Boston Bruins Post Game Recap: Game 71


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By KG | Follow on Twitter @kgbngblog | FanCred at K G


David Backes was hurt last game after taking a skate to the thigh and will be out for some time. Newly signed Ryan Donato comes into the lineup for his first career NHL game. He was supposed to be on the third line, but since Rick Nash didn’t take warmups due to an upper-body injury, Donato will fill in his spot tonight. Korpisalo and Rask will get the starts in nets tonight, Rask is coming off of a shutout down south in Tampa.

What I Am Looking Forward To

Ryan Donato has been one of the most talked about Bruins prospect since he was drafted in 2014, and tonight he gets a shot at playing with David Krejci. Once again, injuries will play a big part of this game with Backes and Rick Nash coming out of the lineup from last game both due to injuries.


Ryan Donato kicked off the game after he shot off down the left wing and battled for the puck, getting the first shot on net of the game. But just as Boston started to look like they were going to start to control the pace, The Blue Jackets pressured Carlo into turning over the puck that led to a Boone Jenner tip-in goal infront of Rask. Boston had a chance soon after to tie it back up when they went on the power play. Ryan Donato had three incredible chances and with great team puck movement, the Bruins managed to get six total shots on the man advantage, but couldn’t convert. But this did sway the momentum of the game as Boston started to click and get good shots on net. Kevan Miller was called for a “Closing Hand On Puck” penalty and while the Bruins did kill it off, they looked like chickens running around with their heads gone in their own zone. In the final two minutes, The Bruins got another oppertunity on the power play and even though they got some great chances they still couldn’t convert.



CBJ – Jenner (Vanek)


Columbus is known as 1st period team, and the Bruins came strong, resulting in an amazing first career goal by Ryan Donato off of a great one-timer. Right after that, the very elite Brad Marchand took the game into his hands as he froze Korpisalo with a deke and roofed a backhand shot to go up 2-1. After some more great chances down low, the Bruins headed back to the power play after another Ian Cole penalty. On this try, they finally converted. Riley Nash slapped home a rebound to put the Bruins up by two, but that wouldn’t hold for long. Less than thirty seconds later, Sonny Milano tipped in a Ryan Murray slap-pass to get it back to a one goal game. That took all the energy right out of the building, and Bosotn would head to the locker room holding a one goal lead.


BOS – Donato (Krug, Heinen), Marchand (Pastrnak, Miller), Riley Nash PP (Donato, Marchand)

CBJ – Milano (Murray, Foligno)


Kevan Miller made sure that the Blue Jackets knew that he wasn’t planning on slowing down as he started off the period with a great chance that rung off the crossbar and out. Columbus would tie it up again after Thomas Vanek made a great redirection play to get one in. Boston continued to make good standup defensive plays at their own line, stopping Columbus almost every time. But after an icing, Panarin rifled a shot past Rask right off of the faceoff to go up 4-3. But just twenty seconds after that happened, the David Krejci line scored once again to make it 4-4 with Krejci getting the goal from a great pass by Donato. This gave Boston a shot of pure energy that resulted in many chances, like a Ryan Donato breakaway, free pucks infront of the net and hit posts. Rask and Korpisalo both had to come up big in the final few minutes, and because of that we are headed to OT.


BOS – Krejci (Donato, Heinen)

CBJ – Vanek (Nutivaara, Jenner), Panarin (Foligno)


The usual OT game winner Brad Marchand broke free with a Krug pass, but couldn’t convert with a Blue Jackets player drapped all over him. Rask came up huge with some great saves at the other end. After some conterversial non-calls, the Bruins let Cam Atkinson sneak in behind them and sniped a shot low glove on Tuukka to continue the Blue Jackets winning streak.



CBJ – Atkinson (Murray, Weenberg)


With injuries dropping Bruins players like flies, Donato is exactly the type of player that Boston needs. An effecient player that gives it 110% every shift. Even when people start to come back from IR, I think he’ll find a spot in the lineup.

KG’s Three Stars Of The Game

1st: Ryan Donato – Wow. What a game by a guy who was just signed yesterday. A goal and two assists with six shots is incredible. A great signing so far for the Bruins and will continue to be in the lineup with this kind of play. He could have a great career here in Boston if he plays as hard as he did tonight.

