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    Game Day Preview: Bruins at Blackhawks

    Tim Rosenthal April 3, 2016

    It wasn’t pretty, but the Boston Bruins got a much-needed 6-5 win over the Blues on Friday night to, at the time, keep their one-point lead over the Detroit Red Wings in place. That lead is now gone following Detroit sweeping the Wild and Leafs on back to back night as they take over third place in the Atlantic Division.

    With the Red Wings idle until Wednesday, the Bruins have two chances to regain that third place spot in the Atlantic, beginning this afternoon in Chicago. Last month, the B’s played arguably their most complete game of the season; holding the league’s leading scorer Patrick Kane and the high-powered Blackhawks in check during their 4-2 win at TD Garden.

    The Bruins hope for a repeat performance this afternoon in their last game away from Causeway Street this season. This time around, they face a Blackhawks squad hampered by injuries (notably Marian Hossa and goaltender Corey Crawford) and Duncan Keith’s six-game suspension for his blatant high-stick on Wild forward Charlie Coyle earlier in the week.

    Gametime: 12:30 p.m.
    TV/Radio: NBC/98.5 The Sports Hub
    Records: Bruins 41-29-8 (90 points), Blackhawks 45-26-7 (97 points)
    Location: United Center

    Bruins projected lines

    Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Loui Eriksson
    Matt Beleskey-David Krejci-David Pastrnak
    Frank Vatrano-Ryan Spooner-Lee Stempniak
    Landon Ferraro-Noel Acciari-Seth Griffith

    Zdeno Chara-John-Michael Liles
    Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid
    Joe Morrow-Zach Trotman

    Tuukka Rask
    Jonas Gustavsson

    Blackhawks projected lines

    Andrew Ladd-Jonathan Toews-Tomas Fleischmann
    Artemi Panarin-Artem Anisimov-Patrick Kane
    Brandon Mashinter-Teuvo Teravainen-Dale Weise
    Andrew Desjardins-Marcus Kruger-Andrew Shaw

    Brent Seabrook-Viktor Svedberg
    Trevor van Riemsdyk-Niklas Hjalmarsson
    Michal Roszival-Erik Gustafsson

    Scott Darling
    Michael Leighton

    Matchup to watch: Bruins offense vs. Shorthanded Blackhawks D

    Bruins at Blackhawks

    Without Duncan Keith and Corey Crawford, Brad Marchand and company look to take advantage of the Blackhawks’ shorthanded defense. (Photo by Joe Makarski, Bruins Daily)

    With Keith watching from the press box until the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Blackhawks lose arguably one of the top all-around defensemen in the NHL. Replacing Keith on Chicago’s top unit is rookie Viktor Svedberg, who, in his first 23 games, is averaging over 16 minutes a night to go along with four points (two goals, two assists) and a minus-five rating.

    Against a Blues squad that had only allowed one goal in five games before Friday night, the Bruins, who tallied just 10 goals in the last seven games in March, exploded for a six spot. Although a repeat performance from Friday might be a stretch, David Krejci (fresh off a four-point night), Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and company have a good opportunity to pounce on the young and shorthanded Blackhawks defense.

    Storyline to watch: The ongoing playoff chase

    Bruins at Blackhawks

    The Bruins look to regain third place in the Atlantic Division with a win over the Blackhawks in Chicago. (Photo by Joe Makarski, Bruins Daily)

    With Detroit off until Wednesday, the only game to watch involving the Bruins and their quest for the playoffs comes later this afternoon when the Flyers, fresh off a 3-2 win over the Senators, face the Penguins in Pittsburgh. After Philly’s game against its in-state rivals, they’ll be off until Wednesday when they welcome the Red Wings.

    By the time Wednesday rolls around, the Bruins could be ahead by three points over the Flyers and Red Wings. At the very least, they’ll have two chances to overtake the Wings before Thursday’s showdown at TD Garden.

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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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