Game Preview | Boston Bruins vs. Calgary Flames

Game Preview | Boston Bruins vs. Calgary Flames

After a long Western Canada road trip the Boston Bruins will enjoy a  two-game homestead as they face the Calgary Flames tonight at TD Garden. This will be the second and final meeting between the two teams in five days. With the Bruins winning a wild 4-3 game over the Flames last Friday, Boston is hoping to get back in swing of things after a very tough loss to Vancouver.

SOME NEW FACES

The big news coming out is the new acquisitions of Ondřej Kaše and Nick Ritchie (who will make his debut tonight). Kaše will not be playing tonight as he still has flu-like symptoms. Ritchie will be slotting alongside Charlie Coyle and Anders Bjork. The 6’2, 226-lbs forward expressed excitement about joining the team:

“First-place team…really exciting to get things going…it’s the first time I was traded, so definitely a little bit different. I don’t know what to expect, but lucky I knew a few guys and the other guys are super nice and welcoming.”

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On the opposing side, Calgary added Derek Forbort from the LA Kings and Erik Gustafsson from the  Chicago Blackhawks. The Flames are coming off a 4-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings. Captain Mark Giordano will be a game-time decision, and they are 5-5-0 in their last 10 games.  The Bruins have won 11 games out of their last 14 games (11-3-0). Expect Tuukka Rask in net. With a win tonight, Rask may have a chance to break Bruins’ goaltender Tiny Thompson’s record for most home-game point streak (20-0 in 1929). Expect David Rittich in net for the Flames

Calgary is 32-25-6 while the Bruins are 39-12-12. Jaroslav Halak will be honored tonight during pre-game ceremonies for his 500th NHL career game.

PROJECTED LINEUPS-BOSTON

Marchand – Bergeron – Pastrnak

DeBrusk – Krejci – Kuhlman

Ritchie – Coyle – Bjork

Kuraly – Lindholm – Wagner

Chara – McAvoy

Krug – Carlo

Grzelcyk – Lauzon

Tuukka Rask

PROJECTED LINEUPS-CALGARY

Gaudreau – Monahan – Lindholm

Tkachuk – Backlund – Mangiapane

Lucic – Ryan – Dube

Bennett – Jankowski – Rieder

Giordano – Brodie

Hanifin – Andersson

Forbort – Gustafsson

David Rittich

WHEN AND WHERE TO WATCH: Tonight with puck drop  at 7:00 PM, at TD Garden , NESN

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Featured image courtesy of Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

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