The Boston Bruins (46-17-5) are looking to extend their 9 game win streak tonight against the New Jersey Devils (29-26-13). The Bruins are currently first in the Eastern Conference by 5 points and second in the league behind the St. Louis Blues. 

Tonight's game should be winnable for the Bruins but it is the second game in a back to back and we are on the road. With our record vs. theirs I want to say I have no doubt that the Bruins will pull it out but *knocks on wood* it's hard to tell.

But on a brighter note, we will see the return of the one and only Jaromir Jagr. Jagr has been incredible for the Devils this season, which is unfortunate since the Devils won't be doing anything effective at the end of the season.

The Bruins go into tonight's game missing Adam McQuaid, who at this point I don't even know still exists. We also may not see Johnny Boychuk tonight, who is day to day with a leg injury sustained after an awkward collision with the boards. 

Projected Bruins Line Up

Lucic-Krejci-Iginla
Marchand-Bergeron-Smith
Kelly-Soderberg-Eriksson
Thornton-Campbell-Caron

Chara-Meszaros
Bartkowski-Hamilton
Krug-Miller

Team Stats

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Team: The Devils are, like the past few teams we've played, middle of the road teams that won't actually do much at the end of the season. The Devils are coming into this game after a 3-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday. The Devils are 6th in the Metropolitan Division with 71 points, which puts them 11th in the conference and 21st overall. They are 5-5-0 in their last ten games and have a -10 goal differential. They have an average of 2.47 goals against per game (9th overall) and 2.44 goals for per game (22nd overall). Their powerplay has been looking pretty solidly recently with a 20.7% conversion rate while their penalty kill is the best in the league right now with an 87% success rate. That stat is probably the scariest of them all, but not necessarily something to worry about.

Players: 17 of their guys have negative ratings ranging from Zajac's -1 to Bernier's -15. 5 of their players are even while the rest are positive ranging from Ruutu's +1 Jagr's +15. Jagr leads the team with 58 points (25th overall) while Henrique leads the team with 23 goals (32nd overall). 

Goalie: Schneider will more than likely get the nod for tonight's game. He's played in 36 games with a 12-14-9 record. He has a 2.12 GAA (14th overall) and a .915 SV% (37th overall)

Of Note: Jagr has three goals and six points in his last 6 game. 

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Team: The Bruins are still an absolutely indomitable force.The boys,are coming into this game with a 4-1 win over the Minnesota Wild. We are still first in the Atlantic Division with 97 points and are now 2nd in the league. We have a +72 goal differential with a 2.12 GAA (2nd overall) and a 3.19 GF/game (3rd overall). Our power play has a 20.5% conversion rate (8th overall) while our penalty kill is leagues better than theirs with a success rate of 83.9% (10th overall). 

Players:  Of the people who we see regular in games, no one has a negative rating, which is fantastic. Campbell is the only one with an even rating and everyone else is positive ranging from Thorty's +2 to Krejci's +33. Krejci leads the team with 59 points (24th overall) while Iginla leads the team with 25 goals (23rd overall). 

Goalie: Chad Johnson will probably be getting the nod tonight. He's played in 21 games with a 14-3-1 record. He has a .921 SV% (22nd overall) and a 2.15 GAA (15th overall)

Of Note: Iginla has a five game point streak with six goals and seven assists in that time span. 

Score Prediction: 4-1 Bruins Win

Until after the game,
Keep calm and Bergeron!
 
 
In their first meeting of the year and the first the Coyotes have been in Boston in 5 years,the Bruins (43-17-5), who are currently on a 6 game win streak (their longest this season), go head to head with the Phoenix Coyotes (31-24-11) in hopes of extending that streak.

The Bruins have been an absolute force in recent weeks and, with a win tonight, will be able to take over 2nd place in the league behind the St. Louis Blues. Just let that sink in for a minute. 

The Bruins go into tonight still missing Adam McQuaid, who is STILL struggling with that quad injury, and Dougie Hamilton, who will be the healthy scratch again tonight for Meszaros. We also won't be seeing Daniel Paille, who is out with a minor concussion until at least this weekend. It also looks like we'll be seeing Chad Johnson in net tonight.

