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PREVIEW: Los Angeles Kings at Boston Bruins - 10/28/2017

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The West’s Best comes to Boston. No, not Las Vegas.

NHL: Bruins’ goalies reflect on a win.
The Changing of the Guard.
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Tuukka Rask is back! First goalie on the ice this morning, he seems to be recovered from a concussion. Let’s hope so! Also, Danton Heinen is great.

Just The Facts:

What: The Boston Bruins (4-3-1, 9pts, 4th in ATL) host the Los Angeles Kings (8-1-1, 17pts, 1st in PAC) on their East Coast road trip.

When: 7:00 PM EST

Where: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts

Why do you care: The B’s need a win to keep themselves afloat in the playoff picture. Yes, it’s early - but, notice how Ottawa is second in the Atlantic Division with just five regulation wins? THAT COULD BE US, YOU GUYS.

Where to put your eyes: NESN, FS-W

Where to put your ears: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Game Notes:

  • Rask’s Recovery is Remarkable. (Couldn’t help myself, sorry.)
  • Heinen’s breakout game against San Jose bodes well for the kid. His net-front drive on his first career goal was textbook give-and-go. Great stuff.
  • Injuries are still an issue on special teams - no Adam McQuaid for the penalty kill, or Ryan Spooner for the power play, will make things difficult against a top-tier team.
  • Possession by the B’s has dropped over the last few weeks (CF% @ 50.29), so it would seem that their control of play is slipping. This is an area that is affected by coach Bruce Cassidy’s dump-and-chase, where possession isn’t exactly continuous, but it’s still concerning as it takes more time and effort to generate scoring chances.
  • Expect lots of minutes for the core. Wearing down Drew Doughty and Jonathan Quick should be a priority early for the energy lines, but as the game continues Butch should look to his thoroughbreds.

If the B’s want to earn a playoff spot, this game is a good litmus test for their determination to do so.