2nd: Brad Marchand – A textbook Brad game where he scored a highight reel goal, had eight shots on net, had an assist and was a monster in OT. If there was, for some odd reason, a chance that you didn’t believe that Marchand was elite, this is one of his many games that tell you different.

3rd: David Krejci – When the Bruins need a clutch goal, he’ll be there. If there’s a second line that needs to be productive and cycle the puck for a full shift, he’ll be there. David Krejci has stepped his game up after what people called a down year last season, and is doing great with this never-ending rotation of wingers he gets played with.

MUP (Most Under-Appreciated Player): Riley Nash – This is the second game in a row where I have Riley Nash as the MUP of the game. This is because he is doing such an incredible job while replacing future Hall of Fame-er Patrice Bergeron on the top line where he plays elite, top notch guys every night. He had 22:09 TOI tonight, along with another goal to add to his ever growing total this year.

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Boston Bruins Post Game Recap: Game 65

NHL: MAR 03 Canadiens at Bruins

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By KG | Follow on twitter @kgbngblog | FanCred at K G


After a hit up high on Frans Nielsen last game, David Backes was suspended for three games. His absence along with Bergeron and McAvoy leaves the Bruins lineup looking a lot less intimidating than it was just a week ago. After going 9-0-1 starting back on February 8th, the Flyers have started to drop off going 0-3-1 since the start of March. Rask starts for Boston while Lyon protects the other end for Philadelphia.

What I Am Looking Forward To

Boston is going through a really rough injury patch right now and it’ll be interesting to see if they can keep their winning ways going with all of the key guys they have out. I expect a grinding, hitting old school kind of game tonight. Both teams desperately want these two points. Should be a great game.


The game really started a minute and a half into the game when Kevan Miller took a double minor penalty for high sticking Wayne Simmonds and drawing blood. The Flyers power play unit was incredibly efficient scoring only ten seconds into the power play on a great pass from Nolan Patrick to Jakub Voracek. Later, the Bruins got a power play after Rick Nash’s stick was slashed, where they had a lot of shot opportunities but didn’t get too much actually on net. But that did energize the team, so when Bruce Cassidy told the top line of Marchand/Nash/Pastrnak to hit the ice, they channeled that energy into a terrific display of skill and hard work that ended up with Riley Nash scoring on a wraparound rebound. After some great offensive shifts for him, Brad Marchand was given a tripping penalty for a low hit on Gostisbehere. The Bruins killed this off, and with less than a minute left on the clock Tommy Wingels made a great defensive play on the backcheck to get the puck to Chara where the captain made a great pass to Brian Gionta, of all people, who ended up scoring on a sweet little move all alone on a breakaway to end the period.


BOS – Nash (Pastrnak, Miller), Gionta (Chara, Wingels)

PHI – Voracek PP (Patrick, Giroux)


The start of the period kicked off with a pretty questionable penalty called on Torey Krug that the Bruins were able to kill off pretty easily. After some back and forth from the teams, Rick Nash drew yet another penalty when he was slashed again, sending the Bruins to their second power play. But just as the Bruins were starting to settle into a setup in the Flyers’ end, Philly sprung Oskar Lindblom on a two-on-one where he threw the puck into Rask’s open five-hole. The rest of the period was more physical play along the boards, with lots of chances with good puck movement from both teams.



PHI – Lehtera SH (Filppula, Gudas)


Another early period penalty put Boston on the power play just a minute thirty into the final period. Chara was set up for a one-timer during the man advantage, but no one other than the goalie wanted to be in front of it so Lyon had a clear view of it all the way in to make the stop. Chara really showed off his offensive abilities around the ten-minute mark. He was pinching into the zone and using his reach and massive body to sweep around the net and throw the puck in front of the net, and he did this more than once. Sean Couturier broke into the Bruins end, forcing Marchand to slash him up in the hand/wrist area in hopes that it would cause him to miss, which it did. But this meant that he was going to the box. The Bruins were once again successful in killing it off. In the dying seconds of the third period, the hero Brad Marchand swooped in on net when there was a massive pile-up where he smacked in the puck to put the Bruins up by one with 30 seconds left in the game. And that was how it ended. 3-2 the final score.


BOS – Marchand (Pastrnak, Chara)



The Bruins played decent, not great, this game. They did have some very arguable penalties called against them and key players missing though. If Boston can do this while missing their top centermen, top 4 defencemen and arguably top 6 wingers, they will do that much better when they are all back in action.

