The Bruins(15-10-2)are set to face off tonight against The Colorado Avalanche (9-14-1). The Avalanche sit in last place in the Central division, while the Bruins are third in the Atlantic. This will be the team’s second and last meeting of the year. The Bruins shut out the Avalanche in the last meeting, winning 2-0. on.
The Bruins announced earlier this week Beleskey will be out for six weeks with a knee injury. Vatrano has been skating with the team, and should be returning to the lineup soon, as well as Acciari, who was assigned to Providence after being out with a lower-body injury.
Gabriel Landeskog will not be in the lineup tonight due to illness. Fedor Tyutin is set to return for Colorado. He has missed the last two games for the Avalanche with a lower-body injury.
Where to Watch
Start Time: 7 pm EST
Arena: TD Garden
Radio: 98.5 Sports Hub
Projected Line Up
Marchand- Bergeron- Pastrnak
Schaller- Krejci- Backes
Spooner- Nash- Czarnik
Blidh- Moore- Hayes
K.Miller – C.Miller
What To Watch For
David Pastrnak has been on fire this season. Scoring his 14th and 15th goals on the season in Monday night’s game against the Panthers, and his 16th on a breakaway opportunity in last night’s game against the Capitals. He is by far the best player on the ice for the Bruins thus far this season. He has proven over and over again he is an elite player, able to score in just about any situation.
The Avalanche have lost their past six outings, so they will be hungry for a win tonight. They are 10-2-1 at The Garden, with the Bruins losing the past 10 straight to them in this building.
The Bruins have struggled to finish games in regulation, going into OT four out of the last five games. Of the 15 Bruins wins, 10 of those came when scoring first. The Avalanche have let the first goal up 19 times this season, losing 12 of those matches. The key to this game will be scoring first, and playing consistently through three periods of action.
Puck drops 7 pm in Boston.