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Preview: If the Bruins win this one, they retroactively become Stanley Cup champions

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Awwwwwwww yeah!

NHL: OCT 22 Maple Leafs at Bruins Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Just the facts

When: Tonight, 7 PM

Where: TD Garden - Boston, MA

How to follow: NESN, NBCSN, 98.5 The Sports Hub

Rival SBN site: St. Louis Game Time

Know your enemy

  • 5-2-3, 3rd in the Central Division
  • Brayden Schenn: 8G, 3A, 11PTS; Vladimir Tarasenko: 3G, 7A, 10PTS; Jaden Schwartz: 1G, 8A, 9PTS; David Perron: 5G, 3A, 8PTS
  • Jordan Binnington: 4-1-0, 2.58 GAA, .916 save percentage

Game notes

  • Here it is, folks! The moment you’ve all been waiting for! A Stanley Cup Final rematch! Nah, not really. Seems too early to have this game, but here we are.
  • If you are one of the people who is Still Not Over It, I suggest you try your best to accept it and move in. There was one Twitter account who, almost without fail, responded to nearly every Bruins Tweet this summer with some variation of “I’m not over it!” I bet he didn’t have a great summer.
  • I feel dumb even saying this because it’s not how the NHL is anymore, but I can’t help but wonder if there will be some shenanigans tonight. Remember the first Bruins-Canucks game after the 2011 Final? It was a gongshow. The Blues got away with a lot in the Final (though I’m sure Blues fans think the Bruins got away with a lot too), but it’s hard to retaliate when you’re in the middle of the Cup Final. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a scrum or two, but the days of “take a number” are over.
  • This take will age poorly, but I remain convinced that Jordan Binnington will turn into a pumpkin sooner rather than later. I might just be bitter though.
  • Vladimir Tarasenko will not play for the Blues tonight. The team didn’t divulge a ton of info, but he’s clearly nursing some kind of injury.
  • The Blues won their last time out, beating the Los Angeles Kings by a score of 5-2. Binnington played in that game, so it’ll be interesting to see if Jake Allen gets the start tonight.
  • With David Krejci still out, the Bruins toyed with some new lines in practice on Friday. The one that caught a lot of eyes: Anders Bjork, Charlie Coyle, and Danton Heinen. I like it.
  • Per my probably wrong Hockey Reference searching, David Pastrnak is off to one of the best goal-scoring starts in franchise history. He’s off to by far the best start in recent franchise history, with only Cam Neely’s 1993-1994 season (11 goals in his first 10 games) coming close. If he can keep this up, 50 isn’t out of the question.

See ya tonight!