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  • Game Day Preview: Bruins at Ducks


    Game Day Preview: Bruins at Ducks

    Tim Rosenthal February 22, 2017

    In midst of a season-long four-game winning streak, the Bruins are starting to feel a little more confident about themselves under interim coach Bruce Cassidy. Yet, after their win in San Jose on Sunday night, the Black and Gold find themselves outside of the playoff picture entering tonight’s game with the Anaheim Ducks.

    With the Panthers’ win over the Blues on Monday night and the Maple Leafs’ overtime triumph over the Jets 24 hours later, the Bruins sit in ninth place in the Eastern Conference – one point behind Toronto and tied with Florida (one game in hand) in points. The Panthers are also in action tonight hosting Connor McDavid and the Oilers in Sunrise.

    Tonight marks the first game of a back-to-back in Southern California as the Black and Gold look to avenge a 4-3 loss to the Ducks when the teams first met in December.

    Unlike the last game where Anton Khudobin got the nod between the pipes against his former team, Tuukka Rask is expected to make his third straight start. The 2014 Vezina Winner has gotten back on track allowing one goal in the last two games, including Sunday’s 29-save performance in the overtime victory over the Sharks.

    Gametime: 10:30 p.m.
    TV/Radio: NESN/98.5 The Sports Hub
    Records: Bruins 30-23-6 (66 points), Ducks 31-20-10 (72 points)
    Location: Honda Center

    Bruins projected lines

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

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

    Tuukka Rask
    Anton Khudobin

    Ducks projected lines

    Andrew Cogliano-Ryan Kesler-Jacob Silfverberg
    Nick Ritchie-Ryan Getzlaf-Ondrej Kase
    Joseph Cramarossa-Richard Rakell-Corey Perry
    Logan Shaw-Nate Thompson-Corey Tropp

    Cam Fowler-Sami Vatanen
    Hampus Lindholm-Kevin Bieksa
    Brandon Montour-Josh Manson

    John Gibson
    Jonathan Bernier

    Tonight’s storylines

    – Sunday marked the first time in a few years where the Bruins earned a road win in California. Unlike last year where they went 0-6-0 against the Sharks, Ducks and Kings the Bruins have a 3-1-0 mark against the aforementioned trio. Unlike last year where their 3-game stretch out west signaled the beginning of the end in 2015-16, the Bruins are at least off to a favorable start. Another win whether it’s tonight against Anaheim and/or tomorrow in Los Angeles could go a long way in the team’s chances of making the playoffs, which stands at exactly 56 percent according to Sports Club Stats.

    – His power play minutes have decreased in 2016-17, but Zdeno Chara may have a chance to skate on the second man advantage unit this evening. During the last two days of practice, the Bruins’ captain slotted alongside Frank Vatrano on the point – splitting duties with Colin Miller – with David Krejci, David Pastrnak and Peter Chelarik up front. Chara has one power play point on the season that came during the Bruins’ 4-1 win over the Jets back in November.

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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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