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    Game Day Preview: Bruins at Sharks

    Chris Chirichiello March 15, 2016

    The Boston Bruins are coming off another crucial win as they made quick work of the New York Islanders on Saturday afternoon, winning 3-1 at TD Garden. David Pastrnak netted two goals in the victory and has certainly found his stride during the team’s recent string of success.

    It will not get any easier as the B’s kick off their California road trip Tuesday night beginning in San Jose against the Sharks. Former Bruin Joe Thornton and company downed the Black and Gold, 5-4, in the first meeting of the season back in November.

    Both teams are playing great hockey, but San Jose has trouble winning at home (13-15-3) while the Black and Gold’s road record is tops in the league at 23-7-3. Frank Vatrano was recalled by the B’s on an emergency basis while David Krejci missed practice on Monday.

    Gametime: 10:00 p.m.
    Records: Bruins 39-23-8 (86 points), Sharks 38-24-6 (82 points)
    TV/Radio: NESN/98.5 The Sports Hub
    Location: SAP Center

    Bruins projected lines

    Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Lee Stempniak
    Loui Eriksson-David Krejci-David Pastrnak
    Matt Beleskey-Ryan Spooner-Jimmy Hayes
    Landon Ferraro-Noel Acciari-Brett Connolly

    Zdeno Chara-John-Michael Liles
    Joe Morrow-Dennis Seidenberg
    Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid

    Tuukka Rask
    Jonas Gustavsson

    Sharks projected lines

    Tomas Hertl-Joe Thornton-Joe Pavelski
    Melker Karlsson-Logan Couture-Joonas Donskoi
    Matthew Nieto-Patrick Marleau-Joel Ward
    Nick Spaling-Chris Tierney-Dainius Zubrus

    Marc-Edouard Vlasic-Justin Braun
    Paul Martin-Brent Burns
    Brenden Dillon-Roman Polak

    Martin Jones
    James Reimer

    Matchup to watch: Bruins D vs. Sharks top line

    Bruins at Sharks

    Joe Thornton and his fellow linemates have combined to tally 168 points on the season. (Photo by Joe Makarski, Bruins Daily)

    The B’s defense will get another stiff test Tuesday night as they face off against another powerful first line. Hertl, Thornton and Pavelski have combined for 64 goals highlighted by Pavelski’s 32 tallies. The trio have also combined for 104 assists.

    There is no question this line has a lot of chemistry. Much like the chemistry on the other side in Marchand, Bergeron and Stempniak.

    Chara will need to lead the charge and set the tone early Tuesday night. This is one of those games that if the B’s create mistakes in the neutral zone or their defensive end, it will result in the back of the net. Not only will the defense need to be on their toes, but whoever is between the pipes for Boston as well, most likely Rask.

    Storyline to watch: Can the B’s start the trip on a high note?

    Bruins at Sharks

    David Krejci and the Bruins hope their road success continues during their three-game trip to California. (Photo by Joe Makarski, Bruins Daily)

    The B’s begin their three-game California swing Tuesday night against the Sharks. This game may be their most winnable game on the trip as they then travel to Los Angeles to face off against the Kings and Anaheim to face off against the Ducks.

    As previously stated, the B’s are playing great hockey as of late at 5-0-2 in their last seven games while the Sharks are playing sub .500 hockey on home ice. This would be a great time for Boston to take advantage of their struggles and keep their momentum going on the first leg of this road trip.

    Boston is no stranger to winning on the road as they notched 23 victories away from TD Garden. Taking two points Tuesday night would build their confidence moving forward against two teams that embarrassed them on home ice earlier this season.

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