Friday, January 20, at 7pm ET, Chicago Blackhawks (28-14-5) will visit the Boston Bruins (23-19-6). With this clash of original 6 teams, the Bruins are looking to right the ship and the Blackhawks are looking to get atop the Central Division.
Need to know: Bruins
Tonight, Beleskey will be making his return after facing a knee injury. This means Blidh will be a healthy scratch. Overall, the Bruins have started the new year very inconsistent. They have gone 3-4-2 in those nine games. While they have scored 4 or more goals in four of those games, which does seem promising, they have also allowed 4 or more goals in four of those games. After suffering a devastating 6-5 shootout loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night, the Bs will be looking to take care of business tonight. In that game, the Bruins lost the lead at 4-1 and 5-4. Coach Claude Julien said he was at a loss for words after the defeat. With such a high-powered front two lines for Chicago, the up and down trend of Bruins’ scoring, and the overall high scoring games around the league, tonight’s matchup is sure to see plenty of pucks finding the back of the net.
Need to know: Blackhawks
After a 6-4 win over Colorado on Tuesday, the Blackhawks currently sit 2nd in the Central Division with 61 points. While they are only 2 points behind first place Minnesota Wild, they do have 3 games in-hand. Much like the Bruins, every game matters with such a difference in games played.Tonight Scott Darling will be between the pipes. He is 2-1-0 in his career starts against Boston. This star-studded team will also be the most represented during All-Star Weekend with Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith, and Corey Crawford all representing the Blackhawks.
Marchand – Bergeron – Vatrano
Schaller – Krejci – Pastrnak
Spooner – Nash – Backes/Hayes
Beleskey – Moore – Czarnik