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Preview: Bruins host Coyotes 2/28

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Finally, some home games!

I wonder if Mike Smith will score a goal tonight?
I wonder if Mike Smith will score a goal tonight?
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Just the facts:

Who: the Arizona Coyotes (22-32-7, 51 points, 7th in Pacific, 13th in West)
visit the Boston Bruins (32-24-6, 70 points, 3rd in Atlantic, 7th in East)

What: The beginning of a Bruins homestand.

Where: TD Garden, Boston, MA

When: 7:00 PM

How to follow: FS-A Plus, NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub

Rival SBN Site: Five for Howling

Arizona Leaders:

Radim Vrbata, 15G - 31A - 46 Points

Vrbata also leads the team with 186 Shots

Boston Leaders:

Brad Marchand, 27G - 37A - 64 Points

Patrice Bergeron, 223 Shots

Game Notes

  • The Bruins are on a roll, going 3-1 on their West Coast swing and 6-1 since Bruce Cassidy took over.
  • Likewise, Brad Marchand is taking the team, and league, by storm this season - already passing his career high points total from last season with a quarter of a season left to play.
  • The Coyotes are entering full 'sell' mode, having traded Martin Hanzal to the Minnesota Wild this week; they'll likely be sorely missing his two-way play against the B's tonight. In a separate deal, the Wild sent forward Teemu Pulkkinen back to Arizona for future nothings considerations. It appears Minnesota waived Pulkkinen prior to the trade, saving Arizona the fee to do so. Our colleagues at Five for Howling have it well covered here.
  • The Bruins can't sleep on this team, even if they're near the bottom of the standings - with wins over the Kings, Ducks, Sharks and Penguins in the last month, the Coyotes will still be a tough out.
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