Game Day Preview: Bruins vs. Stars
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.
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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
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
– 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.