The Bruins are back on the road again, visiting the Chicago Blackhawks.
The Bruins are now at 32-10-12, putting them 1st in the Atlantic, and 2nd in the league, a mere 1 point behind the Capitals.
Last time, on Bruins hockey…
The Bruins were at home, facing the Canucks. The Canucks had been performing well, topping the Pacific division, but they went down like a sack of rice, 4-0. This was the Bruin’s 4th win in a row, and the 3rd dominant performance out of 3 games since returning from the Wild-Card break.
What will be the lineup today?
Karson Kuhlman is back. Danton Heinen is banged up, and was held out allowing Sean Kuraly to move up to 3LW and Anton Blidh to be called up for the last game. Nordstrom also missed the last game due to allergy issues, Par Lindholm was in.
Presumably the same lines will hold.
Connor Clifton is still out with an upper body injury picked up vs the Sabres.
Steven Kampfer is still down in Providence, and Jeremy Lauzon has been called up. Lauzon – is still up, playing on his off side in place of John Moore.
Brett Ritchie is still in Providence, and David Backes is still in trade-dangle limbo. Since Backes passed through waivers, it is clear that there is no team that is ready to pick up his contract. However the Bruins may be able to move him if they retain salary? He has not been required to report to Providence.
Injured defensemen Kevan Miller (fractured kneecap) is still not close to being ready for his season debut, but has skated briefly on his own.
Jaro Halak will be between the pipes tonight.
|Bruins Forward Lines|
|Bruins Defensive pairs|
|#41 Jaroslav Halak||(#40 Tuukka Rask)|
The Bruins are facing the Blackhawks tonight, at the United Airlines Center. The last time they played each other was in early December, where the ‘hawks were running last in their division at 10-12-5. Well now, the
Blackhawks are 5th in the Central division with a record of 25-21-7, ahead of the Wild and the Jets. They’ve gone 4-1-1 in their last 6 games, losing to the Wild in OT last night, however they have been unusually good in the 2nd half of back-to-back games.
Notable injuries include Calvin de Haan, who is on LTIR after being hurt in December and requiring shoulder surgery, Brent Seabrook, who is having both hip and shoulder surgery and Andrew Shaw, who has been out with a concussion.
(h/t Daily Faceoff and NBC Sports’ Blackhawks guy Scott King):
#8 Dominik Kubalik — #19 Jonathan Toews — #91 Drake Caggiula
#20 Brandon Saad – #77 Kirby Dach — #88 Patrick Kane
#12 Alex DeBrincat — #64 David Kampf — #17 Dylan Strome
#92 Alex Nylander — #22 Ryan Carpenter – #15 Zack Smith
#2 Duncan Keith — #27 Adam Boqvist
#56 Erik Gustafsson — #5 Connor Murphy
#6 Olli Maatta — #68 Slater Koekkoek
#40 Robin Lehner
(#50 Corey Crawford)