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    Game Day Preview: Bruins vs. Coyotes

    Anthony Travalgia February 28, 2017

    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

    Tuukka Rask
    Anton Khudobin

    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

    Mike Smith
    Louis Domingue

    Todays storylines:

    – 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.

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