How Pastrnak Injury Should Change Sweeney, Bruins Deadline Plans

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By: Yanni Latzanakis  |  Follow Me On Twitter @yanlatz

On Tuesday, February 12, the Boston Bruins and Don Sweeney announced via a press conference at Warrior Ice Arena that David Pastrnak underwent successful surgery to repair an injured left thumb. Pastrnak injured his thumb after leaving a sponsorship dinner with teammates when he reportedly fell, and he will be re-evaluated in two weeks.

David Pastrnak has been one of the league’s best goal scorers this season. He was honored at the 2019 NHL All-Star Game in San Jose due in part to his 31 goals and 66 points which are tied for 7th and 9th in the league respectively. He also ranks second in the league in powerplay points with 29, just behind Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov who has 32 power play points.

It is no secret that David Pastrnak has been a huge part of the Bruins success this season. However, even with David Pastrnak in the lineup, the Bruins have had an up and down season so far. With this latest injury, Sweeney should swing for the fences.

There have been multiple reports linking the Bruins to superstar forwards like Artemi Panarin and Wayne Simmonds ahead of the February 25th NHL Trade Deadline in which I think the Bruins should revisit with the Pastrnak injury.

However, during Sweeney’s press conference, he stated that Pastrnak’s injury will not change his deadline approach. If this is the case, this is not good news for Bruins fans. Ahead of Tuesday’s matchup with the streaking Chicago Blackhawks who have won 7 straight games and sit just 4 points out of a playoff spot in the Western Conference, Jake DeBrusk will be joining David Krejci and Peter Cehlarik on the left side in place of David Pastrnak.

Jake DeBrusk has been in a big slump in his sophomore season putting up just 14 goals and 5 assists for 19 points in 47 games played. This is down from his outstanding rookie campaign with 16 goals and 27 assists for 43 points along with a +13 rating last season. The Pastrnak injury is a chance for DeBrusk to step up and get back into his scoring ways, but the Bruins still need a trade now more than ever.

With David Pastrnak in the lineup and many injuries this season, the Bruins have done a great job hanging onto a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. However, even with David Pastrnak, we have seen this team give up leads in games as well as just flat out not score. If I were in Sweeney’s shoes, I would make a trade for a big name forward like the aforementioned Artemi Panarin or Wayne Simmonds. But, the asking prices are reportedly very high for Panarin who has already stated that he wants to test the market come July 1st. If the Bruins want to make any kind of splash in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs, they need to add another piece (or 2) at the deadline to improve the forward group and add more depth scoring.

As reported by Fluto Shinzawa of The Athletic, an ask for Columbus could be the Bruins 2019 First Round Pick, Trent Frederic, and either Donato or Vaakanainen.

Again, this is just a rental at this time because Panarin said that he wanted to test the market this summer. However, who knows? What if he loves Boston and the Bruins make a deep run with him and decides to sign here? Giving up Donato and Frederic, two players who haven’t shown a ton of promise this season, as well as a first-round pick for a superstar forward, would be a great move to improve the top two lines for the Bruins. This is a gamble move for Don Sweeney but I think it would be a good risk to take that could help this team compete with Eastern Conference supremacists Tampa Bay Lightning.

Wayne Simmonds would also be a good gamble in my opinion. He has shown to be a good performer in the past although he only has 24 points this season. He has had a strong career with the LA Kings and Philadelphia Flyers and has built a reputation as a tough player who can put the puck in the net. Most importantly, it would be a cheaper price for Don Sweeney to play than for Artemi Panarin.

With the aging (yet still productive) veteran core in Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci, Zdeno Chara, and Brad Marchand, the window is closing for the Bruins to win another Stanley Cup. Therefore, Sweeney should take a swing for a big name forward at this year’s trade deadline, especially with the latest David Pastrnak injury.

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Boston Bruins Prospect Player Profile: Anders Bjork

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By Tim Richardson | Follow Me On Twitter @TimARichardson

Anders Bjork was drafted in the fifth-round (146th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft. The young forward was projected to go in the fifth or sixth round, so the Bruins drafting him here was not a stretch by any means. When a player is drafted in the middle or later rounds, not a lot is really expected of him. It is one of those things where if the player turns out to be useful great, and if not that’s okay too. Coming into the draft the Mequon, Wisconsin native was overlooked by a stronger forward class. However, he did possess strong offensive instincts, vision, creativity, and puck handling skills. Bjork’s major areas of concern were his defensive game and playing away from the puck. He had obvious holes in his game there, but those were overlooked, and the Bruins drafted him. Now that we know the when and why let’s get into what Anders has done since being drafted.