Projected Bruins Line Up

Lucic-Krejci-Iginla
Marchand-Bergeron-Smith
Kelly-Soderberg-Eriksson
Thornton-Campbell-Caron

Chara-Meszaros
Bartkowski-Boychuk
Krug-Miller

Team Stats

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Team: The Coyotes are one of those middle of the road teams that, at the moment, at in the running for the second wild card spot. The Coyotes are coming into this game after a 3-1 win over the Florida Panthers. They are fourth in the Pacific Division with 73 points. The Bruins are almost a full 20 points ahead of them, to put that in perspective. The Coyotes have a -5 goal differential with a 2.79 GAA (18th overall) and 2.71 GF/game (16th overall). Like I said, middle of the road team. They're power play definitely isn't middle of the pack though, what with a 21% conversion rate (3rd overall). But they're penalty kill offsets that like it's their job with a 79.6% success rate (27th overall). Not very good at all.

Players: 12 of their guys have negative ratings on the ice ranging from Moss's -1 to Yendle's surprising -18. 3 of their guys are even and the rest are positive ranging from Gormley's +1 to Michalek's +8. Vrbata leads the team with 46 points (54th overall) while Vermette leads with 22 goals (36th overall).

Goalie: Mike Smith will more than likely get the start tonight. He's played in 56 games with a 24-19-10 record. He's got a .914 SV% (41st out of 85) and a 2.69 GAA (46th out of 85). Basically, he's just kind of adding to the mediocrity of the team. Especially if you remember the wonderful moment when he managed to somehow get the puck caught in his equipment and then scoring for the opposing team. 

Of Note: Doan will be playing in his 1300th NHL game tonight. Vrbata had three points against the Panthers and four goals with 2 assists in the past four games. Yandle has 5 assists in his past four.

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Team: As I said earlier, the Bruins have been an indomitable force the last few weeks and I don't necessarily expect that to end tonight. The boys, as we all remember, are coming into this game after a glorious 4-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens and with a 6 game win streak under their belts. We are still first in the Atlantic Division with 91 points and are 4th (hopefully soon to be second) in the league. We have a +64 goal differential with a 2.17 GAA (2nd overall) and a 3.17 GF/game (2nd overall). Our power play is right behind Phoenix's with a 20.9% conversion rate (4th overall) while our penalty kill is leagues better than theirs with a success rate of 83.2% (11th overall). 

Players: Only four of our guys have negative ratings ranging from Soupy's -1 to Caron's -5 because he's useless. Three of our guys are even while everyone else has a positive rating ranging from Thorty's +2 to Bergeron's +32. Krejci leads the team with 56 points (25th overall) while Marchand leads the team with 21 goals (44th overall). 

Goalie: Chad Johnson will be getting the nod tonight. He's played in 20 games with a 13-3-1 record. He has a .919 SV% (22nd overall) and a 2.22 GAA (16th overall)

Of Note: Patrice Bergeron has 5 points in his last two games because he's a god. Soderberg had 5 points in his last 4 games. 

Score Prediction: 3-1 Bruins Win

Until after the game,
Keep calm and Bergeron!
 
 
The Bruins just keeping at their and the league's list of injury woes this season.

Daniel Paille left the game Sunday with an undisclosed injury. Coach Julien announced today that Paille has a minor concussion and will be out at least two games.

This means the Merlot line is without a key component against the Montreal Canadiens, who now have the Bruins Killer, and the Phoenix Coyotes. This in itself is worrisome, nevermind when you remember the likely alternative to Paille for these games is Jordan Caron because for some reason he is still a thing on this team. 

Let's hope for a speedy, uncomplicated recovery for Daniel Paille!

Until next time,
Keep calm and Bergeron!
 
 
Contrary to the worries of many Bruins fans, the team was relatively quiet during the trade period. We did make two rather interesting moves though, which will be interesting to see pan out.
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Move One: Corey Potter from the Oilers

The Bruins picked up 30 year old Corey Potter off waivers from the Edmonton Oilers earlier today. The team says it was more of a depth move with our recent defensive woes. 

Potter is a 6'3", 206 pound right shot defenseman who has played 120 career NHL games with 8 goals and 24 assists with the Oilers, Rangers and Penguins. 

He was placed on waivers this season after playing 33 games with the Oilers last season. Compared to the defensemen we currently have playing for us, this move to me wasn't entirely necessary, especially with this guy's stats and considering the fact that not even Edmonton wanted him. But we'll have to see how it plays out. 

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Move Two: Andrej Meszaros from Philadelphia

The Bruins were also looking for a more direct solution to our defense woes, especially with the loss of Seidenberg and they found that in Andrej Meszaros. The Bruins gave up a third round pick for this guy.

Meszaros has played in 38 games with the Flyers this season, notching 5 goals and 12 assists in that time span. Over the course of his career, he has played for the Lightning, the Senators and the Flyers, totaling 617 games, 58 goals and 176 assists. 