KG’s Three Stars Of The Game

1st: Brad Marchand – Yet another game winner for him. I guess that makes him relatively elite. Another complete game from him, even though there was some funny business with penalties. And that one time he kind of gave up on a backcheck that cost the team the one-goal lead. Oh well, he made up for it with that game winner.

2nd: Zdeno Chara – Chara had a great night. It almost seemed like he turned back the clock the way that he was galloping out there. With two assists, four shots and a +/- of +2, Chara was incredible. He also played 23:55 tonight, over four minutes more than the next guy (Marchand with 19:25).

3rd: Brian Gionta – Surprisingly “Gio” played a really good game in a limited timeframe. He scored the Bruins second goal of the night and played an old school kind of grind-it-out game.

MUP (Most Under-Appreciated Player): Tuukka Rask – Right off of the start, Rask was bombarded with shots all night. He stopped 31 out of the 33 he faced and came up big when they needed him and this is all while he is supposedly still a bit hurt.

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Premature Panic: The Bruins Have Turned Their Season Around


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By: Lauren Campbell | Follow on Twitter: @lalalalaurrrren 

It’s March 7, 2018, and the Boston Bruins are 41-15-8.

I was very, very wrong about this team.

Back in October, I wrote about how it was already time to hit the panic button on this season. They were 2-3-0 through their first five games, they couldn’t string together consecutive regulation wins until November, and Tuukka Rask was playing nowhere near the level he’s at now.

One thing that really stuck out to me from my previous article was that I wrote, “the young studs are not living up to the expectations surrounding them.” At the time, they weren’t, but players like Jake DeBrusk, Charlie McAvoy, Danton Heinen and David Pastrnak are very much exceeding those expectations now. Between the four players listed above, the young studs have 56 goals, McAvoy is playing like a veteran in his rookie season, Heinen is quietly making a name for himself while DeBrusk and Pastrnak just continue to score and collect points each game.

Trust me, I am extremely happy to have been so terribly wrong about this team. I never expected them to be this good – especially during Bruce Cassidy’s first full year as head coach, all the youth on this team and a year where there was a lot of questions surrounding Rask after how he started early in the season. But something happened between then and now – maybe it was getting Patrice Bergeron and David Backes back into the lineup, or maybe it was just a matter of time until this team started clicking.

Whatever it was, it’s worked. I had little hope for the Bruins after their slow and sluggish start. But now I have hopes for a deep playoff run. They’ve added depth with Rick Nash, Nick Holden, and even Brian Gionta. Rask, despite his last five games, has been playing phenomenally. But what has been standing out to me a lot, besides the rookies being fantastic, is the “next man up” mentality this team has when a player goes down.

Currently, this team is without Bergeron, McAvoy and Anders Bjork. Fortunately, Bergeron and McAvoy will be back this season, and they need McAvoy’s defense and Bergeron’s offense. But that gives opportunities for Holden, Nash, and Gionta to get more ice time, David Krejci to get more goals and Marchand to continue to step up and be the force on the ice this team needs.

We saw what this team is like without McAvoy and Bergy on Tuesday in their 6-5 overtime against Detroit. It was a game of the good, the bad and the ugly against a mediocre Red Wings team. But the team stepped up with two goals from Torey Krug, a natural hat trick from Marchand and some players dropping gloves. They are a completely different team – a team that is built for the playoffs. So when Bergeron, McAvoy, and Rask come back, this team will be even better because they will be at full health.

I was so very wrong about this team. But I am so pleased I was. 

Boston Bruins Post Game Recap: Game 64: 3/6/18: Detroit at Boston

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By Mike Cratty | Follow me on Twitter @Mike_Cratty

Home: Boston Bruins: 40-15-8, 88 points, second in the Atlantic Division

Away: Detroit Red Wings: 26-29-10, 62 points, fifth in the Atlantic Division

Boston’s Lineup


Marchand-Riley Nash-Pastrnak

DeBrusk-Krejci-Rick Nash










Detroit’s Lineup













The Bruins sported some nice St. Patrick’s Day themed warm-ups before things got interesting early.

