Game Day Thread: Bruins @ Predators

Tuukka in goal

The Bruins are traveling, playing the Predators in Nashville, and their moms are watching.

Yes, tonight is the first game of the Mom’s trip, so several of the players’ mothers are visiting wityh them while they are in Nashville.

It’s also Pekka Rinne bobblehead night at the Bridgestone Arena, so if anyone is there, be sure to pick up a glob of plastic which has no particular resemblance to the NHL goaltender!

The Bruins are now at 24-8-11, putting them 1st in the Atlantic, and 2nd in the league behind the Capitals. Yet we are all kind of disappointed in them lately, as they’ve been unwilling or unable to win games in regulation, while racking up the consolation points.

Last time, on Bruins hockey…
The Bruins were at home, fending off the Oilers… poorly. They lost in regulation for only the 2nd time at home, with an ignomius score of 1-4, but it was a game that they should have won. They started off with a David Pastrnak power play goal, but would go scoreless for the rest of the game. The Oilers would score 3 unanswered even-strenght goals and an empty net goal at the last second.

What will be the lineup today?

The usual suspects are back.

Connor Clifton picked up an upper body injury vs the Sabres, has not been skating at practices, and will not play today.

Joakim Nordstrom is out due to illness – a flu-like bug has been running through the Bruins locker room, and most of the team has gotten it.

While Charlie Coyle had been playing at 2nd-line right wing for the past couple of games, AHL call-up Anders Bjork has been in that role in recent practices, and will be given a shot there in tonight’s game.

Injured defensemen Kevan Miller (fractured kneecap) is still not close to being ready for his season debut. Forward Karson Kuhlman has been sent to the Providence Bruins for a conditioning stint before returning to Boston’s lineup.
Anton Blidh (recovering from shoulder surgery) has begun skating before practice but not during practice. He will probably go to Providence as well.

Tuukka Rask will be in goal.


Bruins Forward Lines
Brad Marchand

Brad Marchand

Patrice Bergeron

Patrice Bergeron

David Pastrnak

David Pastrnak

Jake DeBrusk

Jake DeBrusk

David Krejci

David Krejci

Anders Bjork

Anders Bjork

Danton Heinen

Danton Heinen

Charlie Coyle

Charlie Coyle

Player Front Away

#18 Brett Ritchie

Sean Kuraly

Sean Kuraly

Par Lindholm

Par Lindholm

#14 - Chris Wagner

Chris Wagner

Bruins Defensive pairs
Zdeno Chara

Zdeno Chara

Charlie McAvoy

Charlie McAvoy

Torey Krug

Torey Krug

Brandon Carlo

Brandon Carlo

Matt Grzelcyk

Matt Grzelcyk

John Moore

John Moore

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

The Predators are a team in turmoil. They just canned their head coach Peter Laviolette as well as Kevin McCarthy, and inserted John Hynes (formerly of the Devils)in the top role.

Their record is 19-15-7 (45 points), placing them 6th in the central division. They’ve been good at scoring goals this season, but average at keeping them out of their own net. Their PP & PK are both subpar.
Top pairing D-man Ryan Ellis got his clock cleaned by perpetual pest Corey Perry at the Winter Classic and is on IR. Colton Sissons is also on Injured Reserve, and Dante Fabbro missed the last game with an upper body injury.
(h/t Daily Faceoff):

Preds Forwards
#9 Filip Forsberg — #92 Ryan Johansen — #33 Viktor Arvidsson
#19 Calle Jarnkrok — #95 Matt Duchene — #64 Mikael Granlund
#23 Rocco Grimaldi — #42 Colin Blackwell — #15 Craig Smith
#32 Yakov Trenin — #8 Kyle Turris — #51 Austin Watson

Preds Defense
#59 Roman Josi — #7 Yannick Weber
#14 Mattias Ekholm — #45 Alexandre Carrier
#5 Dan Hamhuis — #52 Matt Irwin

Preds Goaltending
#35 Pekka Rinne
(#74 Juuse Saros)

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Coyle for the quota!!!

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Tuuuuuukkkaaaa!!!

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Yay?

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Yay, indeed!!

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Bergy!!!!!! Woo hoo!!

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That’s a sweet goal.

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Crap. That’s a pretty nice 5 on 3 goal.

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Mekka lekka ho!!!