The Bruins will be taking on the Blue Jackets tonight at Nationwide Arena. In their last ten outings, the
B’s are 6-3-1. The Soldiers-turned-insects (seriously, what are they going for here?) are 6-2-2 in their last
ten games. Coincidentally, the last nine of those ten games have been started by rookie goaltender and
Finnish sensation Joonas Korpisalo. JK will be starting again tonight, against the Flying Finnish King, the
one and only Tuukka Rask.
A few bullet points for your consideration:
Saint Patrice Bergeron skated this morning but it still considered day-today and will be a game time decision.
Adam McQuaid has been activated from IR but could still be a game time decision.
With that, Colin Miller has been sent down to Providence. It’s better than benching him.
Blue Jackets’ Captain Brandon Dubinsky didn’t skate this morning because he wasn’t feeling too well, but reportedly will be in the lineup tonight.
CBJ reactivated Curtis McElhinney from IR and sent G Anton Forsberg back down to Lake Erie.
Bobrovsky (groin) is off the case but hasn’t been asked to turn in his badge and gun. He’s begun skating away from the Blue Jackets, but there’s currently no timetable on his return.
BC alum and CBJ RW Cam Atkinson met the dog he earned for a nice family with his hard work.
Scott Hartnell, Cam Atkinson, and Brandon Saad are in a three-way tie for the Blue Jackets’ scoring lead with 37 points. Saad has notched the most goals of the trio with 21.
In coaching news, John Tortorella is practicing again, after having broken a couple ribs in a nasty collision with Rene Bourque on January 22.
Torts is also now able to pronounce Joonas Korpisalo’s name. He was apparently quite productive after Bourque ran him over.
Lines, lines, everywhere are lines:
Rinaldo skated this morning, but didn’t take part in line rushes, so I’d expect the fourth line above to be the one we see tonight.
This is what they did in practice this morning, but Chiller has since been sent to the Land of the Baby Bears. So, I’d expect McQuaid to fill in for Chiller.
BLUE JACKETS FORWARDS:
Boone Jenner – Brandon Dubinsky – Cam Atkinson
Brandon Saad – Alexander Wennberg – Scott Hartnell
Matt Calvert – William Karlsson – Nick Foligno
Kerby Rychel – Greg Campbell – Rene Bourque
BLUE JACKETS DEFENSE:
Ryan Murray – Seth Jones
Jack Johnson – David Savard
Fedor Tyutin – Dalton Prout
That’s the top pairing of the future, right there. Yeow.
Most importantly, let’s get ready to party – what’s on tap?