Game Day preview: Stars at Bruins
In a matchup that will feature two of the league’s three stars of the month of October in Jamie Benn and David Krejci, Tuesday’s contest surely will entertain. Playing their best hockey of the season, the Bruins will look to pick up their fifth straight win when they host the Central Division leading Dallas Stars.
The Bruins are coming off a sweep of their two-game road trip to Florida where they continued to get timely goal scoring and top-notch goaltending. The Stars meanwhile are off to a hot start as well. Dallas’ three-game win streak was snapped Monday night in Toronto. The Stars rank third behind the Bruins and Canadiens in goals per game.
With four goals and two assists in the Bruins’ three wins last week, Brad Marchand was named the NHL’s first star of the week. David Pastrnak (foot) missed the morning skate today as Alex Khokhlachev was recalled from Providence this morning and joined the Bruins for the morning skate.
Gametime: 7:00 P.M.
TV/Radio: NESN/98.5 The Sports Hub
Records: Bruins: 6-3-1 (13 points), Stars: 9-3-0 (18 points)
Location: TD Garden
Bruins’ projected lines:
Alex Khokhlachev-David Krejci-Loui Eriksson
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Brett Connolly
Matt Beleskey-Ryan Spooner-Jimmy Hayes
Chris Kelly-Joonas Kemppanien-Tyler Randell
Zdeno Chara-Kevan Miller
Corey Krug-Adam McQuaid
Joe Morrow-Colin Miller
Stars’ projected lines:
Jamie Benn-Tyler Seguin-Patrick Sharp
Radek Faksa-Jason Spezza-Ales Hemsky
Mattias Janmark-Cody Eakin-Valeri Nichushkin
Antonie Roussel-Vernon Fidler-Colton Sceviour
Alex Goligoski-John Klingberg
Johnny Oduya-Jason Demers
Patrick Nemeth-Jordie Benn
Matchup to watch: Benn and Seguin against the Bruins defense
Tyler Seguin leads the league in assists with 12, the Bruins will have a tough time slowing down their former teammate. (Photo credit: Joe Makarski/Bruins Daily)
It seems as if the majority of the matchups to watch this season have been centered around the Bruins defense, rightfully so. The B’s blue line faces another tough task tonight when former Bruin Tyler Seguin and his Dallas Stars roll into town. Jamie Benn (18) and Seguin (17) currently rank first and second in the league in points while Benn also leads the league in goals with 10. His linemate, Seguin, leads the league in assists with 12.
As a whole, the Bruins have been much better defensively of late, but holding Benn and Seguin off the scoresheet is no easy task. The dynamic duo has registered at least one point in all but one game so far this season. In their third season together, Benn and Seguin look as dominant as they ever have through the Stars’ first 12 games.
Boston’s top defensive pair of Zdeno Chara and Kevan Miller will see plenty of the Benn-Seguin-Sharp line tonight. Holding the trio off the scoresheet could be another added confidence booster for a surging Bruins squad.
Storyline to watch: What does Khokhlachev do with his opportunity?
Alexander Khokhlachev hopes to make an impact with the Bruins after a successful start to the season in Providence. (Photo credit: Angela Spagna/Bruins Daily)
Back during training camp, a frustrated Khokhlachev voiced his displeasure with not getting a shot to prove his worth at the NHL level. Weeks later he was sent down to Providence to begin the season with the Baby Bruins.
Playing in all 10 of the P-Bruins games, Khoklachev leads the Bruins in points with 13. With Pastrnak missing from the skate this morning, it looks like ‘Koko’ will have the chance to put his money where is mouth is.
The Russian native has played in four games with the Bruins but has failed to register a point in any of those contests. Skating on a line this morning with David Krejci and Loui Eriksson, who enter tonight’s contest red hot, this could be the perfect time for Khokhlachev to open some eyes.