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  • Game Day Preview: Bruins-Senators Game 6


    Game Day Preview: Bruins-Senators Game 6

    Tim Rosenthal April 23, 2017

    Another game and another day where the Bruins’ season is on the line. This time, however, they’ll have the benefit of extending their season by a few more days in front of the Causeway Street faithful and hope to get their first win at home this postseason.

    A Game 6 win over the Senators will force a seventh and deciding game up in Ottawa on Wednesday. A loss means they will be cleaning out their lockers in the next 48 hours and reserving their tee times.

    Once again, however, the Bruins may have to go to battle without one of their key players as David Krejci left Friday’s game with a lower body injury following a knee on knee hit by Chris Wideman. The hit, along with Wideman taunting Krejci afterward, didn’t sit well with the Bruins. Wideman will be sitting on Sunday afternoon in favor of Frederik Claesson, while Viktor Stalberg is a game-time decision and Tommy Wingels will return to the Sens lineup according to head coach Guy Boucher.

    Krejci is out for Game 6. Matt Beleskey will suit in for the first time since Game 2. They’ll need all hands on deck if they want to force a Game 7.

    Gametime: 3:00 pm
    TV/Radio: NBC/98.5 The Sports Hub
    Series: Senators lead 3-2
    Location: TD Garden

    Bruins projected lines

    Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-David Pastrnak
    Drew Stafford-Sean Kuraly-David Backes
    Riley Nash-Dominic Moore-Noel Acciari
    Matt Beleskey-Tim Schaller-Frank Vatrano

    Zdeno Chara-Charlie McAvoy
    John-Michael Liles-Colin Miller
    Joe Morrow-Kevan Miller

    Tuukka Rask
    Anton Khudobin

    Senators projected lines

    Ryan Dzingel-Kyle Turris-Alex Burrows
    Viktor Stalberg-Derick Brassard-Bobby Ryan
    Mike Hoffman-Zack Smith-Mark Stone
    Clarke MacArthur-Jean-Gabriel Pageau-Tommy Wingels

    Marc Methot-Erik Karlsson
    Dion Phaneuf-Cody Ceci
    Ben Harpur-Frederik Claesson

    Craig Anderson
    Mike Condon

    Today’s storylines

    – Despite the rash of injuries to the blueline, the Bruins’ defense has hardly been a sore spot in this series. Their big issue they need to address, however, is getting back in the neutral zone and not allowing the Sens to get behind them. Both of their goals in Game 5 were a result of breakaways, and as good as Tuukka Rask has been in this series, that cannot happen on Sunday. Sure, some of the issues are a result of the defensemen pinching and keeping the puck in to extend offensive zone time, but there have also been a few defensive breakdowns in the neutral zone that have led to those breakaways and odd-man rushes. Against a talented defenseman like Erik Karlsson, the Bruins are going to need to clean that up on Sunday afternoon.

    – Speaking of Karlsson, the Bruins did one of their better jobs containing the perennial Norris Trophy contender in Game 5. Sure he was still a threat every time he touched the puck in more than 40 minutes of ice time on Friday, but as the game progressed, the B’s were able to hold him to four shots on goal and managed to get a couple of turnovers while he was on the ice. As fatigue settled in, Sean Kuraly managed to get a lucky bounce off the Sens captain for the double overtime winner. Will they be able to get in his face again and contain him two games in a row? Obviously easier said than done, but if they can limit Karlsson’s impact, there’s a good chance that they’ll be playing a Game 7 in Ottawa on Wednesday night.

    – Should the Bruins extend their season, they may be in luck on the injury front. According to Cassidy, Torey Krug started skating for the first time since suffering a lower body injury in Game 81. A good sign of progress for sure, but Krug may not see action until round two, at the earliest, shall the Bruins advance to play the Rangers.

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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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