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The 2014-15 season was Anders Bjork’s first at the University of Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish play in the grueling Hockey East Conference so it would be a good test for the young forward to see how he measured up. During his freshman season, the Wisconsin native had a promising year in which he netted 7 goals while dishing 15 assists for 22 total points and a +/- rating of –3 in 41 games played. That is a point per game total of 0.53. For a fifth-round draft pick playing in one of the tougher conferences in the NCAA, having a season like that was something the Bruins were happy with. Despite the successful first season in college, the speedy forward was being overlooked as a prospect. There were other forwards in the system that had a higher profile, but he was determined to show his worth to not only Boston but the rest of the NHL.

Something that was important to Bjork during his sophomore campaign was building upon his freshman season and putting his name on the prospect map for the Bruins organization. In 2015-16 the young Fighting Irish forward did just that. In 35 games played the slick winger potted 12 goals while tallying 23 assists for 35 total points and a +/- rating of +28. This means he was scoring at a point per game clip of 1.00. Bjork was able to really show off his offensive skills during this season. His ability to create in space, and get others involved in the offense were highlighted during the year. The Boston front office really started taking notice of their young prospect during this season. It was a good year to build on going forward.

As the 2016-17 season started, it brought added expectations and change for Bjork. It was his junior year at Notre Dame, and he was given a leadership role with the Fighting Irish when they added the “A” to his sweater. The newly appointed alternate Captain took that role and skated with it. The skilled winger took a giant leap forward and had a monster year. In 39 games he found the back of the net 21 times while also dishing out 31 assists for 52 total points and +/- rating of +17. That is a point per game clip of 1.33. Boston was extremely pleased with this season and the young forward shot up prospect rankings everywhere. Not only that, he was named a Hobey Baker Award finalist which is the award given to the best hockey player in the NCAA. It was a season which caused wild speculation about the possibility of the Fighting Irish star forgoing his senior year to sign an entry-level contract with the Bruins.

After much deliberation, Anders Bjork decided to sign a three-year entry-level contract before the 2017-18 NHL season. The Notre Dame Alum had a strong pre-season. The Bruins organization was really impressed with his speed, his shot, and his puck handling ability. They were so impressed that he started the year with the big club in Boston playing alongside David Pastrnak and David Krejci. The then-rookie started out on fire scoring seven points in his first 11 games. That’s when the season took a tough turn. He went on a cold streak which caused him to be sent down to Providence for a few games to work on his offense.

The former Hobey Baker finalist spent nine games in the AHL netting two goals and dishing out two assists for four total points and a +/- rating of –1. After those nine games, the Wisconsin native was called back up to the NHL, and in his first game back he had his rookie season cut short when he suffered a shoulder injury which would require season-ending surgery. His rookie season ended with stats of 4-8-12 in 30 games played. Despite getting injured and being streaky, the former Fighting Irish forward showed flashes of great offensive ability proving he can be a middle to top-line scorer in the league.

Coming into this season, Bjork was healed from his shoulder surgery and had a solid training camp coming off an injury. The second-year forward started the year playing sparingly spending most of his time playing on the third line. As a result of the Notre Dame alum was sent down to Providence to work on his game. While in the AHL, Bjork was playing well in 13 games he netted one goal and dished out nine assists for 10 total points and a +/- rating of -3. In his last game played something awful happened, and the Wisconsin native re-injured his shoulder and needed season-ending surgery for the second year in a row. While in Boston he managed to play in 20 games finding the back of the net one time and dishing out two assists for three total points and +/- rating of -1.

Anders Bjork has had a tough first few professional seasons of hockey. Having back to back shoulder injuries to cut short a season makes it hard to grow and develop as a hockey player. Despite this, I think that the skilled forward can be a very good second or third line wing in the NHL. He has shown flashes of great offensive ability both in his rookie year in Boston and playing this year in Providence. I believe that having surgery early when he did, and training and getting healthy for the 2019-20 is the best move the young winger could have made. I think next season we will finally see a fully healthy and fully motivated Anders Bjork and we are going to love what we see.

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Boston Bruins: Jake DeBrusk Breaking The Cold Streak

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By: Michael DeRosa | Check me out on Twitter @michael_derosa4

With David Pastrnak expected to miss at least two weeks, it is now time for the Bruins’ secondary scoring to wake up. In last night’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks, it is clear that they took a step in the right direction. Danton Heinen has been fitting in perfectly with the first-line and is quickly silencing his critics. However, one must not forget that Jake DeBrusk also broke the ice last night. With him registering three points, it seems as though he is finally heading in the right direction to break out of his slump.

