The Boston Bruins wrap up their north of the border trip tonight when they face Vancouver in the second game of a back-to-back. After last night's historic come-from-behind win over the Calgary Flames, Boston will look to extend their winning streak. The win marked the seventh time in NHL history in which a team won the game after allowing three goals in the opening four minutes.
As the team readies for tonight's bout, news came yesterday that saw a trade involving the departure of veteran forward David Backes and Swedish prospect Axel Andersson. The Bruins welcome 24-year-old Czech player Ondřej Kaše from the Anaheim Ducks. The move comes days prior to the trade deadline and Kase has one more year left to his contract at a simple $2.6 Million. He is not expected to join the team until they return to Boston.
Boston will face Vancouver for the second and final time this season. The Canucks lost this past Wednesday in a shoot-out against the Minnesota Wild with newly acquired Tyler Toffoli in the line-up. Toffoli had been one of the name floating around during trade rumors involving the Bruins. Vancouver is 4-6 in their last 10 games played.
Quinn Hughes has seven points in his last five games and leads the team with 39 assists. J.T. Miller leads the team with 59 points and 24 goals. Expect Jacob Markstrom in net, while Tuukka Rask is expected in net for the Bruins. Markstrom has a 2.74 goals-against-average with a .918 save percentage. Rask leads the league in goals-against-average (2.04) and save percentage (.932).
David Pastrnak leads the team with 86 points, and is tied leading the league with 43 goals. Brad Marchand still leads the team with 53 assists. Vancouver sits third in the Pacific Division with 70 points and has a 32-22-6 record, while the Bruins lead the Atlantic Division and the league with 90 points (39-11-12).
Marchand - Bergeron - Pastrnak
DeBrusk - Krejci - Heinen
Bjork - Coyle - Kuhlman
Nordstrom/Blidh - Kuraly - Wagner
Chara - McAvoy
Krug - Carlo
Grzelcyk - Lauzon
Pearson- Horvat- Eriksson
Miller- Pettersson- Toffoli
Roussel- Gaudette- Virtanen
Motte- Beagle- Sutter
WHEN AND WHERE TO WATCH: Tonight with puck drop at 10:00 pm (US) 7:00 PM (CAN). ESPN+, NESN, Sportsnet, Sportsnet 650
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