The Bruins are at home today, playing the Carolina Hurricanes for the 1st time this season.
After 27 games, the Bruins are at 19-3-5, which is good for 1st place in the Atlantic, and tying the Capitals for the league lead with 43 standings points.
The Bruins have the 2nd most effective power play in the league, scoring 31.6% of the time. They also have the lowest goals against rate at 2.26 GAA. Top goal-scorer David Pastrnak leads the league with 25 goals in 27 games played, and Brad Marchand has the highes +/- at +19.
When last we left our heroes, they were facing the hopeless Habs. The Habs tried to bait them into penalties by making late hits on David Pastrnak, but after finally causing a scrum, the Habs were called out on their BS giving up a power play. Pasta would make them pay with yet another goal, and David Backes would knock a David Krejci pass into the net for a 3-1 victory.
What will be the lineup tonight?
Still a little bit alien.
Patrice Bergeron is still out with a lower body injury, and Brett Ritchie is still battling infection. now that David Backes is available, call-ups Jack Studnika and Brendan Gaunce were both sent back to Providence.
The other injuries are improving slowly – Defensemen Kevan Miller and John Moore are still not ready for their season debuts, though Moore was loaned to the AHL’s P-Bruins for a 1 game conditioning stint. Forward Karson Kuhlman is still dealing with his fractured arm.
Connor Clifton has now played in 42 regular season games and 18 postseason games, totaling 60, so he is no longer waivers-exempt, with John Moore on the cusp of coming back from LTIR. Will they trade him, expose him to waivers, or send Kampfer back to the Dunk?
Jaroslav Halak will be in goal tonight, for what will be his 500th career game!
|Bruins Forward Lines|
|Bruins Defensive pairs|
|#41 Jaroslav Halak||(#40 Tuukka Rask)|
The Carolina Hurricanes are tonight’s opponent. You may remember them from such hit performances as “losing to the Bruins in the playoffs in a humiliating sweep”.
Since we last saw them, there have been quite a few roster changes – Justin Williams has no longer been playing in the NHL, they’ve acquired goaltender James Reimer, and Curtis McElhinney is now on the Lightning. Other new additions include D-men Joel Edmundson (formerly of the Blues) Ryan Dzingel (former Senator who played on the Blue Jackets for the playoffs) and Jake Gardiner (former Maple Leaf). Significant departures include Greg McKegg — now with the Rangers, Micheal Ferland (on the Canucks), Justin Faulk going to the Blues, and Calvin de Haan is now with the Blackhawks.
They’ve got an ok record of 16-10-1 which gives them 33 standings points, placing them 4th in NHL Metropolitan Division.
They are reasonably healthy, with Martin Necas out with a lower body injury, and Eric Haula has been struggling with a knee injury.
They are expected to go with 7 D tonight.
#23 Brock McGinn — #11 Jordan Staal — #13 Warren Foegele
#37 Andrei Svechnikov — #20 Sebastian Aho — #86 Teuvo Teravainen
#18 Ryan Dzingel — #71 Lucas Wallmark — #21 Nino Niederreiter
#64 Clark Bishop — #48 Jordan Martinook
#74 Jaccob Slavin — #19 Dougie Hamilton
#6 Joel Edmundson — #22 Brett Pesce
#51 Jake Gardiner — #57 Trevor van Riemsdyk
#4 Haydn Fleury
#47 James Reimer
(#34 Petr Mrazek)