The Bruins are still at home, this time hosting the Dallas Stars on NBCSN.
The Bruins are now at 39-13-12, putting them 1st in the Atlantic, and 1st in the league, 5 points ahead of the Tampa. And also 6 points ahead of the Caps & Blues.
The Bruins played two games lately.
But I refuse to discuss them.
Fortunately, the Lightning, Toronto & Florida are not currently catchin up so the status quo has been maintained.
What will be the lineup today?
Well, there are some interesting new faces to consider
Anton Blidh is still with the team.
Brett Ritchie is still in Providence.
David Backes has been traded to Anaheim and Ondrej Kase has joined the Bruins with one year left on his contract. Kase has had some injury issues and is currently battling a flu. He will debut tonight.
New guy Nick Ritchie, brother of Brett Ritchie, had his debut on Tuesday. No word on any interest in Lionel Ritchie.
Injured defensemen Kevan Miller (fractured kneecap) “has no timeline” for his season debut, but has been skating on his own. Connor Clifton has been skating and has been sent to Providence on a conditioning stint, and returned to Boston.
Nick Ritchie was on the wing of the Coyle line last night but will be on Ritchie-Krejci-Kase line tonight. Blidh has alternated with Nordy on the 4th line. I’m hearing that neither will skate tonight.
Jaro Halak will be in net today.
|Bruins Forward Lines|
|Bruins Defensive pairs|
|#41 Jaroslav Halak||(#40 Tuukka Rask)|
We have not seen the Dallas Stars since the season opener, when they were in a six-way tie for last place in their division at 0-0. They are currently in a playoff spot with a record of 37-20-6 (80 points) placing them 3rd in the Central division. They are 4-1-1 in their last 6. Their biggest playmakers are still Tyler Seguin & Jamie Benn with 48 & 35 points on the season, but they do not yet have a 20 goal scorer. Benn is tied with bottom-six wings Roope Hintz and Denis Gurianov with 18 goals each. Their goaltending has been solid with Ben Bishop making saves at a more than solid rate of .922 and Khudobin at an impressive .931. Their power play and penalty kill are both pretty good.
On the injury front, they are fairly healthy. Martin Hanzal is on IR with an ongoing back issue, Stephen Johns is day to day with upper body injury. Their lines look as follows
(h/t Sean Shapiro):
#14 Jamie Benn — #91 Tyler Seguin — #10 Corey Perry
#13 Mattias Janmark — #16 Joe Pavelski — #47 Alexander Radulov
#11 Andrew Cogliano — #12 Radek Faksa — #15 Blake Comeau
#24 Roope Hintz — #18 Jason Dickinson — #34 Denis Gurianov
#23 Esa Lindell — #3 John Klingberg
#2 Jamie Oleksiak — #4 Miro Heiskanen
#45 Roman Polak — #5 Andrej Sekera
#30 Ben Bishop
(#35 Anton Khudobin)