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PREVIEW: Blues at Bruins, 7PM

A renewed effort must show up tonight, lest the Bruins risk waiting for Marchand and McAvoy to right the ship.

NHL: St. Louis Blues at Boston Bruins
Krug and Schaller made the effort on Tuesday, with not much to show for it.
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Just the Facts:

Time: 7:00pm EST

Place: TD Garden, Boston, MA

Place to Watch: NESN, TVAS, SNE, SNO, FS-MW

Place to Listen: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Opposing SBNation Blog: St. Louis Game Time

Standings

Boston - 29-11-8, 66pts, 2nd in Atlantic
St. Louis - 31-18-3, 65pts, 3rd in Central

The Opposing Team

Offensive Leaders

Brayden Schenn, 21G-29A-50Pts

Vladimir Tarasenko, 21G-25A-46Pts

Goaltending

Backup Carter Hutton’s stats stand out, at 1.70GAA/.945Sv%... but he’s sitting at 18-13-4, a middling record. Starter Jake Allen has a bit more earthly stats at 2.70/.909, and holds a 34-18-14 record. Not too shabby.

Game Notes:

  • The loss on Tuesday was necessary. No way that a streak like that should continue for a Boston team that was missing 1LW Brad Marchand and (arguably) 1D Charlie McAvoy, and couldn’t muster more than five shots in a period.
  • Injuries to David Backes and Anders Bjork further blurs the Bruins’ offensive options. Peter Cehlarik was called up, and expect Frank Vatrano to suit up again as well.
  • Adam McQuaid looked a bit tentative in the game, and had his minutes cut as a result of his stumbles, playing just under 14 minutes - a low for his last five games.
  • St. Louis is on a three-game winning streak - though, with some salt, they beat the Ottawa Senators, Colorado Avalanche, and Montreal Canadiens. They lost 5-2 to the Arizona Coyotes on the Saturday before the All-Star weekend, so there’s a bit of parity to observe there.
  • This game is part of the Blues’ annual Fathers’ Trip. While you hate to root against father-son bonding... eat crow, Dads. We cheer for the Bruins around here.

NEVER FORGET:

Because why the hell not. a 1991 brawl for your viewing pleasure. GO BRU-FISTS.