One important factor to note is that once DeBrusk gets going, he has shown that he can play at a very effective level. After starting the year off in a similarly slow fashion, he ended up going on a stretch where he was scoring at will. With that being stated, there is no question that he has the ability to be a difference maker at the NHL level. With Pastrnak out, he is going to receive even more opportunities to shine. It is now time for him to play at a consistent level.

This time of year is crucial when it comes to getting points. Although the Bruins are in a spot where the playoffs seem like a sure thing, history has shown that anything can happen in this league. Scoring from players like DeBrusk and Heinen are a necessity at this point in time. However, in a sense, there is an unsaid high level of expectations toward DeBrusk. He is a former first-rounder who has already shown in spurts that he can resemble an elite sniper in this league. It just is a matter of staying at that level permanently.

The NHL Trade Deadline could also be massive for DeBrusk. There is no question that the Bruins are looking to acquire a top-six winger. Artemi Panarin has been the major name that the team is linked to, but it is not limited to just him. There are plenty of rentals who can slot on that line who could help DeBrusk’s offensive consistency blossom, such as Micheal Ferland and Wayne Simmonds. Bringing in a legitimate second-line winger would be the best action for not only DeBrusk but the entire team in general.

Criticism has been handed DeBrusk’s way during his cold streak, and it is justifiable in a sense. There is no question that the team should expect their second-line winger to produce at a solid pace. At certain points, one may argue that he has looked invisible on the ice as well. However, at the same time, the line has struggled to find solid chemistry all season. When a team is constantly changing up lines, it can leave a negative impact. With him being a young player, it makes sense as to why this has occurred.

At the end of the day, it is quite apparent that the importance of DeBrusk breaking this streak is at an immense level. The Bruins have the potential to do something special this postseason, but they need players like him to play their bests. At one point of the season, it seemed likely that DeBrusk easily could have had a 25-goal campaign. The potential is there, but more importantly, the consistency needs to be as well. Expect these last few months of the regular season to lead to him breaking out. Last night truly was the start of that.

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Boston Bruins Recall Providence’s Kuhlman

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By: Liz Rizzo | Follow me on Twitter @pastagrl88

Today Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced that Providence forward Karson Kuhlman had been recalled. He was signed by the B’s to a two-year contract last April. In his first professional season with the Providence Bruins, Kuhlman has had a decent outing so far playing. He has 25 points in 50 games as he notched 12 goals and 13 assists with a plus-22 rating.

The 5-foot-11, 190 forward played a full season in 2013 for the the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the Unites States Hockey Leagues (USHL). He tallied 25 goals with 19 assists for 44 points in 56 games. He was elected to play in the USHL All-Star Game. As a freshman for the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs, he recorded eight goals with 10 assists for 18 points, thus earning a bid in NCAA tournament. In his sophomore year, he was named alternate captain in which he netted 12 goals with eight assists for 20 points.

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Kuhlman, a native of Cloquet, Minnesota,  served as an alternate captain in his junior year accumulated six goals and 16 assists for 22 points in 42 games-a career high. That year, the Bulldogs advanced to the Frozen Four, but ultimately fell to Denver in the final. In his senior year, Kuhlman served as captain of the Bulldogs where he netted 13 goals and seven assists for 20 points in 44 games. The 23-year-old was named MVP in the 2018 NCAA tournament where he lead Minnesota with a goal and an assist in a 2-1 win over Notre Dame. Kuhlman has played 166 consecutive games in the NCAA-tying a record in NCAA history (he’s tied for seventh).

With the upcoming western roadtrip, the Bruins may be looking to have another extra body upfront as the organization looks to fill a roster spot created by the David Pastrnak injury. Described as tenacious with the puck during rookie camp in September, Kuhlman could serve as a possible winger, even though he is a right-shot center. General Manager Don Sweeney is quoted as describing Kuhlman as “a dog on a bone” when it comes to his puck-hunting.

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His two-year deal with the Bruins would guarantee him a minimum of $315,000 over the two years, with an NHL level salary of $750,000. He will join the team as he skates in his first varsity practice in Anaheim. Although he is there as an extra forward, fans may get to see Kuhlman make his NHL debut this weekend.

At last year’s camp, the versatile Kuhlman aimed to make make an impression on the B’s brass:

“This is a great organization and that’s why I chose to come here in the Spring…I want to come in and show them the way that I play hockey. I’m taking it day by day, not worrying about too far into the future. That’s something you’ve got to do at a camp like this, especially when there are so many guys that have NHL experience that are here in this room right now. So I’m just trying to play my game and hopefully going from there.”

