It seems for the first time this season, the Boston Bruins have a problem in hand after losing 2 straight games and have not played their best hockey. They have had sluggish starts and have been missing their scoring ability from the top 6 forwards. While the bottom 6 have been keeping them in games with goals courtesy of Chris Wagner, Joakim Nordstrom, David Backes, and Sean Kuraly. The powerplay has seemingly stalled and hasn’t produced in the past few games but with Patrice Bergeron getting healthy and appearing to be ready for Ottawa that could all change quickly.
From the outside, the Bruins are 8-1-1 in their last 10 games which is pretty much the gold standard in the NHL but Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy is not happy with their play recently. They need to show up and bring the energy from the start of the game and it’s the first and second period that have been the issues for the Bruins in this stretch.
The Senators are not a good team and the Bruins should beat them soundly but it is an opportunity to practice good habits against NHL talent and really start to find their game again with Bergeron back.
We look to see the line pairings of…
Maybe David Backes cracks the lineup for Ritchie but those are the expected lines to start the game. We have seen Cassidy shake the lineup around before but he will most likely keep all the lines together as they try to get back to normalcy with Bergeron back in the lineup.
For the defense, we should see the normal lineup with Steven Kampfer hitting the waivers and being assigned to Providence.
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