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    Game Day Preview: Ducks at Bruins

    Tim Rosenthal January 26, 2016

    Regardless of tonight’s result against the Anaheim Ducks, the Boston Bruins will enter the All-Star break in the top eight of the Eastern Conference. A win, or an overtime/shootout loss, however, would put them in second place in the Atlantic Division for the first time since late December.

    Tonight’s contest won’t be easy on Causeway Street, however, as they face a rested Ducks squad that is 6-3-1 in their last 10 games. The Bruins are coming off a 3-2 win in Philadelphia on Monday, a game where they almost blew another two-goal lead against the Flyers.

    Sitting four points behind the Arizona Coyotes for third place in the Pacific Division and six points in back of the Minnesota Wild and Colorado Avalanche in the Western Conference’s wild card race, the Ducks hope to end their pre All-Star break slate on a high note as well. As they did against the Flyers last night, the Black and Gold hope to keep the Ducks right where they are in the Western standings.

    Ducks at Bruins

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    Gametime: 7:00 p.m.
    TV/Radio: NESN/98.5 The Sports Hub
    Records: Bruins 26-17-5 (57 points), Ducks 21-18-7 (49 points)
    Location: Wells Fargo Center

    Bruins projected lines

    Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Brett Connolly
    Ryan Spooner-David Krejci-Loui Eriksson
    Matt Beleskey-Joonas Kemppainen-David Pastrnak
    Jimmy Hayes-Max Talbot-Zac Rinaldo

    Zdeno Chara-Zach Trotman
    Dennis Seidenberg-Colin Miller
    Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid

    Tuukka Rask
    Jonas Gustavsson

    Ducks projected lines

    David Perron-Ryan Getzlaf-Chris Stewart
    Patrick Maroon-Richard Rakell-Corey Perry
    Andrew Cogliano-Ryan Kesler-Jakob Silfverberg
    Shawn Horcoff-Nate Thompson-Ryan Garbutt

    Hampus Lindholm-Josh Manson
    Sami Vatanen-Kevin Bieksa
    Shea Theodore-Korbinian Holzer

    John Gibson
    Frederik Andersen

    Matchup to watch: Bruins vs. Ducks special teams

    Ducks at Bruins

    Loui Eriksson, Ryan Spooner and the Bruins’ second ranked power play face the Ducks’ lead-leading penalty kill tonight. (Photo by Joe Makarski, Bruins Daily)

    Prior to Monday’s game, the once league leading Bruins’ man advantage unit had gone one for their last 15. That stretch dipped the Bruins to second place in terms of power play percentage. The B’s PP struggles did not carry over against the Flyers, however, as they struck twice on the man advantage in the first period.

    Trying to get back on track, the Bruins, who are dead last in terms of time spent on the power play (203 minutes, 7 seconds), will have a tall task against the league-leading Ducks penalty kill. If there’s any silver lining, the Ducks, like the Bruins, spend a lot of time shorthanded (278:27 for the Ducks and 278:41 for the B’s, good for fourth and third in the league, respectively), and also have the second least amount of time spent on the power play.

    Will there be special teams opportunities for both teams? Or will both the Bruins and Ducks escape the sin bin and play most of the game at even strength? Those questions will be answered after the puck drops on Tuesday night.

    Storyline to watch: Will the Bruins go into All-Star break on a high note?

    Ducks at Bruins

    The Bruins look to end their pre-All Star break slate on a high note against the Ducks. (Photo by Joe Makarski, Bruins Daily)

    “Jekyl and Hyde” is a term that is thrown around the streaky Bruins this year. For every win streak of four, five, or six games, they follow up by losing three or four in a row. Rinse, wash and repeat.

    Having won two in a row and five of their last six, the Bruins are hoping for a consistent 60-minute effort against another heavy team like the Ducks. Whether they make things easy, however, remains to be seen.

    One thing is certain, entering a six-day break with a win can only help the Black and Gold in hopes of separating themselves from the Eastern Conference’s pack of mediocrity.

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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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