Meszaros has been teammates with Zdeno Chara in the Olympics before and will probably be a second line defenseman on the Bruins. 

And boy will our defense need the help because news just broke that the Bruins killer himself Thomas Vanek is going to Montreal. This is going to get interesting y'all. 

Until next time,
Keep calm and Bergeron!



 
 
The Bruins (38-17-5) are back at it again tonight against the the Florida Panthers (23-31-7) after a rough game streak over the weekend. This game will be the 4th of 5 games between these two teams this season, with the Bruins leading the season series 3-0. 

Tonight the team will be playing once again without Adam McQuaid, who is still struggling with that lower body injury. The Bruins will also be without Loui Eriksson, who apparently has a "minor" issue which will keep him out of tonight's line up. As a result, we can expect to see what is sure to be yet another lack luster game out of Jordan Caron. Tuukka Rask will get a rest tonight, meaning Johnson will be our starting goalie.

Bruins Projected Line Up

Lucic-Krejci-Iginla
Marchand-Bergeron-Smith
Kelly-Soderberg-Caron
Paille-Campbell-Thornton

Chara-Hamilton
Bartkowski-Boychuk
Krug-Miller

Team Stats

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Team: So the Panthers are still downright awful since the last time we saw them in January. They're still not as bad as the Buffalol Sabres, but they're definitely not much better. The Panthers are 0-3 against the Bruins and are coming into this game after a 5-3 win against the New York Islanders. They were 7th in the Atlantic the last time we saw them and what do you know, they're still there. Because they're awful. And only have 53 points vs the with 49 points they had the last time we saw them. They have a have a -46 goal differential now versus the -31 goal differential they had. The Panthers now average 3.15 GA/game (27th in the league) and 2.36 GF/game (25th in the league). Their power play is still the worst in the league, even worse than the Sabres, with an 9.3% conversion rate.They are 3-7-0 in their last 10. 

Players: 17 of their guys have negative ratings on the ice ranging from Mottau's -2 to Gomez's -9. Five of their players are just even while a measly four players have positive ratings on the ice ranging from Jovanoski's +1 to Upshall's +6. Upshall leads the team with 30 points (164th in the league) while Boyes leads the team with 17 goals (73rd in the league). 

Goalie: And Tim Thomas is back, again. He's definitely hasn't been as good as he once was obviously but we've still be able to see brief glimpses of that acrobatic man.  He's played in 39 games with a 16-19-3 record. He has a .908 SV% (51st out of 84th overall), which is actually lower than it was when we last saw him,  and a 2.87 GAA, which is higher than the last time we saw him (52nd overall). 

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Team:  The Bruins are coming into this game after quite the impressive 6-3 win over the New York Rangers.  We're still first in Atlantic Division with 81 points. We still have a +51 goal differential with an average of 2.23 GA/game (still 2nd in the league) and an average of  3.12 GF/game (5th in the league). Our penalty kill has dropped slightly overall with a 82.3% success rate (13th overall). Our power play has an improved  21% conversion rate (6th overall). 

Players: 20 of our guys have positive ratings ranging from Campbell's +1 to Boychuk's +27. The others range from even to Caron's -6. Krejci is still leading the team with 52 points (29th overall out of 830) while Brad Marchand still leads the team with 20 goals (39th in the league).

Goalie: Like I mentioned, Chad Johnson will get the start tonight. He's played in 18 games with an 11-3-1 record. He has a 2.31 GAA (25th in the league) and a .917 SV% (31st in the league).

Score Prediction: 4-1 Bruins Win

 
 
Looks like the Bruins jumped the gun a little bit after the Olympics when they said we'd be seeing the enigma that is Adam McQuaid this weekend.

It was announced today that there was some form of setback with Adam McQuaid's recovery and we more than likely won't see him this weekend. 

Quaider has had quite the wild ride this season when it comes to injuries. McQuaid hasn't played since January 19th after re-aggravating the leg injury he suffered early in the season.

McQuaid has only played in 30 of the 50+ games the Bruins have played this season and has notched 1 goal and 5 assists in that time period.

I'll keep you guys updated when more news becomes available.

Until then,
Keep calm and Bergeron!
 
 
The boys are back in action tonight after a long 16 day hiatus after which several of our Bruins came home with medals. Shout out to Tuukka Rask, Patrice Bergeron and Loui Eriksson for a fantastic Olympic run and cheers to them bringing that intensity back into the season.

So the Bruins (37-16-4) go head to head tonight with the Buffalol Sabres (16-34-8) in the first game back from Sochi.This is the third of 5 meetings between these two teams through which the Bruins have maintained a 2-1 record. 

