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    Slumping Bruins look to bounce back against Panthers

    Tim Rosenthal April 21, 2013

    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.

    “I think we’re back to playing with a bit of an edge, but that’s a positive,” Shawn Thornton said after the loss to the Penguins. “I think if we keep building play in that way, things will start going a little better for us.”

    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

    Tuukka Rask
    Anton Khudobin

    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

    Jacob Markstrom
    Scott Clemmensen

    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.

    Bruins linkage

    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)

    Panthers linkage

    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.

    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).

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    Tim Rosenthal

    Tim Rosenthal serves as the Managing Editor of Bruins Daily. He started contributing videos to the site in 2010 before fully coming on board during the Bruins' Stanley Cup run in 2011. His bylines over the last decade have been featured on Boston.com, FoxSports.com, College Hockey News, Patch and Inside Hockey. You can follow Tim on Twitter @_TimRosenthal.


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