Bruins Trade Deadline Preview Extravaganza

The Boston Bruins have exceeded the expectations of many prognisticators and have put themselves into a strong position to make the playoffs heading into the February 29 trade deadline. However, despite the strides made this season, they have significant deficiencies on defense that must be addressed if they want more than a one-round playoff run.

It’s clear what the Bruins’ need is: defensive help, particularly at the #3-#4 defenseman spots. The Bruins have the 3rd-best offense in the league, so acquiring an offensive defenseman doesn’t help much. They’re looking for stability in their own end. What are the defensive options available? What can the Bruins offer? What might be their game plan? Who might be willing trade partners?

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Toronto Maple Leafs vs Boston Bruins, 2/2/2016

The Boston Bruins return from the All Star break 29-18-5 for 57 points, fourth in the Atlantic and first in the wild card. Tonight they take on the Toronto Maple Leafs (17-22-9 43 points) at TD Garden. The Bruins are 11-13-2 at home; with games against Toronto and Buffalo this week at the Garden, their home record should improve. Toronto is 10-14-2 on the road and 1-7-2 in their last ten.

Tonight’s Lines (from dailyfaceoff.com)
Boston
Marchand – Bergeron – Connolly
Eriksson – Krejci – Pastrnak
Beleskey – Spooner – Hayes
Rinaldo – Talbot – Ferraro

Chara – Trotman
Seidenberg – C. Miller
Krug – K. Miller

Rask
Subban

Toronto
(as of Feb 1)
Holland – Kadri – Komarov
Grabner – Bozak – Parenteau
Matthias – Spaling – Winnik
Lupul – Froese – Clune

Hunwick – Rielly
Phaneuf – Corrado
Gardiner – Polak

Reimer
Bernier

Who’s hot:
Brad Marchand 4-0-5 in last 5
Patrice Bergeron 2-2-4 in last 5
Ryan Spooner 0-4-4 in last 5

Who’s not:
Torey Krug 0-0-0 in last 5
Max Talot 1-0-1 in last 5
Brett Connolly 1-0-1 in last 4 (healthy scratch in 1 game of last 5)

Boston is looking for a full 60 minute effort tonight after the super entertaining Anaheim game.

What’s on tap?