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PREVIEW: San Jose Sharks at Boston Bruins

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New faces in new places make the first game out of the trade deadline a little awkward.

NHL: San Jose Sharks at Boston Bruins
Oct 26, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; San Jose Sharks right wing Timo Meier (28) battles Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand (63) for position during the third period of the Boston Bruins 2-1 win over the San Jose Sharks at TD Garden. Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports
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PREVIEW

Just the Facts

Who: The Boston Bruins (36-17-9, 81 pts, 2nd in Atlantic) host the San Jose Sharks (37-18-8, 82 pts, 2nd in Pacific)

What: The Bruins roll right out of a long West Coast road trip where they semi-casually went 4-0-1, having beat San Jose in OT on that trip.

When: 7:00 PM ET

Where: TD Garden, Boston, MA

How to watch: SNE, SNO, SNP, SNQ, SNR, SNES, NBCSCA, NESN

Rival SBN site: Fear the Fin

Know Your Enemy

Team Leaders

Goals: Joe Pavelski, 35

Assists: Brent Burns, 57

Points: Burns, 70

So many assists, the state of California gave Brent Burns an apple orchard. True story.

Game Notes

  • The excitement of the trade deadline is over. We can all take a deep breath and relax. Go ahead. Feel better? Good. The Bruins didn’t throw anything away in the moment and sold high on a talented prospect from deeper in their pool. Time will tell if Ryan Donato is a major or minor loss, or if Charlie Coyle fits as an addition, but it won’t tell today.
  • Speaking of Coyle, and everyone’s newest teammate Marcus Johansson, the clock on their time in Boston is already ticking loudly. Coyle is protected a bit by having a contract beyond this season, but if he’s a good hometown boy, he’ll (hopefully, ahemDON) need to find his place in the Boston lineup in order to get renewed here.
  • San Jose has added their own new weapon in former Detroit Red Wings sniper Gustav Nyquist, a potent playmaker and good shooter who has comparable whole-number stats to Johansson (at least, until Johansson missed significant time). Nyquist would have been an interesting addition to the Krejci line, but it looks like Marcus will have to audition for the role instead. (I digress for a moment, but Johansson is a gamble - Nyquist is having a career year, almost past 50 points already, and fetched a 2nd rounder this year and a 3rd the following year that could turn into a 2nd. Boston got Johansson for their 2nd this year and only a slightly lower second pick (4th round) in 2020. Kinda makes ya wonder...)
  • Let’s just skip the fancystats today. New players in new systems tends to make everybody a little tentative. LET’S JUST GET BACK TO HOCKEY.

NEVER FORGET

Juuuust in case you didn’t stay awake for the West Coast games, like this old man: