PREGAME: ROGERS ARENA VANCOUVER:  

The Bruins get back to work tonight to try to keep collecting points.  This task starts in Vancouver.

The Bruins kick off a mini West Coast trip to Canada today. First stop Vancouver then on to Calgary Wednesday night and Edmonton Saturday night.

The details:

VANCOUVER

The Canucks out of the playoff structure and are just waiting for the season to end at this point. The Bruins should easily capitalize on this and continue their brand of hockey. Vancouver has been dismal, currently 25th in the NHL. Time to take care of business for the Bruins.

Vancouver has finished 3-4-3 in their last ten games, but should not be underestimated. They have some talented players and can be explosive on turnovers and defensive break downs.

The Bruins will need to shut down their ability in order to move freely through the neutral zone and impede penetration into their defensive zone.

BOSTON

The Bruins are two points up on the Maple Leafs with 78 in the Atlantic Division.   To say this is a must-win would be redundant. The Bruins just need to come out and do what they’ve been doing.

David Pastrnak has six points in his last five games.   He is a beast right now, finding chemistry with whomever he’s paired with. He’s shown he is a threat whenever he hops over the boards.

Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron have four points apiece in their last five games. They look back to form after Bergeron’s slow start.

Brad Marchand’s 70 points this season are the most by a Bruins player since Marc Savard (88 points, 2008-09).

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

Nope. I think this team is capable. I’m talking about the group now. They’re very capable of winning every night. Every time we’ve faced off – and we’ve been in every game. I think the Anaheim game could have gone either way and you know, I don’t want to revisit every one, but I want them to feel that way – that when they go out there, they can win every night. You know, we’ve talked about playing to our standard and when we do, we feel like we can beat any team in the league. So I don’t want the guys to be cocky, but I do want them to be confident. You have to be.” – Interim Head Coach Bruce Cassidy on if winning nine of his first 12 games as head coach was beyond his expectations.

Projected Lines;

  1. Marchand – Bergeron – Backes
  2. Stafford – Krejci – Pastrnak
  3. Vatrano- Czarnik – Hayes
  4. Beleskey – Moore – Nash

Defensive pairings;

  1. Chara – Carlo
  2. Krug – McQuaid
  3. C.Miller – Miller

Goal;

  1. Rask
  2. Khudobin

Time 10:00 PM (EST)

Where: Rogers Arena Vancouver

Listen: 98.5 FM Boston

Watch: NESN