(Via @NHLBruins on Twitter)

First Period

When I say things got interesting early, I mean it. Two goals in the 52 seconds from Torey Krug’s 12th and Jake DeBrusk’s 14th goals set the tone for a high scoring game. Frans Nielsen quickly spoiled the fun early in their power play, 2:16 into the game after Tommy Wingels went to the box for slashing. Mike Green then tied it up with 12:07 remaining in the first on what ended up being a weak goal on Khudobin’s part. Fours in less than eight minutes of action, not something you see every day.

Here’s Torey Krug’s best attempt at emulating one of his former teammates Johnny Boychuk’s “Johnny Rockets., ”

(Via @NHL on Twitter)

Charlie McAvoy’s MCL injury and Nick Holden’s impressive start to his Bruins career earned him a spot in the top-four with Torey Krug on the second defensive pairing.

With just under 7:00 remaining in the first, Nick Jensen went to the box for Detroit on a holding call, which allowed Torey Krug to notch his 13th goal of the season and second of the game on the power play, set up on a beautiful pass through the slot from Brad Marchand.

Some stunning puck work displayed here.

(Via @mkmolnar on Twitter)

Danton Heinen almost made it 4-2 about a minute later but hit the post. The Bruins threw plenty of shots at Jared Coreau early. Henrik Zetterberg then came in and nearly squeaked one between Anton Khudobin and the left post. It was just a wild start to the first period within the first 15 minutes.

The period concluded with Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak nearly adding a late goal on a give-and-go. Frans Nielsen left the ice after a hit away from the play on David Backes that put Backes in the box for roughing.

Score: 3-2 Boston

Second Period

Detroit started the period with 1:50 of power play time on the David Backes roughing penalty. Anton Khudobin faced zero shots while down a man and the penalty was killed by the Bruins.

With 17:48 remaining in the period, defenseman turned forward Luke Witkowski took a stupid crosschecking penalty on Torey Krug, handing the Bruins a two-minute man advantage. Torey Krug then returns the favor to Brad Marchand with a back-door one-timer, too easy. The Bruins take a 4-2 lead on the power play goal with 16:33 to go in the second. Jared Coreau then got the boot from the Detroit crease, Jimmy Howard came in to replace him. The goal marked Marchand’s 26th goal of the year and man, what a beautiful sequence it was.

(Via @NHLonNBCSports on Twitter)

Jonathan Ericsson and David Backes exchanged words early in the period, which then lead to a fight between the two with 15:15 to go in the period. Spoiler alert: Backes won.

(Via @Tashville401 on Twitter)

Detroit went on the penalty kill again with 13:45 remaining when Mike Green went to the box cross-checking. On the kill, Detroit got a chance from Justin Abdelkader, who after watching the instant replay, clearly kicked the puck in. No goal.

(Via @CBeswick on Twitter)

Yes, Colin, it was a distinct kicking motion. The Bruins failed to score on the power play.

Brandon Carlo then took a dumb interference penalty with 9:57 to go and a two-goal lead. Anthony Mantha nearly put in a rebound past a scrambling Anton Khudobin, but Khudobin sprawled and stopped it with his left arm. Shortly after, Mike Green ripped a slap shot that hit off of David Krejci’s stick and Nick Holden’s hand was picked up by Anthony Mantha for Detroit’s third goal of the game with 7:55 remaining. Khudobin couldn’t reset in time to make the save.

Brad Marchand rained on Detroit’s parade with 6:42 remaining after a few chances that lead to the puck bouncing off the board behind Jimmy Howard. Marchand then banked the puck off of Howard’s left skate and into the net, 5-3 Bruins on a fluky one, his 27th of the season and second of the game. He wasn’t done there, as he laid out Gustav Nyquist at center ice not too long after.

Andreas Athanasiou, a highly dangerous breakaway player, found space late for a breakaway and was robbed by Khudobin. The next breakaway? Zdeno Chara mishandles the puck, it’s picked up by Tyler Bertuzzi and put in on the backhand for Bertuzzi’s 3rd of the season with 4:10 left.

A skirmish late following a low Brad Marchand hit lead to a 4-on-4 with Riley Nash and Justin Abdelkader heading to the box as a result. Brandon Carlo went at it with Trevor Daley a little over a minute into the 4-on-4, Brian Gionta joined in. Not shortage of nastiness in this game.

David Pastrnak had three assists through two periods, by the way.

