It's game day at the TD Garden and the atmosphere promises to be electric. The Boston Bruins are more than ready for a rematch against the team that defeated them to win the Stanley Cup. As the boys look to turn the page, Game Seven's loss still bears a mild sting, however it's a whole new season and that means it's time to move on. As Bruins forward Brad Marchand simply stated..."Doesn’t change anything that’s happened in the past...at the end of the day, it’s 2 points."
In their first of back to back games, the Bruins are hoping to get the win tonight and travel to New York on a high note. Both teams are coming off wins, with the the Blues winning 5-2 over the LA Kings and Boston winning 4-2 over Toronto.
Coming Out Of The Gates
Boston is off to a hot start this season and currently sit in second with a 6-1-2 record with nine games played. The Buffalo Sabres are currently in first with 12 games played, and Toronto sits in third having also played 12 games. St. Louis are third in the Western Conference with a 5-2-3 record, playing 10 games thus far into the season. The Bruins have only one regulation loss this season so far.
It was announced earlier that the team will be without their forward David Krejci, and he will not be traveling with the team to New York. Coach Bruce Cassidy stated that "Tuesday is looking good for him " Providence's Anders Bjork has been recalled on emergency basis. The 23-year-old leads the P-Bruins in scoring this season, and made his season debut against Toronto this past Tuesday.
The team will also be without forward Karson Kuhlman, who suffered a non-displaced fractured tibia during the Leafs game. He will be re-evaluated in four weeks. Forward Joakim Nordstrom will be back in lineup after suffering an upper-body injury. Krejci was seen practicing in a white practice jersey.
Leading The Way
Both David Pastrnak and Tuukka Rask lead in their respected categories. For goals, Pastrnak leads the NHL with 10 goals, while Rask leads in save percentage (.944). The teams' power play ranks first in the league with 35.7 percent. The 23-year-old Pastrnak is on a hot seven-game point streak, and has 10 goals with seven assists.
Here were this morning's rushes and projected lineups for tonight tilt:
Marchand - Bergeron - Pastrnak
DeBrusk - Coyle - Ritchie
Bjork - Lindholm - Heinen
Nordstrom - Kuraly - Wagner
Chara - McAvoy
Krug - Carlo
Grzelcyk - Clifton
Returning To Boston
The reigning Stanley Cup Champions return to Boston for the first time this season after winning on home ice. It was an emotional game and one that the Blues won't forget as they hoisted the cup at the TD Garden. Their victory ended the longest win-less streak for the championship (51 years).
The Blues lost four games in a row before defeating the Avalanche and the Kings. After suffering an upper-body injury on Thursday, the Blues will be without one of their top players, Vladimir Tarasenko. He will not be traveling with the team to Boston. St. Louis's winger Sammy Blais is also out with a day-to-day injury. He will be a game-time decision.
Here are the projected lineups for St. Louis (if Blais plays):
Schwartz - Schenn - Sundqvist
Steen - O'Reilly - Perron
Sanford - Bozak - Thomas
Blais - Barbashev - MacEachern
Parayko - Pietrangelo
Bouwmeester - Faulk
Dunn - Bortuzzo
WHEN TO WATCH: Tonight with puck drop at 7:00 PM, at TD Garden
WHERE TO WATCH: NBCSN
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