When the Bruins varsity team headed to China this past summer, Kuhlman was able to take advantage and played in two preseason games. During the Prospect Challenge at the rookie tournament in Buffalo, Kuhlman had an opportunity to get some more hockey in his repertoire. Coach Bruce Cassidy, who had a chance to see Kuhlman in Buffalo before leaving for China, described Kuhlman as a “Swiss Army knife.” With David Pastrnak out for a few weeks, the Bruins could use a “jack-of-all-trades” type player, especially during these last few months to the season.

With David Pastrnak Sidelined Two-Weeks, Should Bruins Be More Aggressive At Trade Deadline?

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By: Erin Walsh | Twitter: @ewalsh90

It was announced Tuesday that David Pastrnak will be out of the lineup for at least two-weeks with a thumb injury. Pastrnak fell at a sponsorship event on Sunday and needed to have surgery on his thumb.

With Pasta unexpectedly out of the lineup, will Boston Bruins general manager Don Sweeney be more aggressive at the trade deadline?

Sweeney said in a press conference on Tuesday that Pastrnak’s injury will not change how he will approach the trade deadline, but should it change his ways?

With the Bruins leading scorer out of the lineup, the B’s will need to rely on their secondary scoring even more — which they seem to lack as of late.

Secondary scoring has been a real issue in Boston and Sweeney has certainly been working the phones to see what scoring help he can add to his depleted lineup.

Names like Minnesota Wild center Charlie Coyle, New York Rangers winger Mats Zuccarello, and Ottawa Senators winger Ryan Dzingel have been linked to the Bruins.

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Bigger names that have been linked to the B’s include Senators’ Matt Duchene, Columbus Blue Jackets’ Artemi Panarin, Rangers’ Chris Kreider, and St. Louis Blues’ Brayden Schenn and Vladimir Tarasenko.

The Bruins should be going after a bigger and better player now that Pasta is out for a while.

The time is NOW for Boston. Big name players don’t come around often and you need to snatch them up before someone else does.  Many of these big name players are rentals that will cost the Bruins a first round pick, a few prospects, and possibly a roster player.

At this point, Boston’s first-round pick will be coming in at around No. 20 and could be as low as 31. Giving up another first round pick won’t hurt them too much as the pick is pretty low.

If the B’s give up Danton Heinen, Ryan Donato, Anders Bjork or even Trent Frederic it may be worth it to take a gamble on a rental.

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If Sweeney does end up making a trade, he will most likely have the intention of re-signing the player to a long-term deal.

To make a long story short, I think it’s worth it for the Bruins to now make a trade for a big name player. Duchene, Tarasenko, and Panarin could make a huge impact on this lineup.

If they don’t make a trade for a big name player, they should at least try to acquire a few players to address the needs they have. Right now, the B’s need a second line winger, third line center, and possibly a defenseman to even out the group.

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Boston’s biggest division rival, the Toronto Maple Leafs, added John Tavares during the offseason while another division rival, the Montreal Canadiens, have added Nate Thompson, Dale Weise, and Christian Folin this past week.

Both the Maple Leafs and Canadiens have addressed needs within their organization while the Bruins have done nothing.

It’s time for Boston to address it’s needs and find some scoring help.

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Game Preview: Boston Bruins Vs. Chicago Blackhawks

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By: Erin Walsh | Follow me on Twitter @ewalsh90

After picking up two overtime wins against the Los Angeles Kings and Colorado Avalanche last weekend, the Boston Bruins will set their sights on the red-hot Chicago Blackhawks.

This will be the second and final matchup between the Bruins and Blackhawks this season with the B’s taking home a 4-2 win over the Hawks at the Winter Classic in January.

Surging Blackhawks

The Blackhawks are winners of seven straight with their most recent coming against the Detroit Red Wings 5-2. Over the course of this seven game stretch, the Hawks have managed to pull off two overtime wins against the Vancouver Canucks and Minnesota Wild while also adding a shootout win over the New York Islanders in January.

Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane is on a 14-game point streak and he will look to extend that when the Hawks visit TD Garden on Tuesday. Kane had a goal and an assist in the Blackhawks win over Detroit on Sunday.

Chicago recalled Dylan Sikura on Monday ahead of the matchup with Boston. Through 11 games with the Hawks this season, Sikura has tallied three assists with one of those coming in the Winter Classic.

Over the course of their seven-game win streak, captain Jonathan Toews has tallied 14 points (seven goals, seven assists). Toews scored a hat trick against the Washington Capitals in January and also added two assists for a five point night.

21-year-old Alex DeBrincat is having a huge year up front for the Blackhawks. DeBrincat is on an eight-game point streak and tallied two assists in Chicago’s win over Detroit.

