The Boston Bruins need to turn on the switch, and quickly.
After another frustrating loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins Saturday afternoon, the Bruins are now 0-3-1 in their last four games. Despite outshooting the opposition by a combined total of 144-130, the Black and Gold only found the back of the net seven times in this span.
However, the B’s couldn’t have asked for a better time to snap out of their slump as they welcome the lowly Florida Panthers to the TD Garden. A win would put them back atop the Northeast Division standings with a game in hand on the first place Montreal Canadiens. A loss, however, would leave them with more questions than answers heading into the last week of the season.
Despite the slump, the Bruins seemed to have found their edge as evident in Saturday’s loss. There’s no question that if they continue to bring that edge to today’s game, then they should come away with two points and a little momentum before their last four games of the 2013 NHL season.
Gametime: 12:30 p.m.
Location: TD Garden
TV/Radio: NESN Plus/98.5 The Sports Hub
Records: Bruins (26-12-5, 57 points), Panthers (13-25-6, 32 points)
Bruins projected lineup
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Rich Peverley
Carl Soderberg-Chris Kelly-Jaromir Jagr
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Dennis Seidenberg-Wade Redden
Andrew Ference-Johnny Boychuk
Panthers projected lineup
Jonathan Huberdeau-Shawn Matthias-Greg Rallo
Tomas Fleischmann-Marcel Goc-Tomas Kopecky
Scottie Upshall-Nick Bjugstad-Jack Skille
Quinton Howden-Drew Shore-George Parros
Brian Campbell-Mike Weaver
Dmitry Kulikov-Erik Gudbranson
T.J. Brennan-Tyson Strachan
Bruins to watch
After making his debut yesterday, Carl Soderberg will continue his adjustment from the Swedish Elite League to the National Hockey League. While he still has some learning to do, the 27-year old forward didn’t do all that badly for his first game – despite not tallying a shot on goal – getting 16:10 of ice time and 1:59 of power play time.
According to Claude Julien, Soderberg will learn quickly.
“I thought he handled himself well for his first game,” said the sixth-year Bruins coach. “The one thing is, he’s a smart player and he’s going to figure it out quickly.”
Panthers to watch
There hasn’t been a whole lot to write home about for the Panthers in 2013, but one player who’s been making some head waves is Jonathan Huberdeau. With 14 goals (leading all rookies) and 28 points (tied for first with Ottawa’s Cory Conacher among first year players), the 19-year old should get plenty of consideration for the Calder Trophy. The former QMJHL star is quick and can strike at any moment, so the Bruins’ defense will need to keep tabs.
The Days of Y’Orr crew recaps yesterday’s game and its safe to say they have a few questions that need to be answered.
Despite the struggles, the Bruins continue to honor Boston after this week (Mike Miccoli/The Hockey Writers).
Ladies and gentlemen: the Providence Bruins are your 2012-13 AHL Eastern Conference regular season champions (Sarah Connors/Stanley Cup of Chowder)
The Panthers are honoring Boston with a 617 decal on their helmets (George Richards/Miami Herald).
Litter Box Cats recaps Florida’s loss to the New Jersey Devils yesterday.
Tweets of interest
The Bruins are doing their “shirts off their backs” promotion for first responders after today’s game, and Ric Duarte is one of many who appreciates that.
— Ric Duarte (@Bruins_Diehard) April 21, 2013
Phoenix Coyotes defenseman and Boston native Keith Yandle honors Martin Richards, the 8-year old who lost his life at the Boston Marathon bombings, by wearing this during warmups at last night’s game in Chicago (via @NHLBlackhawks).
In case you missed it… Phoenix’s Keith Yandle honored one of the Boston Marathon victims during the pregame skate. twitter.com/NHLBlackhawks/…
— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) April 21, 2013