An interesting thing to note from Kevin Paul Dupont here.

(Via @GlobeKPD on Twitter)

Score: 5-4 Boston


Third Period

Brad Marchand takes a slashing penalty five seconds into the period, five seconds. That’s impressive. The penalty was killed successfully by the Bruins.

With 15:22 left, Luke Witkowski went to the box again, this time for roughing. Detroit killed it off. The penalties continued when Sean Kuraly went to the box for tripping Dylan Larkin with 12:19 left. Not much going on besides penalties early in the third period.

Five seconds after the conclusion of the Sean Kuraly tripping penalty, Tyler Bertuzzi finds Martin Frk open out front to tie the game. It was a weird goal, hitting off David Krejci in a shot block attempt and getting a little bit of spin on it, which tripped up Anton Khudobin and was the driving force behind the goal.

Many people were not fans of the referee’s performances tonight, including Billy Jaffe.

(Via @BJaffe on Twitter)

Back-and-forth chances followed for the longevity of the period. Nothing too crazy, but some consistent action making for an exciting finish. We’re on to overtime

Score: 5-5


Brad Marchand scored in overtime, for the 11th time in his career. Shocker. Third career hat trick, 28th goal of the season. Most overtime goals in Bruins history for the NHL’s greatest pest. Five points on the night. Brad Marchand loves playing the Wings. Game over.

(Via @PeteBlackburn on Twitter)

It was a wild, at times a frustrating game, but the Bruins came out with two points in the end. Not all wins are pretty.

Report: Bruins Bergeron May Have Injury After Leafs Game

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By: Mark Allred  |  Follow On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

After last night’s 4-3 Boston Bruins loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs from the Air Canada Center in Toronto, Ontario, multiple reports are coming out that after the game B’s forward and assistant captain Patrice Bergeron was seen leaving the area in a walking boot on his right foot. Many are saying the injury could be part of a shot-blocking effort during the game that didn’t get revealed until after the game when his right skate was taken off.  Also, have to mention his efforts leaving the ACC last night were not assisted by crutches of any sort.

The 32-year-old Bruins veteran has played in 953 career National Hockey League games with Boston and with 54 points in 54 games this season is on track to break his career-high of 73 points he accrued in his second full professional season in 2005-06 with 24 games remaining in the current 2017-18 campaign. The Bruins are set to play the Buffalo Sabres today at 5 pm from the Key Bank Center in Buffalo, New York. No reports as of yet have come out about Bergeron’s participation today against the Sabres who are last in the Eastern Conference and are 4-4-2 in their last ten games.

Bergeron leads the team in goals with 27 and is second in points behind long-time linemate Brad Marchand who leads the team with 57 points and is another Bruin who could break his career high of 85 points he earned in 2016-17 and with 24 games remaining in the 2017-18 schedule could surpass that feat. Regardless a player like Bergy will be heavily missed because of his constant leadership and an outstanding two-way game that could land him a record-breaking fifth Selke Trophy after this season but has also been heavily discussed as a top Hart Trophy candidate.

Below are some tweets related to this news from last night

Boston Bruins: Patrice Bergeron And The Triple Fifty Line



Patrice Bergeron #37 and Brad Marchand #63 of the Boston Bruins react in the first period against the New York Rangers during their game at Madison Square Garden on February 7, 2018, in New York City.
(Feb. 7, 2018 – Source: Abbie Parr/Getty Images North America)

By: Andrew Thompson                                                                        Twitter: @godwentwhoops


The Boston Bruins earned themselves another two points with a solid 5-2 drubbing of the Calgary Flames Tuesday night.  Overall it was a great night for Bruins fans. The TD Garden hosted the legendary Don Cherry and members of the Bruins 1977-78 squad (the only team in NHL history to have 11 20-goal scorers).

The Bruins got on the board early, and they got on the board often. Once again, the Black and Gold came from behind to make life difficult for the opposing goalie. Riley Nash put in the first two goals of the night for the B’s, and B’s captain Zdeno Chara put in the empty-netter to seal the deal late for Boston.

But once again, the player of the game was B’s alternate captain Patrice Bergeron. Bergeron scored the third and fourth goals of the game, putting the game out of reach and stealing the heat from the Flames.

Patrice Bergeron has been on fire these last few weeks. Since the start of 2018, the four-time Selke winner (and obvious first ballot into the Hockey Hall of Fame) has made NHL goalies his playthings by putting in 16 goals for the Black and Gold (including two hat tricks). Four of those goals were game-winners and he tallied an obscene 65 shots on goal.

So what does one of the hottest players currently in the National Hockey League think about being a one-man shooting gallery?

“I’m trying not to think about it,” said Bergeron with his usual honest humility. “I’m trying just to go out there, play, and stay focused…push myself to be better from one night to another and learn and watch video. Whenever it’s on the power play, [studying] my positioning and trying to find openings and things like that. To be honest with you, I’m trying to stay focused and be in the moment.”

Bergeron’s two goals helped him eclipse the 50-point plateau this season. Bergeron has hit this mark or higher every year for the last five seasons.  He’s the last of the Bruins top line to hit that mark. David Pastrnak crossed that line last week against the New York Rangers. Boston’s Little Ball of Hate Brad Marchand passed that mark in late January against the New Jersey Devils.

The Bruins top line has been one of the strongest lines in the entire league this season. It’s impossible to find a line in the league that has let in as few goals as they have. In his long career, Bergeron has been a remarkable leader and teacher to the rest of his line. He’s helped turn Marchand from a fourth-line grinder to an All-Star, and Pastrnak from a raw rookie to a future All-Star.

There’s also that small matter of putting Bergy’s name in the conversation for the Hart Trophy.

Look at the numbers Marchand and Bergeron have put up in their respective careers in Boston.  43 goals in 2010-11. 50 in 2011-12. 28 in 2012-13(but that’s because the owners wanted to stick it to the players and thus gave up half the season). The numbers are high and they stay high.

Now add in David Pastrnak and the numbers just get silly. 69 goals (10 of them game-winners) between the three of them. 156 points. 440 shots on goal and nobody on that line hits less than 14% of the time.  It’s as close to Bruins hockey perfection without mentioning the name ‘Orr’.

Patrice Bergeron is only 32. He still has five-plus years in the league. Marchand’s just 29. This power trio will be one of the dominant lines in the NHL until the mid-2020s.  Guess Bruins Nation owes a big debt of gratitude for Claude Julien for putting them together.






Game Preview: Bruins vs. Rangers Has No Shortage of Storylines

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By: Thomas Nystrom           Follow Me On Twitter @nahstrom 

Despite the New York Rangers season having fallen off the rails, there is no shortage of things to watch for in tonight’s match-up.

Tonight the Boston Bruins take on the Rangers at Madison Square Garden featuring the return of Brad Marchand. The embattled winger finished his suspension and will look to get right back into the unmistakably dominant flow that the first line had been on. Patrice Bergeron, David Pastrnak, and Marchand are arguably the best two-way line in hockey and prior to his suspension for an elbow to New Jersey Devils forward Marcus Johansson, they were lighting up opponents at a record pace. It will be interesting to see the reaction from Ranger fans and players alike, perhaps trying to goad Marchand into making another costly mistake. The NHL offices will no doubt be watching #63 with a close eye tonight in New York.

A compelling dynamic to tonights rivalry game is the idea that the Rangers appear to be sellers at the upcoming trade deadline, and perhaps a number of players are auditioning for their potential future teams, Boston included. Names like defenseman Ryan McDonagh, and forwards Michael Grabner, Rick Nash, David Desharnais, and fan favorite Mats Zuccarello have been floated out there as potentially available. Zuccarello and McDonagh both have time past the end of this season left on their contracts and are signed through the end of next season.

Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported in January that the Rangers are preparing to take calls regarding players up and down the roster, regardless of contract status.

One more interesting thing to know is that AHL affiliates of both organizations play one another the night before the February 26th deadline. Hartford Wolf Pack (NYR) head to Providence to take on the Bruins for a Sunday matinee at 3:05. Any indications of a potential deal between New York and Boston could possibly make itself apparent in that contest in the form of a healthy scratch for one or more Providence prospects. That will be something to monitor as the game approaches.

Boston Bruins (32-11-8) vs. New York Rangers (25-23-5)
Madison Square Garden
8:00 pm on NBCSN

Projected Lineups:

Boston Bruins

Brad Marchand – Patrice Bergeron – David Pastrnak
Jake DeBrusk – David Krejci – Ryan Spooner
Danton Heinen – Riley Nash – David Backes
Tim Schaller – Sean Kuraly – Austin Czarnik

Zdeno Chara – Charlie McAvoy
Torey Krug – Brandon Carlo
Matt Grzelcyk – Adam McQuaid

Anton Khudobin getting the nod in goal.

