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    Game Day Preview: Bruins at Ducks

    Chris Chirichiello March 18, 2016

    The Boston Bruins’ three-game trip to California didn’t get off to an ideal start as they dropped their first game to the San Jose Sharks, 3-2. Now, Boston will look to regroup against one of the hottest teams in hockey — the Anaheim Ducks.

    The B’s last meeting against the Ducks at TD Garden didn’t go according to plan as Anaheim won convincingly 6-2 back on January 26th.

    Anaheim dropped its last game against the New York Rangers, 2-1, but own a 22-9-5 record at home.

    Matt Beleskey will make his first trip back to Anaheim since signing a five-year deal with Boston in the off-season.

    Gametime: 10:00 p.m.
    Records: Bruins 39-24-8 (86 points), Ducks 38-22-9 (85 points)
    TV/Radio: NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub
    Location: Honda Center

    Bruins projected lines:

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

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

    Tuukka Rask
    Jonas Gustavsson

    Ducks projected lines:

    David Perron-Ryan Getzlaf-Brandon Pirri
    Jamie McGinn-Rickard Rakell-Corey Perry
    Andrew Cogliano-Ryan Kesler-Jakob Silfverberg
    Nick Ritchie-Shawn Horcoff-Ryan Garbutt

    Cam Fowler-Simon Despres
    Korbinian Holzer-Hampus Lindholm
    Clayton Stoner-Josh Manson

    John Gibson
    Frederik Andersen

    Matchup to watch: Jimmy Hayes against Ducks blue line

    Bruins at Ducks

    Jimmy Hayes has been held without a single point since the trade deadline. (Photo by Joe Makarski, Bruins Daily)

    Hayes has been on the side of a milk carton lately. Over his last 10 games, he has yet to record a point while taking too many penalties.

    With his drop in production, Claude Julien demoted Hayes to the fourth line during yesterday’s practice. Perhaps he did it to send a message to the Dorchester native.

    Hayes was supposed to bring a heavy game to the Bruins, and while he has at times, it is way too inconsistent. It won’t get any easier as the Ducks love to throw their bodies around. Hayes cannot play timid because there is only one other way to go, and that is eating popcorn up on Level 9 with Boston’s media.

    Storyline to watch: Another loss could spell trouble for the Black and Gold

    Bruins at Ducks

    The Bruins are hoping to avoid a repeat performance against a Ducks team that blew them out at TD Garden back in January. (Photo by Joe Makarski, Bruins Daily)

    The B’s most winnable game on this trip was most likely against the Sharks, and that didn’t go well. Facing the Ducks with a quick turnaround against Milan Lucic and the Los Angeles Kings tomorrow night, Boston doesn’t want to spiral in the wrong direction.

    It’s simple. The B’s know how to win on the road. They need to get off to a fast start. They didn’t do that in San Jose as they fell behind early. The defense needs to play just as heavy a game as the Ducks defense because players like Bergeron, Krejci and Marchand won’t be getting too much time to make plays happen.

    The Bruins will definitely have a sour taste in their mouth following the first meeting back in December where the Ducks looked like a varsity team and the B’s looked like the junior varsity. We will see Friday night at the Honda Center.

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