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  • Game Day Preview: Bruins vs. Stars


    Game Day Preview: Bruins vs. Stars

    Tim Rosenthal January 15, 2018

    The Bruins faced an old friend in Montreal for the first time on Saturday night — and will do so again on Wednesday.

    They welcome another old friend for a Martin Luther King Day matinee.

    Fresh off their first matchup against former coach Claude Julien, the Bruins welcome Tyler Seguin back to TD Garden in their tilt with the Dallas Stars on Monday afternoon. This constitutes as a warmup for Julien’s Wednesday night return to Boston since being fired in February.

    With a 12-game point streak, the Bruins would like nothing more than to extend that to 13 in Seguin’s fifth appearance since being dealt to the Stars on July 4, 2013.

    Looking for affordable parking and a quick in and out following Seguin’s return to Boston? Head over Constitution Wharf (1 Constitution Rd.) – a short walk to TD Garden – to take advantage of their $15 rate, while avoiding traffic and construction on Causeway St. Tell them Bruins Daily sent you!

    Gametime: 1 p.m.
    TV/Radio: NESN/98.5 The Sports Hub
    Records: Bruins 24-10-7 (55 points), Stars 24-17-3 (51 points)
    Location: TD Garden

    Bruins projected lines

    Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-David Pastrnak
    Jake DeBrusk-David Krejci-Ryan Spooner
    Danton Heinen-Riley Nash-David Backes
    Tim Schaller-Sean Kuraly-Noel Acciari

    Zdeno Chara-Charlie McAvoy
    Torey Krug-Brandon Carlo
    Matt Grzelcyk-Kevan Miller

    Tuukka Rask
    Anton Khudobin

    Stars projected lines

    Jamie Benn-Tyler Seguin-Alex Radulov
    Mattias Janmark-Radek Faska-Devin Shore
    Antoine Roussel-Martin Hanzal-Tyler Pitlick
    Remi Elie-Gemel Smith-Brett Ritchie

    Esa Lindell-John Klingberg
    Dan Hamhuis-Greg Patryn
    Stephen Johns-Julius Honka

    Kari Lehtonen
    Ben Bishop

    Bruins-Stars storylines

    – Are we going to be treated to a fun matchup between top lines or what? It’s well known that the Bruins top trio of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak have given up just one 5-on-5 goal through the first half of the 2017-18 season. The three are quite good offensively combining for 51 goals — 32 coming at even strength — and form arguably the best line in the NHL. On Monday, they’ll go up against a formidable top line of Seguin, Jamie Benn and Alex Radulov — a line that also has an argument to be considered the best in the league. The top Stars trio have combined for 55 goals and 119 points in 44 games. Indeed, this will be the matchup to watch.

    – It will be a battle of backup goaltenders this afternoon as Kari Lehtonen goes up against Anton Khudobin. Both Ben Bishop and Tuukka Rask have played well despite recent hickups, but the post bye week and the condensed schedule that includes four games in six nights for both squads give both teams a need to start their backups. Both No. 2’s have been servicable for their respective squads as Lehtonen notched at least a .920 save percentage in three of his last four starts, while Khudobin has won two of his last three games that included a shutout of the Sabres on Dec. 19 and a one-goal effort against the Hurricanes in his last start on Jan. 6. They’ll have their hands full on Monday, however.

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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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