The Bruins face the Rangers in the big apple tonight at 7PM EST on NESN & MSG.
After 10 games, and winning the “well we coulda-shoulda got the championship” consolation cup match vs the Blues, the Bruins are at 7-1-2, which is good for 2nd place in the Atlantic.
The NHL leader boards currently have a lot of Black & Gold on them. The Bruins are the league leader in fewest Goals Against per game with a stunning 1.90. The player with the most Goals scored is David Pastrnak, with 11. The goaltender with the highest save % is Tuukka Rask at .952. The best Power Play in the league is the Bruins, scoring 34.4% of the time. It’s been a good start to the season, though secondary scoring hasn’t really developed.
What will be the lineup tonight?
Not quite the usual suspects today.
Well David Krejci has been out with an upper-body injury, but was last skating in a white jersey at practice, and is expected to return on Tuesday. Karson Kuhlman is on IR with an arm fracture, after blocking a shot. Anton Blidh is having shoulder surgery, and will miss the next 4 months. Joakim Nordstrom, who has been in & out is out again with an infection. Chris Wagner, who returned to Saturday night’s game after a shot block that sent him down the tunnel, will not be playing tonight. Peter Cehlarik has been called up from Providence on emergency basis – he has scored 6 goals in his last 6 AHL games, and we all know how the B’s like to call up the hot hand.
Defensemen Kevan Miller and John Moore are still on Injured Reserve and Long-term Injured Reserve respectively, providing playing time for Matt Grzelcyk and Connor Clifton.
Providence-Bruins call-up Anders Bjork will continue his stint in the NHL Bruins lineup today.
(I’m guessing Bjork’s future will be in Providence after this weekend)
Jaro Halak will be in goal today.
|Bruins Forward Lines|
|Bruins Defensive pairs|
|#41 Jaroslav Halak||(#40 Tuukka Rask)|
This evening’s opponent are the Rangers. They are healthy right now, with no reported injuries. There have been quite a few personnel changes since last we faced them. Most significantly, they were the winners of the Artemi Panarin sweepstakes. Vladdy Namestnikov is now a Senator, Jimmy Vesey is a Sabre. Mats Zuccarello is on the Wild, Kevin Hayes is a Flyer, Kevin Shattenkirk is a Bolt. The Rangers are an anemic 3-4-1 on the season, putting them in 7th place in the metro division. You can expect to see Hank in net tonight.
(h/t Daily Faceoff):
#20 Chris Kreider — #93 Mika Zibanejad — #17 Jesper Fast
#10 Artemi Panarin — #16 Ryan Strome — #89 Pavel Buchnevich
#48 Brendan Lemieux — #21 Brett Howden — #24 Kaapo Kakko
#38 Micheal Haley — #50 Lias Andersson — #42 Brendan Smith
#25 Libor Hajek — #8 Jacob Trouba
#18 Marc Staal — #23 Adam Fox
#76 Brady Skjei — #77 Anthony DeAngelo
#30 Henrik Lundqvist
(#40 Alexandar Georgiev)