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    Game Day Preview: Blue Jackets at Bruins

    Chris Chirichiello February 22, 2016

    The Boston Bruins finally earned a statement win against a powerhouse team as they scored six unanswered goals to defeat Tyler Seguin and the Stars, 7-3, in Dallas on Saturday night. The Black and Gold finished their six-game road trip on a high note tallying a 4-2-0 record to keep pace in the Eastern Conference.

    Now, the B’s will turn their attention to the Columbus Blue Jackets at home where they haven’t had much success this season. Claude Julien’s team defeated the Blue Jackets a little less than a week ago in overtime when Loui Eriksson buried home a beautiful feed from Torey Krug just 33 seconds into the extra session.

    Gametime: 7:00 p.m.
    TV/Radio: NESN/98.5 The Sports Hub
    Records: Bruins 32-21-6 (70 points), Blue Jackets 23-29-7 (53 points)
    Location: TD Garden

    Bruins projected lines

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

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

    Jonas Gustavsson
    Tuukka Rask

    Blue Jackets projected lines

    Scott Hartnell-Alexander Wennberg-Brandon Saad
    Boone Jenner-Brandon Dubinsky-Cam Atkinson
    Matt Calvert-William Karlsson-Nick Foligno
    Kerby Rychel-Gregory Campbell-Rene Bourque

    Ryan Murray-Seth Jones
    Jack Johnson-David Savard
    Fedor Tyutin-Dalton Prout

    Joonas Korpisalo
    Curtis McElhinney

    Matchup to watch: Kevan Miller vs. Blue Jackets offense

    Blue Jackets at Bruins

    Kevan Miller’s erratic play in his own end has been tough to watch for many B’s fans this season. (Photo by Joe Makarski, Bruins Daily)

    There really isn’t a situation where Bruins’ fans feel comfortable with Miller on the ice. He has been a tough player to watch this season for the Black and Gold. With Zdeno Chara also struggling, the B’s can ill-afford to have Miller make mistakes and have mental lapses.

    Miller still sports a plus-12 rating, which goes to show how skewed that statistic can be because it seems as if he is on the ice whenever the puck goes past Rask or Gustavsson.

    Miller did have a serviceable game Saturday night scoring the game-tying goal and played upwards of 20 minutes. It was his first goal in 17 games not that he is a goal scorer, but usually a good Miller performance is when Jack Edwards or Andy Brickley rarely calls his name. Let’s see if Miller can string together a few good games in a row.

    Storyline to watch: Where has Jimmy Hayes gone?

    Blue Jackets at Bruins

    Jimmy Hayes hopes to break out of his cold spell beginning tonight against Columbus. (Photo by Joe Makarski, Bruins Daily)

    Hayes has gone on stints of when he scores goals in bunches, but then he goes on spurts where he cannot find the back of the net.

    The 26-year-old has four goals in his last 23 games. He has also been on the ice for many of the B’s goals against as of late. Hayes is at his best when he is moving his feet and crashing the net, and he’s shown a little of that lately. The power forward should be using that body for screens and clearing space in front of the net, but sometimes it just doesn’t happen.

    Hayes has been mixed around with different linemates this season trying to adapt to Julien’s system. Perhaps Dorchester’s own can go on one of those hot streaks in the remaining 23 games. His hometown fans would certainly appreciate it.

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