Game Day Preview: Bruins vs. Blue Jackets
Their record during this difficult five-game in seven-day stretch is 1-1. Their efforts in the first two games are an indication that they’re better than .500 the last two games.
In other words, the Boston Bruins have something to build on entering their third game this week. Tonight they welcome a Columbus Blue Jackets squad that is 6-2-2 in their last 10; a stretch that included a convincing 10-0 win over the Canadiens to hand them their first regulation loss in 2016-17.
The Bruins are coming off a 3-2 loss to the same Canadiens team. Despite the result, it was arguably one of their better performances of the season from top to bottom.
From the power play looking to score for a third straight game to the Bruins eying a second straight win on home-ice for the first time since their victories against the Flames and Blackhawks on March 1st and 3rd of last season.
Gametime: 7:00 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN/98.5 The Sports Hub
Records: Bruins 7-6-0 (14 points), Blue Jackets 6-3-2 (14 points)
Location: TD Garden
Bruins projected lines
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-David Pastrnak
Ryan Spooner-David Krejci-David Backes
Matt Beleskey-Riley Nash-Austin Czarnik
Tim Schaller-Dominic Moore-Jimmy Hayes
Zdeno Chara-Brandon Carlo
Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid
John-Michael Liles-Colin Miller
Blue Jackets projected lines
Brandon Saad-Alexander Wennberg-Nick Foligno
Scott Hartnell-Boone Jenner-Cam Atkinson
Matt Calvert-William Karlsson-Josh Anderson
Sonny Milano-Lukas Sedlak-Sam Gagner
Zach Werenski-David Savard
Jack Johnson-Ryan Murray
Markus Nutivaara-Dalton Prout
– Two of the areas the Bruins wanted to improve on this week: secondary scoring and the power play. The Bruins finally got some much-needed secondary scoring from the second and third lines against Buffalo and although they didn’t find the scoresheet against Montreal, they had their chances against Carey Price as 20 of their 43 shots came from the bottom three lines. The power play, meanwhile, has scored in two straight games for the first time all year and hope to make it three in a row tonight against a Blue Jackets team that is ranked second in the league on the penalty kill.
– With Noel Acciari out again due to injury, Jimmy Hayes will make his second straight appearance on the fourth line with Dominic Moore and Tim Schaller. Following Tuesday, the Dorcehster native now has a streak of 27 straight game without scoring a point, but his play was servicable. Acciari’s status going forward is unknown so Hayes may be getting more minutes beyond tonight. Tuesday’s performance was at least a baby step for the former BC Eagle.
– The Bruins will be holding their annual Military Appreciation Night tonight at TD Garden. Stay tuned on Bruins Daily on the B’s reaction to the anticipation of tonight’s events.