Game Day Preview: Bruins vs. Flyers
They had a bumpy ride in the Western portion of their four-game Canadian road trip, but the Boston Bruins earned managed to tally points in two of those first three contests. Now they come back to TD Garden with more bumps and bruises even after their 4-1 win over the Senators Tuesday night in Ottawa.
Defensemen Charlie McAvoy, Kevan Miller and Urho Vaakanainen and forward David Backes were the latest to succumb to the injury bug. Bruce Cassidy confirmed that Miller will miss at least four weeks with an upper body injury. McAvoy, Vaakanainen and Backes are feeling a little better after sustaining their own upper body injuries.
So who’s the next man up? Well, that’s none other than Jeremy Lauzon, who made the I-95 trip in time for Thursday’s morning skate. The Quebec-born blue-liner carried his solid training camp into a strong start down in Providence, tallying four points (one goal, three assists) in his first six games.
“This is what you live for all your life, so I’m just gonna soak it in and do my best,” Lauzon said following the morning skate at Warrior Ice Arena. “That was my dream, playing in the NHL. So I’m just going to do my best and try to stay here as long as I can.”
A good performance against the Philadelphia Flyers is one way to make the most of his first opportunity donning the spoked ‘B’.
Gametime: 7 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN/98.5 The Sports Hub
Records: Bruins 5-2-2 (12 points), Flyers 4-5-0 (8 points)
Location: TD Garden
Bruins projected lines
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-David Pastrnak
Danton Heinen-David Krejci-Jake DeBrusk
Ryan Donato-Sean Kuraly-Noel Acciari
Anders Bjork-Joakim Nordstrom-Chris Wagner
Zdeno Chara-Brandon Carlo
Matt Grzlecyk-John Moore
Jeremy Lauzon-Steven Kampfer
Flyers projected lines
Claude Giroux-Sean Couturier-Travis Konecky
Scott Laughton-Nolan Patrick-Jakub Voracek
Oskar Lindblom-Mikhail Vorobyov-Wayne Simmonds
Dale Weise-Jori Lehtera-Corban Knight
Ivan Porvorov-Robert Hagg
Shayne Gostisbehere-Andrew MacDonald
Travis Sanheim-Radko Gudas
– No one will confuse an offensive-minded defenseman like Torey Krug and Matt Grzlecyk with a stay-at-home blue-liner like Brandon Carlo, but the latter is becoming more active in the attacking end. He’s still making timely plays in the defensive end — as seen with his pair of goal-line saves in Ottawa — but Carlo is adding an offensive element as of late. He’ll go back to his stay at home roots when Krug returns, but his attacking presence is a promising sign at a time where the Bruins are battling injuries.
“That’s something that we always try to encourage with Brandon’s confidence is to pick the right spots because he has it in him,” head coach Bruce Cassidy said. “He wants to defend first; he knows that’s his bread and butter. If he’s playing with an offensive guy…like when he’s with Krug, he tends to let Torey do the majority of [the puck moving]. So he just has to find the balance and we’re encouraging that.”
– They only had two chances on the power play, but the Bruins made them count with encouraging goals from David Krejci (on a 5-on-3 late in the second period) and Patrice Bergeron (early in the third) just 1:32 apart to give the team a 3-1 lead. Boston’s man-advantage unit has another favorable matchup Thursday against the Flyers’ 30th ranked penalty kill (68.8 percent efficiency rate).