The Boston Bruins hit the final road trip stretch as they face the Colorado Avalanche tonight at the Pepsi Center. Boston is coming off a 3-0 record so far this season after defeating the Vegas Golden Knights 4-3. Both teams will be looking to stay undefeated after tonight's match-up.
VICTORY IN VEGAS
After a slow start, the top trio line of Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak hit their familiar stride. Finding themselves in a 2-0 deficient in the first, the BMP line struck back. After Bergeron closed down Vegas’s attempt, he quickly connected with Marchand who found Pastrnak through the slot. In his first goal of the season, the 22-year-old Czech winger got the Black and Gold on board.
Marchand would score the second goal (with an assist from Pastrnak), tying the game 2-2 by the end of the first. In the second period, once again Pastrnak would find Marchand, who nicely slapped the puck past Vegas goalie Marc-Andre Fleury. David Backes, who was back in the lineup, hustled hard that led to the puck being free. Sean Kuraly would find and fedexr39to defenseman Brandon Carlo.
After whipping across to fellow defenseman Torey Krug, the puck once again found itself in back of net, making the score 4-2. Vegas tried to mount a comeback near the end of the third when Max Pacioretty scored on a power-play with a final score of 4-3.
TOP LINE CLICKING; COLORADO MATCH-UP
With the top line and fourth line hustling, the Boston Bruins will be hoping for a repeat tonight when they face a tough Avalanche team who are 2-0 so far this season. Colorado continues their homestead when they welcome Boston Bruins. They are coming off a 5-3 win against the Calgary Flames and a 4-2 win over the Minnesota Wild. Goaltender Phillip Grubauer is playing with a .918 save percentage, while forward Mikko Rantanen leads the Avs in points. The last time these two team met the Bruins defeated the Avs 2-1.
Boston’s Brad Marchand leads the team in point with Pastrnak and Krug trailing behind. Jaroslav Halak will get the start tonight. Both Jaro and Tuukka Rask have been stellar thus far. Halak is playing with a 1.0 save percentage and a 0.0 goals-against-average with a recent shut-out against Arizona. Joakim Nordstrom, who has been battling an injury, will make his debut tonight.
Here were this morning rushes for the Bruins:
Marchand - Bergeron – Pastrnak
DeBrusk - Krejci - Kuhlman
Heinen - Coyle – Backes
Nordstrom - Kuraly - Wagner
Chara - McAvoy
Krug - Carlo
Grzelcyk - Clifton
Projected lines for Colorado:
Landeskog - MacKinnon - Rantanen
Donskoi- Kadri - Burakovsky
Nieto - Jost - Wilson
Nichushkin - Bellemare - Calvert
Girard - Johnson
Zadorov - Makar
Graves - Barberio
WHEN TO WATCH: Tonight with puck drop at 9:00 PM
WHERE TO WATCH: NESN, ALT
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