Bruins vs. Stars Preview: Welcome Home, Rich Peverley

Richard Wolowicz

Just the Facts:

Game Time: 7:00 PM, TD Garden. TV Broadcast: NESN. Radio Broadcast: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Rival SB Nation Site: Defending Big D

Records: Bruins 8-5-0 vs. Stars 6-6-2

Stars Lines:

Jamie Benn - Tyler Seguin - Valeri Nichushkin
Ray Whitney - Cody Eakin - Alex Chiasson
Antoine Roussel - Vernon Fiddler - Rich Peverley
Ryan Garbutt - Shawn Horcoff - Erik Cole
Stephane Robidas - Brendan Dillon
Jordie Benn - Alex Goligoski
Trevor Daley - Sergei Gonchar
Kari Lehtonen
lol Dan Ellis

Bruins Lines:

Milan Lucic - David Krejci - Jarome Iginla
Reilly Smith - Patrice Bergeron - Brad Marchand
Chris Kelly - Ryan Spooner - Carl Soderberg
Daniel Paille - Gregory Campbell - Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara - Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg - Dougie Hamilton
Adam McQuaid - Torey Krug
Tuukka Rask
Chad Johnson

Preview:

Just going to come out and say it: Today, this whole Tyler Seguin thing SUCKS.

Every other day it sucks because of the trade, which will be hashed and rehashed and rehashed until probably the end of time. The Boston media will never stop talking about it, whether it's defending Chiarelli's decisions, running Seguin out of town on a rail, or even - in rare cases - defending Seguin himself.

No, today the Tyler Seguin thing is terrible because it's all we'll hear about, when in fact the history of Bruins-Stars is incredibly fun and deserves its own lead-up, its own attention.

There are a bunch of players on the Stars that have connections to Boston, after all: not only Seguin and Peverley, but also Alex Chiasson, a Boston University guy who came in and excelled the year after they won the Championship; there's Antoine Roussel, also, who played for Providence, an undrafted kid who bounced around the minors for two and a half years after four years in the Q until Dallas gave him a shot and he ran with it as fast as he could. Roussel's even got a Providence teammate from the 2010-2011 season with him on the Stars - one Lane MacDermid, once touted as the next Shawn Thornton with some PK skills.

Beyond the players, how about looking at the history of these two teams playing over the last few years? That 2008 line brawl game (which, are we frowning on line brawls now? Is that the cool thing to do?) spurred the Bruins to an epic run of 23 wins in 26 games. The last time these teams let, three fights in four seconds happened off the opening faceoff. That Stars team has lost a lot of the vile players like Sean Avery, Steve Ott, and Krys Barch - and their top three scorers from the time are now all on different teams. One, Loui Eriksson, is even a Bruin.

Oh how times change.

The Bruins may ice Eriksson tonight, but it hasn't been confirmed as of this time.

NEVER FORGET:

f u, Stars

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