Dylan Strome’s contributions should not be overlooked. The Mississauga native was traded from the Arizona Coyotes to the Blackhawks earlier this season and that was a game changer for him. Through 20 games with Arizona, Strome tallied six points. Through 32 games with the Hawks, Strome has tallied 30 points.

Although they are seventh in the Central Division, the Blackhawks boast a record of 23-24-9 and are just four points out of the second wild card spot in the West.

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Blackhawks Projected Lines

Caggiula — Toews — Kane
DeBrincat — Strome — Kahun
Saad — Anisimov — Perlini
Sikura — Kruger — Hayden

Keith — Seabrook
Koekkoek — Gustafsson
Dahlstrom — Murphy

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Scratched: Chris Kunitz, David Kampf, Gustav Formling,
Injured: Corey Crawford

Bruins Sneaking By With Wins

With a record of 31-17-8, you wouldn’t think the Bruins are struggling as of late. The B’s sit third in the Atlantic Division but that could very well change with the playoff race in the East heating up.

The Bruins have managed to accumulate points in each of their last seven games — Going 4-0-3 through the stretch.

Although the Bruins are winning, they aren’t wining by much. Six out of their last seven have been one-goal games. The B’s are seriously lacking secondary scoring. Boston’s top line of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, and David Pastrnak was recently split up by head coach Bruce Cassidy to see if he could balance out the scoring.

Pastrnak is now on the second line with Peter Cehlarik and David Krejci while Danton Heinen is now on the first line with Marchand and Bergeron. Heinen has found his game on Bergeron’s right wing tallying a goal and an assist against the Kings over the weekend.

Pastrnak leads the team with 66 points (31 goals, 35 assists) and Marchand is giving him a run for his money with 65 points (21 goals, 44 assists).

However, as the team just learned today, Pastrnak will be out for two weeks with a thumb injury. Here’s what Captain Zdeno Chara had to say about the B’s bad break with Pasta:

Goaltender Tuukka Rask has won each of his last three starts and will look to get his fourth straight win against the Hawks on Tuesday. Rookie Trent Frederic has yet to record his first NHL point but to be fair, he isn’t fully developed yet.

Defenseman Torey Krug has five points through his last five games including an assist against Colorado over the weekend.

If the Bruins want to make a legitimate playoff run, they’re going to have to get some depth scoring.  Will we see some depth scoring against Chicago on Tuesday?

Bruins Projected Lines

Marchand — Bergeron — Heinen
DeBrusk — Krejci — Cehlarik
Nordstrom — Frederic — Backes
Kuraly — Acciari — Wagner

Chara — McAvoy
Krug — Miller
Moore — Carlo

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Scratched: Grzelcyk
Injured: David Pastrnak (Thumb)

WHEN TO WATCH: Tuesday, Feb. 11 with puck drop at 7 p.m. ET.
WHERE TO WATCH: NESN, NBCSN

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Bruins Give Update On David Pastrnak

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By: Garrett Haydon | Follow Me On Twitter @thesportsguy97

On Tuesday morning Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced that forward David Pastrnak had successful thumb surgery after a fall following a team event and will be re-evaluated in two weeks.

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The 21-year-old has skated in every game for the Bruins this season and leads the team in goals (31) and points (66). Pastrnak also has 35 assists which is good for second on the team. Last month, Pastrnak was selected to his first career All-Star game as the lone B’s representative. Pastrnak had five points in his five previous games before the injury.

The Havirov, Czech Republic native was drafted in the first round (25th overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft. Pastrnak made his NHL debut on November 24th, 2014 and scored his first career goal on January 10th, 2015, scoring twice in Philadelphia against the Flyers. This injury comes at a interesting time for the Bruins as they have recently found some offense with the recent line changes. However, losing a player of Pastrnak’s caliber is a big blow and with this team struggling to score all season long, an injury like this is never good.

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The good news for the B’s is that this injury isn’t too serious and Pastrnak should be back relatively soon. Also, this opens up the door for some players to get more opportunities to play higher in the lineup. Look for Jake DeBrusk and David Backes to get opportunities to play on the second line in Pastrnak’s absence.

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Game Preview: Boston Bruins vs Colorado Avalanche

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By: Liz Rizzo | Follow me on Twitter @pastagrl88

After a memorable day at the TD Garden yesterday, the Bruins are back at it again for an early Sunday afternoon game against Colorado. It will be their second match-up against a Western Conference team in a nine-game stretch. The B’s will be looking to add another win in back to back games.  As the regular season draws to a close, every win is becoming more crucial and the Bruins will need to capitalize as much as possible.

