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    Game Day preview: Wild at Bruins

    Tim Rosenthal October 28, 2014

    Last week marked the first time that the Boston Bruins won two straight games during the 2014-15 season. It started with a victory over the Buffalo Sabres last Saturday – to cap off a three-game road trip – and followed with an impressive win a week ago over the San Jose Sharks at the TD Garden.

    When the Bruins host the Minnesota Wild Tuesday night, they’ll look to win two straight for the second time this season and go above the .500 mark for the first time since their opening night victory over the Philadelphia Flyers.

    The Black and Gold are coming off an impressive performance against the Toronto Maple Leafs in their first game without Zdeno Chara, who is out 4-6 weeks with a torn PCL in his left knee. The Wild, meanwhile, blew a 3-0 lead to the New York Rangers last night, and fell 5-4.

    Here is your complete Wild-Bruins game day preview

    Gametime: 7:00 p.m.
    TV/Radio: NESN, NBCSN/98.5 The Sports Hub
    Records: Bruins 5-5-0, 10 points/Wild 4-3-0, 8 points
    Location: TD Garden

    Bruins’ projected lines:

    Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Seth Griffith
    Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Reilly Smith
    Chris Kelly-Carl Soderberg-Loui Eriksson
    Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Simon Gagne

    Dennis Seidenberg-Dougie Hamilton
    Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid
    Matt Bartkowski-Zach Trotman

    Tuukka Rask
    Niklas Svedberg

    Wild projected lines

    Zach Parise-Mikael Granlund-Jason Pominville
    Thomas Vanek-Mikko Koivu-Charlie Coyle
    Nino Niederreiter-Erik Haula-Justin Fontaine
    Matt Cooke-Ryan Carter-Jason Zucker

    Ryan Suter-Jonas Brodin
    Marco Scandella-Jared Spurgeon
    Mathew Dumba-Nate Prosser

    Niklas Backstrom
    Darcy Kuemper

    Who to watch for Bruins: Dougie Hamilton

    With high expectations entering his third season, Dougie Hamilton started on the wrong foot in the first few games of the 2014-15 campaign. Lately, however, Hamilton is finding his stride again. The Toronto-born defenseman tallied three points (one goal, two assists) in Saturday’s 4-1 win at the Air Canada Centre, and will look to build on that in the second game without Chara.

    Hamilton, along with several other Bruins, dressed as characters from the Disney hit movie “Frozen” at Boston Children’s hospital yesterday. It’s safe to say that Dougie’s costume took the cake:

    Who to watch for Wild: Thomas Vanek

    Coming off a shaky season a year ago where he tallied 68 points (combined) for three different teams, Vanek has yet to shake off those cobwebs. The Austrian born winger only has four assists in his first seven games with his new team.

    Still, Vanek is a perennial “Bruins killer”. His stats against the Black and Gold are astonishing (62 points in 55 career games vs. Boston) and without Chara, Vanek could very well break out of his early season slump.

    Thankfully for B’s fans, they’ll only have to face this “Bruins killer” twice a year for the forseeable future.

    Game day edge: Prey on the Wild, early.

    The Wild had everything going for them last night – a 3-0 lead after two periods, a shorthanded Rangers squad (with Chris Kreider and John Moore given game misconducts), and a quiet Madison Square Garden. That slipped away however as the Blueshirts scored five in the third.

    Minnesota is 0-for-24 this season on the power play. Their ineffectiveness on the man advantage came back to haunt them last night as they couldn’t find the back of the net in four tries that included two 5-minute PP opportunities.

    Even with all their firepower in Vanek, Zach Parise and Miikko Koivu up front (just to name a few), the Bruins have a golden opportunity to take advantage of the Wild’s heartbreaking loss in New York last night. As long as they build off their performance in Toronto on Saturday night, the Black and Gold should be in good shape to get two points in this one.

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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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