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Ferenceless in Edmonton: Coming Soon to a Theatre Near You

Just the Facts:

Game Time: 7:00 PM, TD Garden.

TV Broadcast: NESN, SN360, TVA2.

Radio Broadcast: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Rival SB Nation SiteThe Copper & Blue

Season Record: Bruins: 8-6-0, 3rd in Atlantic Division | Oilers 4-7-1, 7th in Pacific Division

Oilers Lines:

Benoit Pouliot - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Jordan Eberle

Teddy Purcell - Mark Arcobello - David Perron

Matt Hendricks - Boyd Gordon - Jesse Joensuu

Will Acton - Leon Draisaitl - Nail Yakupov

Defensive Pairings:

Nikita Nikitin - Justin Schultz

Oscar Klefbom - Mark Fayne

Martin Marincin - Jeff Petry

IR: Taylor Hall

Bruins Lines:

Milan Lucic - Chris Kelly - Seth Griffith

Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Reilly Smith

Matt Fraser - Carl Soderberg - Loui Eriksson

Daniel Paille - Gregory Campbell - Simon Gagne

Defensive Pairings:

Dennis Seidenberg - Dougie Hamilton

Joe Morrow - Adam McQuaid

David Warsofsky - Zach Trotman

IR: (to the tune of head, shoulders, knees, and toes) Miller, Chara, Krejci, Krug, Krejci, Krug

Kevan Miller, Zdeno Chara, David Krejci, Torey Krug

Game Notes:

  • Apparently the theme of this season is beating below-average teams in OT. "A win is a win" is unacceptable and downright untrue. It's hard to be excited about an overtime win against the Panthers, a team that has scored only 15 non-shootout goals all season. I was excited about the game-winner, a classic Marchand dangle. He has stepped up in replacement of David Krejci. Would a blowout against the Oilers really be too much to ask?
  • Former Bruins defenseman and certified Bro Andrew Ference will not be playing tonight, he's serving the second game of a three-game suspension for an illegal check to the head of Canucks forward Zack Kassian.
  • David Krejci, Torey Krug, and Kevan Miller skated before practice Wednesday. Claude Julien said Krejci is making "progress," but he is still unsure if Krejci will play tonight.

NEVER FORGET:

Last Game in Fancy Stats:

"There's room for improvement," said Claude Julien. A room? More like a mansion.