The Bruins are at home, for the first game of a home-and-someone-else’s-home matinee against the Arizona Coyotes, on NESN.
The Bruins are now at 31-10-12, putting them 1st in the Atlantic, and 1st in the league, a mere 1 point ahead of the Capitals.
Last time, on Bruins hockey…
The Bruins were on the road, playing the Chicago Blackhawks. The ‘hawks are a middling team in the other conference, which was a few points out of the wild card slot. While the Bruins did not dominate this team as they did the Jets, the Wild, and the Canucks, they did mostly keep their opponent off the scoreboard, and would go on to win 2-1 in OT.
The highlight? This OT goal by Charlie McAvoy
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) February 6, 2020
Yes, that was Charlie, “do I go in the net or does the puck?” McAvoy, scoring his first goal of the season, a mere 55 games in! Kudos to Jake DeBrusk on making this happen. Will it get Charlie off the schneid for reals? I dunno, but it’s gotta be a big monkey off his back. Charlie has been an excellent contributor, with 19 assists, a +/- of +11, a respectable Corsi-For of 51.1, blocking a team-leading 104 shots, and making 111 hits, all while carrying 23 minutes a night, in all situations. So not actually logging a lot of goals is not a huge concern. Nevertheless, here’s hoping he can pop in a few more goals on his own this season
Today the Bruins will be celebrating team Captain Zdeno Chara’s recent crossing of a set of career milestones – his 1500th game in the NHL and his 1000th game as a Bruin. This will probably take place at 3pm, resulting in a delayed start to the game itself.
What will be the lineup today?
Karson Kuhlman is back. Danton Heinen was 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. He’s a healthy scratch today. Nordstrom also missed the last game due to allergy issues, Par Lindholm was in. He is looking better, but will still not suit up today.
Presumably the same forward lines will hold.
Brandon Carlo has a family issue to deal with and will be out, so the lnog-forgotten John Moore will be back. Connor Clifton is still out with an upper body injury picked up vs the Sabres, but has been skating. Steven Kampfer is still down in Providence, and Jeremy Lauzon has been called up. Lauzon – is still up, playing on his off side.
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.
Tuukka Rask will be between the pipes today.
|Bruins Forward Lines|
|Bruins Defensive pairs|
|#41 Jaroslav Halak||(#40 Tuukka Rask)|
Today’s opponent are the Arizona Coyotes. We haven’t seen them since the first week of the season, where the Bruins eeked out a 1-0 win. They are 4th in the Pacific division ad a record of 27-22-7 (61 points), and have gone 1-3-2 in their last 6 games.
Defensemen Oliver Ekman-Larsson & Jason Demers are both out with lower body injuries. Goaltender Darcy Kuember has been out since December with a lower body injury, after a strong start to the season, so Antti Raanta has been taking the bulk of starts with Adin Hill as their backup goaltender. (h/t Daily Faceoff):
#91 Taylor Hall — #18 Christian Dvorak — #83 Conor Garland
#67 Lawson Crouse — #21 Derek Stepan — #81 Phil Kessel
#9 Clayton Keller — #8 Nick Schmaltz — #13 Vinnie Hinostroza
#34 Carl Soderberg — #15 Brad Richardson — #36 Christian Fischer
#6 Jakob Chychrun — #33 Alex Goligoski
#82 Jordan Oesterle — #4 Niklas Hjalmarsson
#42 Aaron Ness — #46 Ilya Lyubushkin
#32 Antti Raanta
(#31 Adin Hill)