Game Day Preview: Bruins vs. Flames
The newly look Boston Bruins will face off against old friend Dougie Hamilton and the Calgary Flames Tuesday night at TD Garden. Newly acquired Lee Stempniak and John-Michael Liles are both with the team and could make their debuts against the Flames, but that remains to be seen.
Loui Eriksson remains with the team as GM Don Sweeney couldn’t get a deal done on deadline day Monday.
The Black and Gold are coming off a brutal 4-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning Sunday night where the Bolts scored four unanswered goals en route to the victory. Tuesday morning the Bruins called up forward Noel Acciari from Providence who very well could make his NHL debut tonight.
Calgary does not have playoff aspirations this season so it’s a great time for the Black and Gold to gain some confidence especially on home ice.
Gametime: 7:00 p.m.
Records: Bruins 34-23-6 (74 points), Flames 26-32-4 (56 points)
TV/Radio: NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub
Location: TD Garden
Bruins projected lines
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Lee Stempniak
Loui Eriksson-David Krejci-David Pastrnak
Matt Beleskey-Ryan Spooner-Jimmy Hayes
Brett Connolly-Landon Ferraro-Tyler Randell
Zdeno Chara-Adam McQuaid
Torey Krug-Dennis Seidenberg
Joe Morrow-Kevan Miller
Flames projected lines
Johnny Gaudreau-Sean Monahan-Michael Ferland
Joe Colborne-Mikael Backlund-Michael Frolik
Lance Bouma-Sam Bennett-Josh Jooris
Brandon Bollig-Matt Stajan-Garnet Hathaway
Mike Giordano-T.J. Brodie
Deryk Engelland-Dougie Hamilton
Tyler Wotherspoon-Jakub Nakladal
Matchup to watch: Bruins offense vs. Dougie Hamilton
(Dougie Hamilton makes his return to Boston tonight for the first time since the Bruins traded him to Calgary. Photo credit: Joe Makarski/Bruins Daily)
Dougie Hamilton makes his long awaited return to Boston- a place where he was rumored to not enjoy for the most part. Hamilton finished his career in Boston with 22 goals and 61 assists in 178 games.
Hamilton knows Boston’s system and it will be interesting to see how he adapts to playing against his former team in a non-practice environment.
In 62 games this season, the 22 year-old defenseman has just nine goals and 17 assists to go along with an alarming minus-10 rating.
It is evident Boston could use his services at this point in time due to their lack of depth and skill at the blue line, but there is no turning back the clocks especially in professional sports.
Hamilton will be playing with a chip on his shoulder, but so will the B’s after getting manhandled on home ice by an Eastern conference competitor Sunday night.
Storyline to watch: How will Eriksson respond after not being dealt?
(With the trade deadline in the rear-view mirror, it will be interesting to see how Loui Eriksson responds. Photo credit: Joe Makarski/Bruins Daily)
It was rumored for weeks now that Eriksson was on his way out the door in Boston due to his contract expectations, but that was not the case Monday afternoon. Eriksson remained with the team and will finish the 2016 season under Claude Julien.
Eriksson reiterated that he is concentrated on helping the Bruins win this season until something happens. Nothing has happened so Eriksson will need to fulfill his promise starting Tuesday night against the Flames.
From here on out, the left-winger will have a chance to maximize his worth with the B’s or on the open market.
Distractions are a part of sports and we will truly see how Eriksson responds over the next few months beginning against Dougie Hamilton and the Calgary Flames.