Leading up to game 34 against the Capitals, the Bruins have 5 games in 10 days and they are looking ready for this tough stretch, especially with Brad Marchand being the hog that he is. Bruins will be at home against:
- Washington Capitals – which will be a great game of course. I’m envisioning many goals scored, alongside a hard fought home win.
- Winnipeg Jets – who have been on a bit of a break, have had poor defensive play, alongside some electric offense at times. I see a controlling win or a wild game that could go either way quickly.
- Anaheim Ducks – young, growing and talented but still missing the full game. I think the Bruins weathering the previous two tough opponents, should have a comfortable win before the road trip begins for both teams as Ducks head north and Bruins head out west.
- Colorado Avalanche – one of the ‘Game of the Years’ that you know Sweeney and the boys have had circled since the start of the season. Two of the best in their respective division look to clash in a battle that will be a good outlook on the playoffs.
- Arizona Coyotes – I wouldn’t be surprised if Coyotes win here, after the tough previous 4 games and with the Stars two days later to end the road trip. Yotes’ have been hot recently, behind strong goalie play where Rask may be starting. Although, he could use a couple warmup games still.
Boston Bruins’ Line Pairings Against Capitals
1F: Brad Marchand – Patrice Bergeron – Craig Smith
2F: Taylor Hall – Erik Haula – David Pastrnak
3F: Jake Debrusk – Charlie Coyle – Oskar Steen
4F: Anton Blidh – Tomas Nosek – Curtis Lazar
1D: Charlie ‘ The Stallion’ McAvoy – Matt Grzelcyk
2D: Urho Vaakanainen – Brandon Carlo
3D: Connor Clifton – Derek Forbert
Clifton and Forbert are back after COVID protocols to shore up what is a tough 3rd pairing to matchup against. Forbert is proving a solid signing and Clifton is truly a gem on this roster. Urho has been playing pretty well, still adapting to the physical game, but puck play and vision have been solid. You can’t really remark much on how this roster can improve. Foligno would need a spot and once Mike Reilly is healthy soon, this roster will be complete, barring a pickup before dealing. Which I doubt, because of the cap and how this team is built currently.