On Saturday, February 11, at 1PM ET, the Boston Bruins (27-23-6) will host the Vancouver Canucks (24-24-6). During today’s matinee, the Bruins will be supporting “Hockey Is For Everyone” and will use pride tape on their sticks during warm-ups.

NEED TO KNOW: BRUINS

This is the first game of a weekend back to back for the Bs. Tomorrow they take on original six rivals the Montreal Canadians. But, today’s focus is on Vancouver. The Bruins will look to build off of their impressive six goal victory Thursday night over San Jose. While they do find themselves currently in the last wild card spot for the playoffs, the game played is still an area of concern for the Bruins. Coming into today, they are tied with Montreal for the most games played in the East with 56. Toronto currently sit in the third spot in the Atlantic and have one more point and three games in hand. This is the Bs second game with Cassidy as Head Coach. Thursday’s game showed a solid 60-minute effort by the team, but again, consistency has been the problem all season. Cassidy did tweak the lines a little on Thursday and they may look a little different today. The most notable change Thursday was moving Backes to the first line, along side Bergeron and Marchand.

Defenseman, Zdeno Chara, is expected to return today after missing Thursday’s night game due to illness. Forwards Patrice Bergeron(4G, 8A) and Brad Marchand(7G, 5A) are both on six-game point streaks. Bergeron is one assist shy of reaching 400 for his NHL career. It looks like Peter Cehlarik will be making his NHL debut today, playing on the second line with Krejci and Pastrnak.

NEED TO KNOW: CANUCKS

The current situation of these two teams is very similar. This is the first matchup between the two teams this season. Last seasons series was split with Vancouver being outscored by the Bruins 6-4 in two games. This will be forward Loui Eriksson’s first game against his former team, since signing with the Canucks over the summer. Vancouver is also looking to build off an impressive win from Thursday night’s games. They snapped a four game losing streak with a 3-0 win over Columbus. And, they too are playing in the first of a weekend back to back as they travel to Buffalo after today’s matinee. The Canucks find themselves on the outside looking in, six points behind the LA Kings who hold the last wild card spot in the West.

BOSTON LINEUP:

Marchand – Bergeron – Backes
Cehlarik – Krejci – Pastrnak
Beleskey – Spooner – Vatrano
Schaller – Moore – Nash

Chara – Carlo
Krug – McQuaid
K. Miller – C. Miller

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