tonight, on NBCSN.
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.
Game two was not as dominant early on, but the Bruins still controlled a significant portion of play. However they also gave away the puck and control in disheartening ways, including a damaging giveaway by Charlie Coyle to Seth Jones in the slot, resulting in a goal against. The Bruins would lose the game in Overtime.
Now the series is tied 1-1 and they will play a couple of games in Columbus. Time to win some hockey games, Bruins.
What will be the lineup tonight?
Well, Bruce is mixing things around a bit.
Not that Bruce, this one!
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) April 30, 2019
Kevan Miller is still out with his knee injury, and was not part of practice today. John Moore got sidelined with an upper body issue, so Connor Clifton came in in his place, pairing with Matt Grzelcyk. Grizz & Clifton will remain together tonight.
It’s a playoff game, so Tuukka Rask will be the starting netminder.
Many of the skaters looked a bit worn down over the past two games, and Coach Cassidy has been struggling to find a way to get David Pastrnak to contribute at the level he is capable of, bouncing him between the Bergeron and Krejci lines. The past couple of practices have seen Pasta on the Charlie Coyle line. This is manifested in a shakeup among the right side, with Chris Wagner rotating out of the lineup and Karson Kuhlman rotating in at his most common spot on David Krejci’s right side, though we will likely see other combinations, most likely with Kuhlman and Pasta swapping between the Krejci & Coyle lines.
|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 the last few practices, so he may make it into the lineup soon. There are a few Blue Jackets taking “maintenance days”, including Riley Nash & Josh Anderson, so it appears as if the last few games have worn them down a bit.
(h/t Daily Faceoff and CBJ reporter Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider)
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 (#65 Markus Nutivaara) — #58 David Savard
#4 Scott Harrington — #6 Adam Clendening
Blue Jackets Goaltending
#72 Sergei Bobrovsky
(#70 Joonas Korpisalo)
It will be lit.