COLORADO SLUMP

The Colorado Avalanche (22-22-10) are in a six-game losing streak and are 0-4-2 in their last six games. They are coming off a 4-3 overtime loss against the New York Islanders in a two-game season series. The Avs are now 13-8-4 against Eastern Conference teams and have a 7-5-3 road record. Forward Carl Soderberg reached a career-high in notching multiple-points in a game with a goal and two assists (eight times this season).

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Defenseman  Ian Cole missed the Islanders game after suffering an upper-body injury during a recent matchup against the Washington Capitals on Thursday. He is expected to be out for today’s game. Both Colorado and Boston boast a top-heavy line with the Avs beating the Bruins 6-3 on November 14th, 2018.  Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon has tallied up 18 points (seven goals, 11 assists) in his last 18 games.

Mikko Rantanen leads the team in points (75) and assists (51). Gabriel Landeskog leads the team in goals with 29. Landeskog (397) and Mikko Rantanen (197) are three points away from reaching a milestone of garnering 400 and 200 career points.  Expect goaltender Philipp Grubauer in between the net for Colorado. He currently has a 3.47 goals against average with a .890 save percantage.

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AVALANCHE PROJECTED LINEUPS

Gabriel Landeskog — Nathan MacKinnon — Mikko Rantanen

Matt Nieto — Carl Soderberg — Matt Calvert

Alexander Kerfoot — J.T. Compher — Colin Wilson

A.J. Greer — Sheldon Dries — Sven Andrighetto

Erik Johnson — Samuel Girard

Nikita Zadorov — Ryan Graves

Patrik Nemeth — Tyson Barrie

Philipp Grubauer

Semyon Varlamov

Scratched: Gabriel Bourque, Anton Lindholm

Injured: Vladislav Kamenev (shoulder), Mark Barberio (head), Ian Cole (upper body)

BOSTON ADDING POINTS

The Bruins (30-17-8) are looking to extend their seven-point game streak. In their past six matchups, the B’s are 3-0-3. Goaltender Jaroslav Halak is expected in net for Boston. The Slovak-native is now 13-9-0 with a .918 save percentage and a goals against average of 2.50. Right-winger David Pastrnak has four goals and seven assists in the last seven games. He still leads the team in points (66) and goals (31). Brad Marchand leads the team with 43 assists and with a short-handed goal in yesterday’s tilt, he is now tied with Rick Middleton and Derek Sanderson for the second most shorties in a season (24).

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In capping off a special day for number 37, Patrice Bergeron had two assists, and two goals-one of which would be the game-winning overtime goal, helping the Bruins win 5-4 over the Kings. Bergeron has 11 points in his last eight games. There were lineup changes yesterday that saw Danton Heinen being slotted up with Bergeron and Marchand, while Pastrnak shifted down to the second line. After squandering the lead in the last few games, the Bruins will need to continue to battle for pucks and get points as they hold on for a Playoff spot.

BOSTON PROJECTED LINES:

Brad Marchand — Patrice Bergeron — Danton Heinen

Peter Cehlarik — David Krejci — David Pastrnak

Jake DeBrusk — Sean Kuraly — Chris Wagner

Joakim Nordstrom — Noel Acciari — David Backes

Zdeno Chara — Charlie McAvoy

Torey Krug — Kevan Miller

John Moore — Brandon Carlo

Jaroslav Halak

Tuukka Rask

Scratched: Trent Frederic, Steven Kampfer

Injured: Matt Grzelcyk (lower body)

 

WHEN TO WATCH: Today with puck drop at 3:00 PM at TD Garden

WHERE TO WATCH: NESN, ALT

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Bruins Post-Game Recap: New York Islanders at Boston: 2/5/19

NHL: New York Islanders at Boston BruinsPhoto Courtesy Of NESN.com

By: Garrett Haydon | Follow Me On Twitter @thesportsguy97

Pre-Game Notes

Arena: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts

Home: Boston Bruins (28-17-7)

Away: New York Islanders (30-15-6)

Boston’s Lineup

Forwards

Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak

Cehlarik-Krejci-DeBrusk

Kuraly-Acciari-Wagner

Nordstrom-Frederic-Backes

Defense

Chara-Carlo

Krug-Miller

Grzelcyk-McAvoy

Goalies

Rask

Halak

New York’s Lineup

Forwards

Lee-Nelson-Eberle

Beauvillier-Barzal-Bailey

Dal Colle-Filppula-Komarov

Martin-Cizikas-Clutterbuck

Defense

Leddy-Boychuk

Pelech-Pulock

Toews-Mayfield

Goalies

Lerner

Greiss

First Period

The game began after a ceremony to honor the New England Patriots as they celebrated their sixth championship with the Garden crowd. Just 18 seconds into the game, David Backes sent the puck over the glass for a delay of game penalty which resulted in an Islanders power play. The Bruins killed the penalty despite a few scoring chances by the Islanders. The B’s struggled early as they tried to get their legs moving after a slow start.

