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Bruins vs. Avalanche 10/9/17 PREVIEW: Holiday Matinee!

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NHL: Colorado Avalanche at Boston Bruins Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Just the facts:

The Time: 1pm

The Place: TD Garden

Place to Watch: NESN, Altitude (but why you’d ever watch altitude is beyond me)

Place to Listen: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Opposing SBNation Blog: Mile High Hockey

Who to Watch:

  • Tyson Barrie currently is one of the Avs early leading scorers, so that’s neat.
  • Jake DeBrusk! Had a great game against a stingy defense, and was all over the ice last game. Expect him and his line to do some more offensive magic.
  • Sven Andrighetto, formerly one of the better 4th liners in the NHL, has been catapulted to the Colorado first line. If you needed a sentence on how truly desperate they are as a team, that’s about it.
  • Uhhh....I hear Tyson Jost could be pretty good? Idk, the Avalanche are not good.

Game Preview:

This matinee comes with the Avalanche ending up 1-1 after two games, one was a scrappy win over the Rangers where they were dominated in terms of possession, and the other was a 4-1 beatdown at the hands of the Devils...where they had an edge in possession.

Needless to say, they’re pretty inconsistent.

The Bruins meanwhile, have a real fun win over the Nashville Predators in spite of being down Patrice Bergeron, David Backes, Torey Krug, and now the punishing 4th liner Noel Acciari. Thankfully, the Bruins carry somewhere to the tune of six or seven centers that can play wing, and Bergeron/Krug/Czarnik are all game-time decisions, so it’s pretty unlikely things will change all that much except a face that waited a weekend or so to get in the lineup might be able to!

How will they fare in Game 2? Tune in to find out!

NEVER 4GET:

...that no matter how shaky the rookies look, there was always a time Boston was worse, and that we’re never going back there again: