Bruins face tough test against Canucks

If the Bruins want to prove that they are a legitimate contender this year, they need to prove that they can hang with the teams out West. Tonight's game against the Vancouver Canucks should be a big test for the B's, who enter the game on a a 3-game win streak after road wins over the New York Islanders, Ottawa Senators, and Calgary Flames. Vancouver is current the top team in the NHL and is running away with the Northwest Division. Their 87 points is 15 points better than the Minnesota Wild, who sit in second place in the division with 72 points.

Canucks Leading Goal Scorers


G A P +/- PIM
Ryan Kesler 33 24 57 23 48


G A P +/- PIM
Daniel Sedin 32 47 79 24 24

Canucks Goaltending


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
Roberto Luongo 46 2746 28 11 104 2.27 1370 1266 .924 3


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
Cory Schneider 18 1004 11 3 38 2.27 501 463 .924 0

Injury Report


Boston Bruins Injuries

Probable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Brad Marchand foot 02/26/2011

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Marc Savard concussion 01/23/2011


Vancouver Canucks Injuries

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Alexander Edler back 01/25/2011
Andrew Alberts wrist 02/15/2011
Lee Sweatt foot 02/03/2011

Defenseman Kevin Bieksa is also out with a fractured foot.

Notes:

- As you can see, the Canucks are a bit banged up on the blueline.

- The Bruins made a pair of moves today. They signed Shane Hnidy to a one-year deal today. Hnidy is still rehabbing from a shoulder injury and has not played this season. The B's also signed Providence Bruins forward Kirk MacDonald to a two-way contract. MacDonald will remain in Providence, but is now available for call-uos.

- Brad Marchand left practice yesterday after taking a shot off of his right foot, but is expected to play tonight.

- Tim Thomas is expected to get the start in goal tonight.

- Milan Lucic will likely have more than a few friends and a family in the stands in his hometown tonight.

- Mark Recchi has connections to British Columbia. The Kamloops, BC native is part of the ownership group of the Kamloops Blazers.

- Roberto Luongo and back-up Cory Scheinder (Marblehead, MA; Boston College) have identical an identical GAA (2.27) and save percentage (.924)...weird.

- Tonight's game starts at 10:00 PM ET.

- The Public Skate open thread gets started at 9:30 PM ET.

- For more on the Canucks and tonight's game, check out Nucks Misconduct

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