Game day, baby. Playoffs. The day Boston Bruins fans have been waiting for since June 2014.
For the opposing Ottawa Senators:
Mike Hoffman - Jean-Gabriel Pageau - Mark Stone
Clarke MacArthur - Kyle Turris - Bobby Ryan
Alexandre Burrows - Derick Brassard - Viktor Stalberg
Tom Pyatt - Zack Smith - Tommy Wingels
Questions remain about the health of Stone, Turris, Ryan and Smith; supposedly none are 100%, but we shouldn’t expect anything less than maximum effort from these lines. Ryan Dzingel rotated with the fourth line; opponent blog Silver Seven Sens speculated that he may take Wingels’ spot.
Marc Methot - Erik Karlsson
Dion Phaneuf - Cody Ceci
Mark Borowiecki - Chris Wideman
Again, injuries to Karlsson, Methot, and Ceci may limit their effectiveness, but let’s not fall into that trap. Methot had to leave practice sessions earlier this week and may not be ready to go for Game 1, what with serious nerve damage in his severed finger; we could see Fredrik Claesson or Ben Harpur draw in on a lower pairing.
Mike Condon (bench)
And now... YOUURRRR BOSTONNNNNN BRUUUUU-IIINNNNNS!!!!!
Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - David Backes
Drew Stafford - David Krejci - David Pastrnak
Frank Vatrano - Ryan Spooner - Matt Beleskey
Tim Schaller - Dominic Moore - Riley Nash
The Elite Rat returns from suspension; Krejci and Moore return to their rightful spots after taking maintenance days. Noel Acciari sits with an injury, but we may yet see him in this series. Jimmy Hayes is also recovering.
Zdeno Chara - Charlie McAvoy
John-Michael Liles - Adam McQuaid
Kevan Miller - Colin Miller
With the injuries to Brandon Carlo and Torey Krug, we’ll see the NHL debut of McAvoy, though with the changes in D pairings this morning it’s unclear if he’ll skate with Killer or Chara as he lined up with both. It’s more likely that the pairs from the end of practice (above) stick. Other pairings were Chara-McQuaid (shutdown option), Killer-McAvoy (OK, I guess) and Liles-Chiller (benched late in game?).
Zane McIntyre (bench)
Enjoy the game!