A great shift by the first line gave the Bruins some offensive momentum in the middle stages of the period as they looked to find their footing. Brock Nelson took a hooking penalty behind the Boston net, resulting in the Bruins first power play of the night. The Islanders killed off the man advantage but immediately went back on the penalty kill as Ryan Pulock took a slashing penalty. The Islanders killed off the penalty as the Bruins failed to get any significant scoring chances.

The B’s would get yet another power play as Scott Mayfield dangerously cross checked Sean Kuraly into the end boards. The Islanders killed off the man advantage yet again as the Bruins failed to get any shots on goal.

Score: Tied 0-0

Second Period

The Bruins took the lead early in the second period as Patrice Bergeron (playing in his 1,000th game) buried a loose puck in front of the goal.

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The Bruins seemed to be more involved in the opening moments of the middle period as they got some decent scoring chances on Robin Lehner. The Islanders began to get an offensive rhythm in the second period as the Bruins became a little sloppy in their own zone. The Islanders got their second power play of the game as Brandon Carlo went off for tripping. The Bruins killed off the penalty as the Islanders got a couple scoring chances but Tuukka Rask stood tall.

Another huge save by Rask after a bad turnover kept the game scoreless as Number 40 absolutely robbed Matt Martin. The Islanders would pick up another power play as Chris Wagner took a slashing call. Jordan Eberle made the Bruins pay with a man advantage strike that somehow snuck through Rask.

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The first line responded with another strong shift and it nearly resulted in Bergeron’s second goal of the night but Lehner was up to the challenge.

Score: Tied 1-1

Third Period

The Bruins were scattered defensively in their own end in the first minutes of the final period as the Islanders pushes very hard for the go ahead goal. Another great answering shift by the top line gave the B’s the momentum they desperately needed after a slow start to the period. Cal Clutterbuck appeared to give the Islanders the lead but the goal was called back due to the play being offside.

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The Bruins would regain the lead as Peter Cehlarik scored off of a Kevan Miller rebound with just over 13 minutes to play.

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Rask and the Bruins defense had a great sequence complete with a bunch of quality stops by the goaltender and by Joakim Nordstrom who blocked two shots. Both teams got physical towards the conclusion of the game as they looked to impose their wills. With just over eight minutes to go, Matt Grzelcyk went to the box for tripping and slashing which resulted in a four minute power play for the Islanders. The Bruins killed both penalties to Grzelcyk as Rask and the B’s defense came up huge.

The Islanders pulled Lehner with about 1:15 to play and Bergeron iced it with 55 seconds to go as he got a great assist from Pastrnak who gave up the empty net for his teammate.

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Final Score: 3-1 Bruins

Three Stars Of The Game

First Star: No doubt about this one. Number 37 had a signature performance in his 1,000th game, scoring a pair of goals.

Second Star: Rask. The Bruin goalie had a strong night with 28 saves to preserve the victory and was especially outstanding in the final period.

Third Star: Cehlarik. He wasn’t spectacular but his goal in the third proved to be the game winner for the Bruins second straight victory.

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Bruins Game 53 Preview: New York Islanders

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PHOTO CREDITS: (NHL.com)

By: Max Mainville | Check me out on Twitter @tkdmaxbjj 

The Boston Bruins enter tonight’s game against the New York Islanders coming off of a big win over the Washington Capitals on Super Bowl Sunday where Tuukka Rask won his 253rd NHL game, surpassing Tiny Thompson for most wins by a goaltender in Boston Bruins franchise history. The Bruins are currently in the first wild-card position with 63 points (28-17-7), behind Montreal (64 points, 29-18-6) for the final Division playoff spot.

The New York Islanders lost their captain, John Tavares to the Toronto Maple Leafs in the offseason, but they somehow are atop the Metropolitan Division with 66 points on the season, behind only Toronto and Tampa Bay. The Isles are 1-0-1 to start the month of February, losing 1-0 to Tampa Bay in the shootout and then beating the Kings 4-2 the next day. The Islanders will be looking to extend their point streak to nine games and they have the best record in the NHL since December 15th (16-3-2).

Starting Goaltenders:

BOS: Tuukka Rask 15-8-4 2.35 GAA .922 SV% Last Game: 24 Saves in 1-0 Win vs WSH

NYI: Robin Lehner (Not Confirmed) 16-7-4 2.02 GAA .932 SV% Last Game: 34 Saves in 4-2 Win vs LAK

Who’s Hot

Tuukka Rask has been lights out for the Bruins and it has arguably made the team around him look better. Rask has recently passed Tiny Thompson as mentioned already for most wins by a goalie in the entire history of the Bruins franchise. As of late, Tuukka has earned a point for the Bruins in each of his last nine full starts, (not including the loss against the Rangers. Rask has not lost a regulation game since December 23rd against Carolina.

With the absence of Tavares, it has become Mathew Barzal’s team. The 2019 All-Star leads the Islanders in points with forty-six, including fifteen goals and thirty-one assists. The 16th Overall Pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, Barzal has accumulated 37-94-131 numbers in 135 career NHL games. The 21-year-old has two goals in his last three games for New York.

David Pastrnak has not slowed down after that amazing All-Star Accuracy Showcase, in fact, he has built up even more momentum. The 22-year old winger has points in each of his last four games, scoring 3-4-7 totals in that span. Pastrnak made a beautiful pass to Torey Krug who found David Krejci for the lone goal in Sunday’s win over the Capitals, extending his season totals to 30-32-62 in only 52 games.

Whether it is Robin Lehner or Thomas Greiss, the Islanders have not had a lack of help in between the pipes. Lehner is 12-1-1 in his last fourteen starts, including a 34-save performance in the win over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday. Lehner leads the NHL in goals-against-average (2.02) and save percentage (.932 SV%). Greiss stopped all 41 shots in regulation and overtime before losing in a shootout to the Lightning. With both goalies having over fourteen wins in 2018-19, it marks only the second time that both two goalies have 14 or more wins on the Islanders throughout the past 15 years.

Who’s Not

Jordan Eberle was brought onto the Islanders in 2017 following a trade with the Edmonton Oilers. While it seems that the Oilers lost out on that deal, (they got Ryan Strome, who they traded for Ryan Spooner, who was placed on waivers), Eberle has not found great success in New York. The 28-year-old has 11-12-23 numbers in forty-seven games and has not scored a single point in five consecutive games.

David Backes has continued to struggle with Boston this year as well. The 2003 draftee has zero points in his last four contests and only one point in his last seven. Backes has 5-8-13 numbers in 43 games this year and with the lack of depth scoring right now for the Bruins, he is not helping the cause by any stretch of the imagination.

Anthony Beauvillier is one of the better young players on the Islanders and was hyped up by quite a lot of hockey fans. However, this season he has not been meeting those expectations. Beauvillier has 12-7-19 totals in 50 games and is a -2 rating within that time. The 2015 1st Rounder has one point in the last five Islander games.

Milestone Watch

Boston Bruins:

  • F Patrice Bergeron is playing in his 1000th career NHL game – all for the Boston Bruins. Only four other Bruins have hit this milestone (Ray Bourque, John Bucyk, Don Sweeney, and Wayne Cashman).
  • D Zdeno Chara is two goals away from 200 career NHL goals
  • F Brad Marchand is one short-handed goal away (23) from tying Derek Sanderson (24) for second-most SHG in Bruins history
  • F Brad Marchand is one game-winning goal away from taking sole possession of 7th most GWG in Bruins history
  • F Patrice Bergeron is one game-winning goal away from taking sole possession of 3rd most GWG in Bruins history
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PHOTO CREDITS: (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

New York Islanders:

  • G Thomas Greiss is one win away (76) from tying Roland Melanson (77) for 6th most wins in Islanders history.
  • G Thomas Greiss is one shutout away (8) from tying Evgeni Nabokov (9) for 6th most shutouts in Islanders history.

Bruins vs Islanders Outlook

Boston and the Islanders have already played once this season, with the Bruins taking a 2-1 shootout win back on November 29th. Boston has won the last five games against the Islanders with their last loss to one of two New York teams coming back on January 16th, 2017.

The Bruins are rolling after finally beating the Washington Capitals after many years without a victory over the defending Stanley Cup Champions. With that in mind, Boston has still struggled to produce much offence without the assistance of the first line and the depth scoring remains in a cold spell. If there is one spot where Boston needs improvement, it is scoring from the second, third, and fourth lines.

In addition to the lack of Boston scoring, the Islanders have been great defensively. They have allowed two goals or less in eight of their last nine outings. Prior to tonight’s game, the Islanders lead the National Hockey League in least amount of goals allowed, allowing only 125 goals, including shootout goals.

On the specialty teams, the Bruins have the third best power-play (27.3%) and 16th best penalty-kill (79.6%). On the other side of the ice, the Isles have the 26th best power-play (16%) and 20th best penalty-kill percentage (79.3%). Below are the lineup changes from Head Coach Bruce Cassidy.

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