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Preview: It’s a battle of the undefeated as the Bruins face the Avalanche


NHL: Minnesota Wild at Colorado Avalanche Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Just the facts

When: Tonight, 9 PM

Where: Pepsi Center - Denver, CO

How to follow: NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub

Rival SBN site: Mile High Hockey

Know your enemy

  • Mikko Rantanen: 3G, 1A, 4PTS; Nathan MacKinnon: 3A, 3PTS; Joonas Donskoi: 2G, 2PTS
  • Philipp Grubauer: 2-0-0, .918 sv%, 2.50 GAA

Game notes

  • Both the Bruins and the Avalanche come into tonight’s game with no blemishes on their records. The B’s are 3-0-0, beating Dallas, Arizona, and Las Vegas. The Avs are 2-0-0, beating Calgary and Minnesota.
  • Say, look who’s on the Avs now! Ol’ buddy Nazem Kadri, who was getting tossed and suspended last time we saw him. He has no points on 4 shots so far this season.
  • The Avs have some serious offensive firepower, with names like MacKinnon, Rantanen, and Gabriel Landeskog. If they have question marks, they’d be on the back end and in net.
  • Cale Makar, he of THE FLAGSHIP, UMass Amherst, has 2 assists so far this season. The 20-year-old made an impact on the Avs in the playoffs last season after his college career ended, and the Avs are looking to him to have a big rookie year.
  • I’d imagine Jaroslav Halak gets the start tonight. Bruce Cassidy will likely continue to try to rotate goalies for a bit, and with Rask cramping after Tuesday’s game, it’s probably worth it to give him another night off.
  • The Bruins’ first line came alive last night, and that will undoubtedly be something they look to continue in tonight’s game. However, while the offense hasn’t been there yet, the B’s have been getting far better play from the rest of their lines than they did at the end of last season.

See ya tonight!