New York Rangers

Rick Nash – Mika Zibanejad – Mats Zuccarello
JT Miller – David Desharnais – Jesper Fast
Michael Grabner – Kevin Hayes – Vinni Lettieri
Cody McLeod – Peter Holland – Paul Carey

Ryan McDonagh – Nick Holden
Brady Skjei – Steve Kampfer
Brendan Smith – Anthony DeAngelo

Henrik Lundqvist expected in net for the Rangers.

Thomas Nyström, Contributor.
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Boston Bruins: At The Trade Deadline, No News Is Good News



Boston Bruins General manager Don Sweeney speaks to the media during the 2016 NHL Draft on June 25, 2016 in Buffalo, New York.
(June 24, 2016 – Source: Jen Fuller/Getty Images North America)

By: Andrew Thompson                                                                    Twitter: @godwentwhoops

The Boston Bruins seem to be in control of their own destiny at the moment.  From an ugly beginning, the Black and Gold have earned points in 30 of their last 34 games. With their most recent win against the Toronto Maple Leafs, the B’s sit comfortably in second place in the Atlantic Division.

The Boston Bruins seem to be in control of their own destiny at the moment.  From an ugly beginning, the Black and Gold have earned points in 30 of their last 34 games. With their most recent win against the Toronto Maple Leafs, the B’s sit comfortably in second place in the Atlantic Division.

The Bruins next big move (other than forward Brad Marchand’s return to the ice) is the trade deadline. Several teams have been sniffing around the TD Garden to see who could be made available for the right price. Several big named players have put up their trade lists as well. (To no surprise, Boston was on those lists.) Don Sweeney had mentioned that they could be looking for a top-six winger earlier in the season.

So, what should the Bruins do?

Answer: Absolutely nothing.

The 2017-18 Bruins roster have really put things together in the middle of the season. For the first time in a few years, the Black and Gold have four solid forward lines. (Including the Bergeron line which could be argued as being the best top line in the NHL at the moment.) The Bruins defensive pairs have done their job, and the goaltending duo of Anton Khudobin and Tuukka Rask are among the top in the league right now.

The B’s have always believed in the ‘next man up’ philosophy. With the loss of Brad Marchand to his suspension, the team just moved the best possible player up a line and brought home points in four of the five games. But the B’s are also totally committed to the team this season. There are no Black and Gold passengers this time around.

“It’s just another sign of what you’re seeing inside of our club, and in that particular case outside, but there’s a lot of that going on,” offered Bruins bench boss Bruce Cassidy (who should be seriously considered for the Jack Adams this year. “Guys are working hard for one another, have each other’s backs. I was asked a question a while ago about what came first, the chemistry or the winning? I think it was the chemistry.

“You could see it earlier in the year. It didn’t result automatically in wins, but you could see our guys pulling for one another, and when we got healthy and started playing the way we wanted to. You see that up and down the lineup. Guys are happy for each other.”

So, let’s wrap up the Bruins current assets. A great set of forward lines. Three defensive pairs that bring it every night. Outstanding goaltending (sorry Tuukka haters). A deep set of prospects from the AHL down. At the moment the B’s have everything they need to make a deep run in the playoffs or even another Stanley Cup Final appearance.

Why would the Bruins even contemplate fixing something that isn’t broken?

Unless I’m reading the terrain all wrong, they won’t. From Jeremy Jacobs on down, the front office has to be excited about this year’s team.  Unless the B’s suffer a string of serious injuries (or Brad Marchand hits a ref with his stick), the Boston Bruins will do absolutely nothing at the trade deadline.

Even if the B’s thought something was still missing, they really couldn’t go all in to get it. The B’s have just over $2 million in cap space, and that won’t be enough to grab a big name at the deadline, and it seems way too much to invest in a rental.

So we can all relax. Don Sweeney is too cagey to allow anything to disrupt the team he’s worked hard on putting together. The Boston Bruins will pass through the deadline unharmed and unchanged, and that’s how most of us want it.

Except for the Tuukka haters.