Game Day Preview: Bruins vs. Coyotes
After earning six of a possible eight points on their successful four-game road trip, the Boston Bruins return to TD Garden this week with three games in five days.
The Bruins enter Tuesday’s contest third in the Atlantic Division, two points behind the Ottawa Senators and one point ahead of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
In their first game at TD Garden since a 4-0 victory over the rival Canadiens back on Feb. 12, the Bruins will look to extend their three-game home winning streak against a lowly Coyotes squad. On Sunday, the Coyotes shipped veteran forward Martin Hanzal to the Minnesota Wild as Arizona starts to waive the white flag on their 2016-17 season.
The Desert Dogs sit dead last is the Pacific Division, and second to last in all of the National Hockey League. The Bruins earned a 2-1 victory in the first meeting between the two clubs back in November.
Gametime: 7:00 PM
TV/Radio: NESN/98.5 The Sports Hub
Records: Bruins: 32-24-6 (70 points), Coyotes: 22-31-7 (51 points)
Location: TD Garden
Bruins Projected Lines:
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-David Backes
Peter Cehlarik-David Krejci-David Pastrnak
Frank Vatrano-Ryan Spooner-Jimmy Hayes
Riley Nash-Dominic Moore-Tim Schaller
Zdeno Chara-Brandon Carlo
Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid
Kevan Miller-Colin Miller
Coyotes Projected Lines:
Max Domi-Peter Holland-Radim Vrbata
Tobias Rieder-Jordan Martinook-Jamie McGinn
Brendan Perlini-Christian Dvorak-Shane Doan
Lawson Crouse-Alex Burmistrov-Josh Jooris
Oliver Ekman-Larsson-Connor Murphy
Alex Goligoski-Anthony DeAngelo
Jakob Chychrun-Luke Schenn
– With the trade deadline Wednesday at 3:00 PM, the Bruins roster may look a little different next time they take the ice. With the Bruins expected to be buyers if any moves are made, the Black and Gold may be better off picking up some depth pieces as oppose to making a big splash. With the prices that have already been paid for rental players like Hanzal and Kevin Shattenkirk, the Bruins may also seek moving some veterans like Matt Beleskey, Kevan Miller, Jimmy Hayes or John-Michael Liles to help obtain some better depth.
– On paper, this is an easy win for the Bruins. Under Claude Julien, on paper wins often did not translate into actual victories. So far under interim head coach Bruce Cassidy, that has not been an issue. As we saw Sunday in Dallas, the Bruins took care of business in what was no means a perfect win over the Stars. With an expected dog fight on Thursday night against the red-hot New York Rangers, the Bruins will look to secure two easy points tonight.