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Preview: Bruins vs Sharks 2/19/17

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Welcome back Bruins hockey! The bye week is over and the Black and Gold start out on a West Coast swing.

Boston Bruins v San Jose Sharks Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

Just the facts

When: 8:30 PM

Where: TD Garden - Boston, MA

How to follow: NBCSN, 98.5 The Sports Hub, KFOX

Rival SBN site: Fear the Fin

Team leaders

Scoring: Brent Burns (27G-36A-63P)

Goaltending: Martin Jones (28-15-5, 2.35GAA, .913SV)

Game notes

  • The long awaited return of the Boston Bruins is here, going 3-0 in the beginnings of the Bruce Cassidy era before a full week off.
  • Peter Cehlarik was recalled for the trip, practicing on the second line yesterday and David Krejci and David Pastrnak.
  • San Jose had a big 4-1 win last night in Arizona to keep on pace with the top slot in the Pacific division. Edmonton and Anaheim are not too far behind, but no one has a game in hand on anyone else.
  • Brent Burns continues to be an absolute monster for the Sharks, registering six points in San Jose’s last three games.
  • These two teams faced off in Beantown earlier in February, Cassidy’s Bruins debut, and a 6-3 Bruins victory.
  • Expect Tuukka Rask, hopefully feeling a lot better with so many days off. He’s been a workhorse all season so if the bye benefited anyone the most, it stands to be him.
  • The Bruins are riding said three game win streak under Cassidy, tied for the longest this season regardless of who has been behind the bench.
  • Matt Beleskey didn’t practice with the team yesterday in San Jose, signaling his probable absence from the lineup tonight.
  • While the Florida Panthers were able to keep pace and grab the third Atlantic division slot from the B’s as of last night, the games in hand didn’t work out as well for the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Bruins now sit in the second wildcard slot with the same amount of points as Florida, just one more game played. A win tonight puts them back in the three Atlantic playoff seeds.

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