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Bruins vs. Sharks preview: Joe Thornton is a hockey treasure

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The Bruins are back in action with two games against California teams.

San Jose Sharks v Boston Bruins Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Just the facts

When: Tonight, 7 PM

Where: TD Garden

How to follow: NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub

Rival SBN site: Fear the Fin

How are the Sharks doing?

4-4-0 on the season, with three wins in their last four games. Logan Couture has had a great start to the season, with seven goals and three assists in eight games.

Game notes

  • It looks like Tuukka Rask should be back in net tonight, though we’ll know more during the morning skate. However, Zane McIntyre was sent back to Providence and Dan Vladar was sent back to the ECHL, which means, in all likelihood, Rask is ready, as there’s no back-up with the big club.
  • It will be interesting to see how the Bruins perform in this game, as they’ve had four days to stew over that horrendous game last Saturday. It’s obviously too early in the season to dwell on a single game, but it’d be nice to see the B’s put that game in the rearview mirror and come out strong against San Jose.
  • Martin Jones! Remember him? Shuld of nevar traeded, right? Jones is 4-2-0 with a GAA of 2.35 and a .926 save percentage on the season. He had a pretty good season last year too. He’s still not better than Rask, so save the HOT TAEKS.
  • It looks like Kevan Miller may be ready to play tonight. Paul Postma had a decent enough game on Saturday, but in all likelihood, he draws back out.
  • David Krejci is out, still dealing with back spasms.
  • What’s with this schedule? It’s gotta be hard for a team to build momentum with four consecutive days off in late October. This season hasn’t had much flow to it thus far, and this long layoff isn’t likely to help.
  • Joe Thornton rules. He originally tied Jari Kurri on the all-time scoring list the other night, but had an assist taken away after the game. There’s a decent chance that he passes guys like Bryan Trottier, Adam Oates and Teemu Selanne before his career is done. Slam-dunk Hall of Fame inductee. It’s interesting to wonder “what could have been?” when it comes to his time with the Bruins. Would he have been as good as he’s been? Would the Bruins have been as good? In all likelihood, no. Losing Thornton let the Bruins go out and get Zdeno Chara and Marc Savard, ushering in the modern Bruins era. Thornton might have been able to get them there, but we’ll never know.
  • Matt Beleskey and Frank Vatrano continue to struggle. It seems like one of those two is likely to drop out off Krejci comes back, though Kenny Agostino could get bumped too. Vatrano’s disappearing act is pretty surprising, while Beleskey’s is less surprising than it is disappointing. He’s actually playing hard, taking the body, etc. However, he’s making too much money to be a fourth-line grinder. Hopefully, for his sake and for the team’s, he gets a goal (even a cheap one) soon to get himself going.

Never forget

The storied Bruins-Sharks rivalry!