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Bruins vs. Wild 3/25/18 PREVIEW: St. Paul Showdown

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A pair of playoff teams collide in the hinterlands of Minnesota

NHL: Minnesota Wild at Boston Bruins Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Just the Facts:

The Time: 7:30pm EST

The Place: Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minnesota

Place to watch: NBCSN (Yeah, I know. I think it’s dumb too.)

Place to listen: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Opposing SBNation Blog: Hockey Wilderness

Players to Watch:

  • Eric Staal is having himself a year, leading the Wild in goals, points, and shooting-%. In general, a lot of Minnesota’s offense starts and ends with him.
  • Ryan Suter is racking up A’s like an honor student this year with a team high 49.
  • Jason Zucker is 3rd on the team in overall points and second in goals, but holds a slight x-factor, he also happens to lead them in game-winners. Eyes peeled.
  • Devan Dubnyk is having an alright season in net, featuring a .915 SV% and a solid backup in Alex Stalock who isn’t too far behind him.
  • Joel Eriksson Ek has a fun name to say. He’s not all that good, but it’s still a fun name.
  • On the Bruins side, the two you really wanna watch out for is Torey Krug, who was a game-time decision last game, and Patrice Bergeron, who has been medically cleared to play, and traveled to Minnesota with the team. Keep your eyes peeled for updates!

The Preview:

Hey! Are you tired of watching the Bruins play desperate Central Division teams that kind of need these two points to possibly solidify going to the playoffs?

Well, too bad, because we’re doing this dance again.

Boston just came off of yet another 3rd period comeback in beating the Stars, and are basically just trying to build their case to play anyone other than Toronto. Thankfully, the very beaten up B’s are finally getting back some of their biggest contributors in getting the puck up ice, like Patrice Bergeron (maybe) and Torey Krug (also, a maybe).

Meanwhile, the Minnesota Wild have 92 points, are 6-3-1 in their last 10, and are still in the playoff hunt due to the all out dogfight the Central Division happens to be, with a pretty reasonable chance that a team in the wildcard could overtake them if a really hot team (like the Blues) or a team that’s been steadily improving themselves over the season (like the Avs) string together a couple of wins over the week if they’re even a tiny bit sloppy. They got a pretty convincing win over the Central Division champs last night, but they desperately need to keep up that pace or risk being tied or overtaken.

The Wild tend to play pretty well against Boston, so this oughta be a real good’un, regardless of who is and isn’t in the lineup.

So get ready, and Go B’s!

NEVER 4GET:

Any team that willingly employed Matt Cooke deserves NOTHING GOOD TO HAPPEN TO THEM.

Also here’s a highlight reel from 1981.