The Bruins are at home, hosting the Buffalo Sabres in their first game since their lastest 3 trade-deadline player acquisitions.
Last time in Bruins Hockey…
The Bruins were hosting the Caps, at the TD Garden. The B’s have been pretty competitive with the Caps, so it sounded as if it should be a pretty even game – slight advantage to the home team, right?
The Bruins were down by 5 defensemen. FIVE. Ok, John Moore was essentially the 7th D, he’s been out, and Jarred Tinordi has since been acquired. But, the Bruins best remaining defenders were all unable to play – McAvoy, Carlo, Grzelcyk, Miller all unavailable. Jeremy Lauzon & Jakub Zboril have both been struggling of late, committing costly penalties. So the Bruins had an AHL-calibre defense in front of their (admittedly quite promising) 3rd-string goaltender. They. got. embarrassed.
While winning a fair number of faceoffs, and maintaining a par on shots, the shot opportunities allowed were too good, and the Bruins would lose by a score of 1-8.
The Bruins are now at 21-12-6 which still has them at 4th in the MassMutual East division by victory points, 10 points behind the Caps and the Isles.
They are also 4th in the division with a points percentage of .615.
What will be the lines today?
Well we’ve got a few players ready to return, and we’ve got a couple of new players who are available, so coach bruce Cassidy will have some new options vailable to him.
The Injury Report: Ondrej Kaše is skating, Tuukka is still out, and Halak is still on COVID quarantine. Brandon Carlo is out, week-to-week, with a different upper-body injury. Charlie McAvoy is seemingly back after missing a few games due to an upper body injury. Matt Grzelcyk is still out with an upper body injury. Kevan Miller was held out of the last game to manage his long-term knee injury, but did not practice this morning.
The new guys all drove into Boston yesterday in order to join the team as soon as possible. Curtis Lazar is likely unavailable, needing conditioning after missing time due to a lower body injury, however he did practice on the 4th line today. He has been assigned Bruins sweater number 20.
Left wing Taylor Hall is likely to play on David Krejci’s left, wearing number 71. Defenseman Mike Reilly was practicing paired with Steven Kampfer. He has chosen the unheralded Bruins jersey number 6. Anders Bjork is no longer on the roster, having been traded to Buffalo. This effectively retires one of my favorite player doodles.
I has teh sadz.
With all the injuries, Jarred Tinordi may play tonight.
Trent Frederic is unlikely to play tonight with a non-COVID illness.
Tuukka Rask remains out. Jaroslav Halak remains out. Jeremy Swayman is in net. Dan Vladař is backup.
|Bruins Forward Lines|
|Bruins Defensive pairs|
|#1 Jeremy Swayman||(#80 Dan Vladař)|
This evening’s opponent are the Buffalo Sabres, who the Bruins have beaten twice. The Sabres have shown slight improvement lately, but that still makes them a dumpster fire this year. This is, however, before their most recent roster changes.
They traded one of their most promising players in Taylor Hall to the Bruins along with bottom-six forward Curtis Lazar. In return, they received Anders Bjork and a 2nd round pick. The number 10 is probably not available for Bjork – have seen reference to #96. They also traded off defenseman Brandon Montour for a 3rd round draft pick to the Florida Panthers.
(h/t Daily Faceoff):
#53 Jeff Skinner — #23 Sam Reinhart — #68 Victor Olofsson
#74 Rasmus Asplund — #37 Casey Mittelstadt — #72 Tage Thompson
#96 Anders Bjork — #24 Dylan Cozens — #25 Arttu Ruotsalainen
#38 Riley Sheahan — #20 Cody Eakin — #21 Kyle Okposo
#78 Jacob Bryson — #55 Rasmus Ristolainen
#26 Rasmus Dahlin — #10 Henri Jokiharju
#44 Matt Irwin — #33 Colin Miller
#35 Linus Ullmark
(#31 Dustin Tokarski)
Bruins vs. Capitals
Referees: #17 Frederick L’Ecuyer — #44 Furman South
Linesmen: #81 Ryan Daisy — #84 Tony Sericolo