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Boston Bruins Could Clinch A Playoff Birth With A Victory Over The Tampa Bay Lightning Tonight

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Bruins Trying To Clinch Their Ticket To The Playoffs

The Boston Bruins have been playing some great hockey as of late. They have seen highs and lows this season. The Bruins are currently on a 5 game win streak.

The Boston Bruins need to win tonight’s game in order to lock up a spot in the playoffs. Tampa is 4 points back of the B’s. If Boston wins tonight, the Lightning will be mathematically eliminated from the playoffs. if they want to win then the B’s will have to bring their A game tonight. We all know Tampa is going to bring theirs and give it everything they have. Steven Stamkos who was a possible for tonight’s game has been marked as out. Cue a big sigh of relief from the Bruins. This is according to CBSBoston.

I would like to see the veteran players step up here. I am talking about David Backes, Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci, Brad Marchand, and Zdeno Chara. These are the guys that the rest of the is going to look to. These are the guys that are going to get the B’s back to the playoffs and beyond. The other guy on that list is Tuukka Rask he needs to play like a $7.5 million goalie, I know he can we have seen it before.

Lets all hope that this game goes nothing like the last one. Last time around the Ning routed the B’s 6-3. The defense was just horrendous during that game, and they also gave up two power play goals.

Keys to tonight’s game

  • would be to stay out of the box
  • Come out hard and take the lead early
  • once ahead keep the pressure on
  • If they fall behind push do not sit back
  • concentrate on playing solid defense, and help Tuukka out

The bruins participated in this mornings skate and here were the lines.

Forwards:

Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron- David Backes

Drew Stafford- David Krejci- David Pastrnak

Matt Beleskey- Ryan Spooner- Sean Kurarly

Dominic Moore- Riley Nash- Noel Acciari

Tim Schaller- Frank Vatrano- JFK- Jimmy Hayes- Not available to play still. JFK has to way on immigration approval.

Defense:

Zdeno Chara Brandon Carlo

Torey Krug- Adam McQuaid

John-Michael Liles – Kevan Miller

Joe Morrow –¬†Colin Miller

Goalies:

Tuukka Rask

Anton Khudobin

here is what Marchy said about tonight’s game and the possibility of making the playoffs.

 

 

Justin is a Computer Networking student at Wentworth Institute of Technology and joined the Trifecta Network as an Editor in February of 2016 and is a guest on Down to the WIRE Sports Talk.

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Boston Bruins Recall Jordan Szwarz From Providence

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The Boston Bruins recalled forward Jordan Szwarz from the AHL Providence Bruins on Friday per General Manager Don Sweeney.

Szwarz’s recall is strictly on an emergency basis. The 26-year-old forward¬†has three assists in 10 games with Boston in 2017-18 with the majority of his playing time this season coming in Providence.

For the P-Bruins he has a team-high 15 goals and 20 assists for 35 points with an impressive plus-25 rating in 34 games.

Szwarz who is from Burlington, Ontario has appeared in 45 career NHL games tallying four goals and three assists for seven points with 21 penalty minutes.

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Boston Bruins Need To Stay Away From Ryan McDonagh

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Bruins Need To Look To Future And Not The Now

Recently the talks between the New York Rangers and Boston Bruins about a trade involving Rick Nash and/or Ryan McDonagh have heated up. Now, these would be great players to add to this team if that is the direction the team wanted to go. The only problem is that Sweeney and Neely have been pushing for youth. If this is the case then it should stay that way.

Also, it seems like the asking price for either of the two is Carlo a prospect and a high-round (1st or 2nd) pick. That is too much for two guys getting closer to the end of their career than the start. McDonagh is 28, Nash is 33. Both are a bit too old for the direction the Bruins want to go. The league is all about youth right now. Right now the Bruins have that and a lot of it.

This is also why some people do not see this as a problem. The problem is that they may be obliged to make a move. Thre is no need to make a move if there is no reason for one. Boston Has improved their defensive game a ton this year and bringing a new guy could mess with that.

I do not want to see the Bruins try and win now just because they are hot. I do not think they could beat the Capitals, Lightning or Pittsburg at this point in a series. Also, the Bruins are still a bit behind top teams in the west. An entire series with one would be difficult to come out on top. They should just stick with what they have and plan for the future.

Boston will still be able to make a decent playoff push this year but all the way seems like a bit of a stretch. The cup within the next five years is within reach if they stay the course.

All we can do is hope that Cam and Don decide to do the right thing when they are called upon.

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Boston Bruins Should Stay Quiet At Trade Deadline

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Boston Bruins Have Some Decision Making To Do With Pending

Trade Deadline

Boston Bruins this year have impressed many and surprised even more with their success. The thought of the club being second in the Atlantic was not even¬†though at the beginning of the year. Patrice Bergeron and the B’s have found some chemistry and have been winning left and right including an 18 game point streak. Now comes the question of do they make a trade? Trades are not always made to better the team but as we have seen the B’s so many times they are used to free up some money.

The Bruins are tight on money, The biggest issue is David Krejci at $7.25 million and Torey Krug at $5.25 million. These are the two players taking a ton of cap space with not a great return. While Krejci is having a better year than last his play has been falling off for years. Then with Krug his play in his own end has seems to be getting worse. Krug is a zero on the plus/minus scale while Zdeno Chara is plus 27, and Chara plays a ton of PK.

Trade Rumors

There have been whispers that the Bruins are talking with Ryan¬†McDonagh as well as Edmonton Oilers Winger Patrick¬†Maroon. Maroon, absolutely¬†not he is the wrong direction the team wants to go. With McDonagh maybe if the price is right. The only way is if Krug McQuaid and/or Miller is moved. Matt Grzelcyk has proved that he deserves a spot on this team while Krug has blundered. Look for Krug to be shopped if the B’s do want to make a move.

Trading Block:

Untouchables:

Patrice Bergeron, David Pastrnak, Charlie McAvoy, Jake Debrusk, Brad Marchand, Anders Bjork

Trade If Price Is Right Or If Possible

Ryan Spooner, Danton Heinen, Torey Krug, David Krejci with the waive of his no-move clause.

This team should stick with what they have and make it better rather than trading for a rental and going out early. Neeley and Sweeny have said time and time again they want the kids to play. So far so good, and why change something that is not broken.

Tanner’s Untouchables:

Patrice Bergeron, David Pastrnak, Charlie McAvoy, Anders Bjork

Trade If Price Is Right Or If Possible

Ryan Spooner, David Krejci, Brad Marchand, Tuukka Rask, Zdeno Chara

I am not sold on this years team and think Don Sweeney should be focused on winning later rather than getting bounced early now.

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