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    Game Day Preview: Bruins at Sharks

    Tim Rosenthal February 19, 2017

    With their bye week now concluded, the Boston Bruins didn’t lose too much ground in the playoff structure. Only the Florida Panthers surpassed them in the standings as they now sit in third place in the Atlantic Division with a game in hand on the Black and Gold.

    Tonight it’s back to business for the Black and Gold as they begin their four-game west coast trip in San Jose against the Sharks as the two teams meet for the second time in 11 days. The Bruins earned a hard-fought 6-3 win against Joe Thornton and company in the first game of the Bruce Cassidy era last Thursday.

    The Sharks are coming off a 4-1 win over the Coyotes last night in a game where Norris Trophy favorite Brent Burns scored his 27th goal matching the franchise’s all-time mark in goals for defensemen that he set a season ago.

    The well-rested Bruins will likely have the same lineup carrying over to the west coast trip. After three straight wins, it’s hard to argue against that sentiment.

    Gametime: 8:30 p.m.
    TV/Radio: NBSCN/98.5 The Sports Hub
    Records: Bruins 29-23-6 (64 points), Sharks 35-18-6 (76 points)
    Location: SAP Center

    Bruins projected lines

    Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-David Backes
    Peter Cehlarik-David Krejci-David Pastrnak
    Frank Vatrano-Ryan Spooner-Jimmy Hayes
    Tim Schaller-Dominic Moore-Riley Nash

    Zdeno Chara-Brandon Carlo
    Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid
    Kevan Miller-Colin Miller

    Tuukka Rask
    Anton Khudobin

    Sharks projected lines

    Kevin Labanc-Joe Thornton-Joe Pavelski
    Patrick Marleau-Logan Couture-Mikkel Boedker
    Nikolay Goldobin-Tomas Hertl-Joel Ward
    Michael Haley-Chris Tierney-Melker Karlsson

    Paul Martin-Brent Burns
    Marc-Edouard Vlasic-Justin Braun
    Brenden Dillion-David Schlemko

    Martin Jones
    Aaron Dell

    Tonight’s storylines

    Bruins at Sharks

    A week after notching a shutout against the Habs, Tuukka Rask and the Bruins will have to shake off the bye-week cobwebs against the Pacific Division leading Sharks. (Photo by Joe Makarski, Bruins Daily)

    – How rusty will the Bruins be coming off the bye week? That is a question on any team’s mind after a week off. If the results around the NHL are any indication, then the Bruins may be in for a tough night. Teams in their first game back are just 3-12-4 this year following their week off. Even against a team that will be playing their second game in less than 24 hours, the odds are certainly going to be against Cassidy and company.

    – Though the week off is usually detrimental, overworked goaltenders often benefit from a bit of rest. Carey Price is living proof of that after Saturday’s performance where he singlehandedly kept the Habs alive against the Jets in their first game under Claude Julien. Tuukka Rask, who earned his first career regular season win against Montreal at TD Garden one week ago, will likely need to put together a similar performance for the Black and Gold if they want to come away with two points this evening.

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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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