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Bruins vs Blues Preview: Shootout City

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Just the Facts:

Game Time: 7:00 PM, TD Garden.

TV Broadcast: NESN, FSMW

Radio Broadcast: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Rival SB Nation Site: St. Louis Game Time

Season Record: Bruins: 11-8-0, 3rd in Atlantic Division | Blues 12-4-1, 1st in Central Division

Blues Lines:

Alexander Steen - Paul Stastny - Joakim Lindstrom

Patrik Berglund - David Backes - T.J. Oshie

Jaden Schwartz - Jori Lehtera - Vladimir Tarasenko

Steve Ott - Maxim Lapierre - Ryan Reaves

Defensive Pairings:

Jay Bouwmeester - Alex Pietrangelo

Carl Gunnarsson - Kevin Shattenkirk

Ian Cole - Barret Jackman

Goalies: Brian Elliott, Jake Allen

Bruins Lines: (Monday's practice)

Milan Lucic - David Krejci - Seth Griffith

Matt Fraser - Patrice Bergeron - Reilly Smith

Chris Kelly - Carl Soderberg - Loui Eriksson

Daniel Paille - Gregory Campbell - Simon Gagne

Defensive Pairings:

Dennis Seidenberg - Adam McQuaid

Joe Morrow - Dougie Hamilton

Torey Krug - Matt Bartkowski

Goalies: Tuukka Rask, Niklas Svedberg

IR: Zdeno CharaDavid Warsofsky, David Krejci, Not Brad Marchand, "per se"

Game Notes:

  • Saturday's 2-1 win against the Hurricanes was, as Claude Julien said, a chance to "build ourselves back up." Blowouts and miracles aren't really necessary right now with invaluable players out, but leadership and effort from veteran players still on the ice is. Although the Hurricanes outshot the Bruins in the first and third periods, Tuukka Rask stopped 33 of 34 shots. Yes, in a parallel universe not so far away the Bruins would have destroyed the Hurricanes. But I'll take a start at a comeback for now.
  • Kevan Miller has been cleared to play and participated in practice Monday. Brad Marchand is the latest vaguely injured player, "not injured, per se" according to Julien, yet only "probable" to play tonight. Both will be game-time decisions, or whenever Julien feels like deciding. David Krejci practiced with the team Monday but he has not been cleared to play.
  • This is an in-depth, fancy statty read about the current state of the Blues. Basically, they have been playing outstanding defense, allowing only 20 goals against at even strength throughout their 17 games. Their problem (if we're nitpicking. Yes. Let's nitpick.) is offense, with strongest players Schwartz, Tarasenko, and Lehtera concentrated on one line. The Blues have racked up 30 goals in 17 games while the Bruins have scored 35 in 19.
  • Our favorite Blues fan Sarah Sr. asks us to not blame her when this matchup goes to a shootout for the "234623948756342th time…or you know, do." I blame you already, Sarah.

NEVER FORGET:

Pick a shootout, any shootout. You can totally forget the outcome of this shootout but I like the Bergeron goal and the Rask save against Oshie.

Last Game in Fancy Stats:

Meh.