The Boston Bruins return home to the TD Garden to face the Arizona Coyotes after winning back to back games. The Bruins are now 16-10 while the Coyotes are 13-13. They currently sit near the bottom of the Pacific Division in the Western Conference. Boston is in fourth, holding on to first place in the wild card race in the Atlantic Division. The Bruins welcomed back Charlie McAvoy for the game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, where Boston flexed their muscle to win 6-3. In the game against the Leafs the Bruins would see goals from six different players. Jarolslav Halak made 29 saves in net, while defenseman Torey Krug scored his 1st goal of the season.
BACK TO BACK
Less than 24 hours later, the Bruins traveled to Ottawa as they faced the Senators for the third time this season. The Senators opened up the game when Mark Stone scored, putting Ottawa up 1-0. Bruins’ Brad Marchand, however, would answer back in the second, when he scored at 7:49 off a rebound on a power play, making it 1-1. Marchand, for his part, would have a season high nine shots. As the game headed into overtime, it would be defenseman Torey Krug who would come out the victor as he scored at 3:07, scoring the 2-1 win over the Ottawa Senators. David Pastrnak leads the team with 35 points, with Brad Marchand second with 29 points. Pasta is currently fourth in the league with goals (20).
With tonight’s game, Arizona will start their four-game road trip as travel to face the Bruins. The ‘Yotes are coming in on a three-game winning streak, and if they win tonight it will be their first four-game winning streak since 2011. Arizona’s goaltender Darcy Kuemper, who had previously been out eight games due to a lower-body injury, is looking to make his return tonight. Goalie Antti Raanta is out indefinitely due to a lower-body injury. Forward/Center Clayton Keller leads the team in points with 20, netting eight goals with 12 assists. Niklas Hjalmarsson will play his 700th NHL game tonight and is currently leading the ‘Yotes in blocked shots with 56. Arizona is looking to end a 13 game losing streak against Boston, with their last win against the B’s in the 2010-2011 season.
The last time these two teams met, Bruins goaltender Jaroslav Halak had a great night in net when he made 32 saves and Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson scored his first NHL goal. Halak is expected in net tonight, however as of this writing this morning’s rush had not been published.
WHEN: Tonight with puck drop at 7:00 PM, TD Garden
WHERE TO WATCH: NESN, FS-A PLUS