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Game 74 Preview: Ducks(46-22-7) at Bruins (36-25-12)

No Dougie? No Problem!

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Need To Know:

When and where to watch: 7:00 PM EDT (4:00 PDT)

Rival SBN Blog: Anaheim Calling

Season Series: The Bruins lost their only other game this year against the Ducks, 3 - 2 on the West coast trip without Chara that saw them only get two out of a possible eight points. Frederick Anderson made 32 saves in the win, and Tuukka Rask made 24 saves in the loss.

Get Pumped!

David Krejci could be back! As the Bruins currently sit outside of the playoffs for the first time since early January, getting a first line center back, and hopefully producing should give the Bruins a bit of a jolt after being winless in their past five games. Two points. The Bruins need this win, and with the Ducks comfortably in the playoffs and fighting for the Presidents trophy, they won't be a gimme. The Bruins will have to earn the points they get tonight, and hopefully prevent the Ducks from reaching 100 points (Its nothing personal, I promise. We can go to OT if you want, but the Bruins need to win) As has been the case the whole month, the Bruins have games both Saturday and Sunday, against the New York Rangers and then the Carolina Hurricanes. The Bruins have had enough time off, now it's time to put their money where their mouth is.


Anaheim Ducks

Forward Lines:

Left Wing Center Right WIng
Patrick Maroon Ryan Getzlaf Corey Perry
Matt Beleskey Ryan Kesler Kyle Palmieri
Jiri Sekac Rickard Rakell Tomas Fleischmann
Andrew Cogliano Nate Thompson Jakob Silfverberg
Defensive Pairings:

Left Defense Right Defense
Hampus Lindholm Francois Beauchemin
Simon Despres James Wisniewski
Clayton Stoner Sami Vatanen

John Gibson
Frederick Anderson

Boston Bruins:


Left Wing Center Right WIng
Brad Marchand Patrice Bergeron David Krejci/Dan Paille
Milan Lucic Ryan Spooner David Pastrnak
Max Talbot Chris Kelly Gregory Campbell/Brian Ferlin
Defensive Pairings:

Left Defense Right Defense
Zdeno Chara Adam McQuaid
Torey Krug Dennis Seidenberg
Matt Bartkowski Zach Trotman

Tuukka Rask
Niklas Svedberg

Of the remaining nine games, how many do you think Tuukka Rask plays in? Seven? Eight? All nine? Looking at the lineup, those forward lines don't look half bad! But the defensive pairings are just ugly. With Dougie out, this team is going to have some big issues defensively. Adam McQuaid is a nice third pairing player, but he isn't a first pairing defenseman on a playoff team.

Never Forget:

That time that the Bruins fourth line did something good!

Fancy Stats: