Boston (37-26-6) travels to Edmonton (36-24-9) Thursday night to for the third game of their road trip. Boston comes into this game as one of, if not the hottest team in the NHL going 4-1 in their last five and have won 121 out of 15 games under Bruce Cassidy They are 2-0 to start the road trip beating Vancouver 6-3 and Calgary 5-2. Great offensive outings by the Bruins. Edmonton comes in 2-2-1 in their last five games. Coming an offensively dominant performance beating Dallas 7-1 on Tuesday night. It will be a matchup of two of the three points leaders in the NHL, Brad Marchand and Connor McDavid.

Scoring Leaders

Points

  • Brad Marchand – 76 (Boston)
  • Connor McDavid – 76 (Edmonton)

Goals

  • Brad Marchand – 36 (Boston)- Leads NHL
  • Connor McDavid – 24 (Edmonton)

Assists

  • Brad Marchand – 40 (Boston)
  • Connor McDavid – 52 (Edmonton)- Leads NHL

Injuries

Boston:

  • Ryan Spooner came back to the lineup last night against Calgary after suffering a concussion against Ottawa on March 6th. He missed 3 games due to the injury. David Backes was injured after a brutal hit to the boards on Tuesday night but he was able to return to action during the game. Boston looks healthy coming into this game.

Edmonton:

  • Edmonton has maintained a healthy squad as of late. No big injuries to report on

Keys for Each team

Boston:

  • Boston will need to stop McDavid. That is the main key in this game, his ability to speed past players and create scoring opportunities for his teammates are second to none. He’s the fastest player in the NHL with the puck, Boston will have their hands full defensively
  • Keeping the momentum and getting their top two lines involved early. Brad Marchand has been a handful as of late, so getting his line going early will be big. David Pastrnak has been playing great as well so getting his line going too will be a main part
  • Offensively they need to keep playing like they have been, getting shots on goal early. The bottom two lines will need to produce this game

Edmonton

  • Defensively Edmonton will need to protect Cam Talbot. Not allowing Boston to get going early will be huge for them.
  • Slowing down the top two lines of Boston will be their main focus. These two lines have been producing extremely well for the Bruins. Edmonton will have issues with the offensive skill of each line.
  • Getting McDavid’s line going early and allowing his line mates take some pressure off him. Getting production from their other lines will be needed. McDavid can’t play on all four lines.

Projected Lineups

Boston Bruins:

Forwards

  • Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-David Backes
  • Drew Stafford-David Krejci-David Pastrnak
  • Frank Vatrano-Ryan Spooner-Jimmy Hayes
  • Matt Beleskey-Dominic Moore-Riley Nash

Defensemen

  • Zdeno Chara-Brandon Carlo
  • Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid
  • Colin Miller Kevan Miller

Goalie

  • Tuukka Rask

Edmonton Oilers:

Forwards

  • Pat Maroon-Connor McDavid-Leon Draisaitl
  • Milan Lucic-Ryan Nugent-Hopkins-Jordan Eberle
  • Benoit Pouliot-David Desharnis-Zack Kassian
  • Matt Hendricks-Mark Letestu-Anton Slepyshev

Defensemen

  • Oscar Klefborn-Adam Larsson
  • Andrej Sekera-Kris Russell
  • Darnell Nurse-Matt Benning

Goalie

  • Cam Talbot

Boston comes into this game 3rd in the Atlantic with 82 points. 5 points up on the Tampa Bay Lightning. Also 5 points up on the New York Islanders who are in the second wild card spot. Edmonton comes into this game 1st in the wild card with 81 points, 1 point behind the Calgary Flames for the 3rd spot in the Pacific. The Oilers do have a game in hand. This will be an offensive match up as both teams have the ability to put up goals. They will both be leaning on their goaltenders early and often to make saves. This will be Boston’s 3rd game in 4 days. Edmonton will look to test the legs of the Bruins early.

It will be a very interesting matchup as both teams need the two points. Edmonton will look to take back over the 3 seed in the Pacific. Boston will look to maintain the 3rd spot in the Atlantic as the Lightning have been playing well as of late.

This will be a tough test for the Bruins as they will be playing back to back nights. Two points for Boston will be huge moving forward as they try to catch the 2nd place Ottawa Senators in the Atlantic.

Time: 9:00pm (EST)

Where: Rogers Place (Edmonton)

Listen: 98.5 FM (Boston)

Watch: NESN (Boston)