The Bruins turn the page on a highly successful October as they prepare to take on the struggling Ottawa Senators tonight at TD Garden. Boston enters its first game of November with an impressive 9-1-2 record. The Senators come into the game with a 3-7-1 record.
Much of the team's success to date can be attributed to the elite play of the first-line, and stellar goaltending performances turned in by both Tuukka Rask and Jaroslav Halak. Rask is slated to get the start in net tonight.
Racking Up the Honors
First-line right wing David Pastrnak was named the National Hockey League's Number Two Star for the month of October on Friday. Pasta also earned First Star of the week honors two weeks ago. Last week, that crown went to linemate Brad Marchand.
Pastrnak is tied for the league lead in goals, with 12. He is also second in points, trailing leader Leon Draisaitl of the Edmonton Oilers, who has 25 points to Pastrnak's 24. Pastrnak's red hot start includes a four-goal performance Oct. 14 against the Anaheim Ducks.
Cliffy What Now?
Bruins fans were surprised, and somewhat delighted, when the lines from Friday morning's practice were released. With forwards Karson Kuhlman, Joakim Nordstrom and Par Lindholm out, and Brett Ritchie getting a maintenance day, the coaching staff gave an unlikely candidate a shot to practice at the third-line right wing position.
Connor Clifton, of course, is a normally a defenseman. He is also a fan favorite, well known for his out-of-control, hard-hitting style of play. He likely was just slotted in up front in practice to hold Ritchie's place, but it was fun to imagine what "Cliffy Hockey" could do in an offensive role.
Up and Down
Forward Peter Cehlarik was called back up to Boston Friday evening. He played one game for Boston on Oct. 27 against the New York Rangers before being returned to the AHL affiliate. With the injuries up-front and Ritchie's necessary maintenance, Cehlarik was likely recalled as an insurance policy.
The Bruins took advantage of a three-day break between games and, of course, celebrated Halloween together. Captain Zdeno Chara provided a glimpse of the festivities on his Instagram account.
Projected Bruins Lineup
(Based on Friday's practice)
Marchand – Bergeron – Pastrnak
DeBrusk – Krejci – Heinen
Bjork – Coyle – Clifton/Ritchie
Wagner – Kuraly – Backes
Chara – McAvoy
Krug – Carlo
Grzelcyk – Kampfer/Clifton
Projected Ottawa Senators Lineup
Brady Tkachuk – Logan Brown – Anthony Duclair
Vladislav Namestnikov - Chris Tierney - Tyler Ennis
Nick Paul - Jean-Gabriel Pageau - Connor Brown
Filip Chlapik - J.C. Beaudin - Scott Sabourin
Thomas Chabot - Nikita Zaitsev
Erik Brannstrom - Ron Hainsey
Mark Borowiecki - Dylan DeMelo
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