Tonight's game will be played without Tuukka Rask, who didn't travel with the team in order to recuperate from Sochi. As such, Johnson and Svedberg will be the goaltending pair tonight. Patrice Bergeron and Loui Eriksson met the team at the airport and will be in tonight's lineup. However, the Bruins are still without Adam McQuaid, who is still battling that pesky leg injury. He is expected to play this weekend though.

Projected Bruins Line Up

Lucic-Krejci-Iginla
Marchand-Bergeron-Smith
Kelly-Soderberg-Eriksson
Thornton-Campbell-Paille

Chara-Hamilton
Bartkowski-Boychuk
Krug-Miller

Team Stats

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Team: In short, the Buffalol Sabres still suck worse than the Swiss did in the Olympics. This game will be the second game the team has played in two days and they're coming into it after a 3-2 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes. They're still sitting pretty at the bottom of both the Atlantic division and the league with a measly 40 points.They are 3-6-1 in their last ten games. They have a horrifically bad -61 goal differential with 2.93 GA/game (23rd overall) and 1.84 GF/game (30th overall). They have a 14.4% success rate on the powerplay (24th overall) and a 82.4% success rate on the penalty kill (13th overall). So all in all, this team is literally the most pathetic thing to happen to this league since they let Matt Cooke into the league.

Players: If it wasn't obvious yet, the Sabres offensive is absolutely horrible. They have 28 players have a negative rating on the ice ranging from Kaleta's -1 to Mike Weber's -32. The other three players range from even to Ruhwedel's +3. Pathetic. Cody Hodgson leads the team with 30 points (139th overall) and with 14 goals (110th overall). 

Goalie: Ryan Miller didn't see much ice time during the Olympics but he's still the best player this team has. He's played in 40 games with a 15-22-3 record. He has a 2.72 GAA (44th overall) and a .923 SV% 21st overall. sa

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Team:  This will be our first game back after the Olympic break. Prior to the break we had a with a 7-1-2 record in our last 10 games. We're first in Atlantic Division with 78 points. We have a +51 goal differential with an average of 2.14 GA/game (still 2nd in the league) and an average of  3.07 GF/game (5th in the league). Our penalty kill has a 83.0% success rate (11th overall). Our power play has a  20.4% conversion rate (8th overall). 

Players: 19 of our guys have positive ratings ranging from Thornton's +2 to Boychuk's +27. The others range from even to Campbell's -2. Krejci leads the team with 50 points (25th overall) while Brad Marchand has dethroned Reilly Smith and now leads the team with 19 goals (42nd in the league).

Goalie: Chad Johnson will get the start tonight. He's played in 17 games with an 11-3-0 record. He has a 2.13 GAA (15th in the league) and a .924 SV% (19th in the league).  


Score Prediction: 4-1 Bruins Win

Until after the game,
Keep calm and Bergeron!
 
 
Let me just start off by saying happy Olympics guys! It sucks a bit that we're left without NHL hockey for two weeks but if games continue to go like they did yesterday morning for Team USA, it will all be worth it. 

The USA Women's Olympic hockey team completely dominated the Swiss in a fantastic 9-0 shutout that puts us 2-0 in the Olympic games. With the win, the women's team has locked down a spot in the semi finals. 

Team USA set the tone early in the first period. They set an Olympic record by scoring 3 goals in 55 seconds and 5 goals in 6:22.

Before Switzerland could even blink, team USA was up 6-0 before the end of the second period and kept adding salt to the wound by notching three more goals in the third. 

Monique Lamoureux, Amanda Kessel and Kendall Coyne all notched two goals a piece this game. We had 53 shots on goal overall and for a long time had more goals than Switzerland had shots on goal. 

I just can't wrap my head around the idea of a team so thoroughly forgetting how to play hockey so quickly, especially when people all over the world are watching. You can't help but feel kind of bad for the poor Swiss, who are now 0-2 in the Olympics and who have yet to score a goal. 

But on the other hand, the USA women's team is on a roll right now, which is going to be quite helpful when we play Canada in the semi finals tomorrow. 

Until then,
Keep calm and Bergeron!
 
 
After a valiant comeback, the Bruins fell to the Blues 3-2 in overtime, dropping our record to 36-16-4 and leaving us one game to end on a good foot before the Olympic break. 

I have to say, for a game where we lacked our two best defensemen in Chara and Seidenberg, the Bruins did a pretty great job of holding down the blue line. We had some trouble in front of the net but I'm okay with the way our defense played last night.

We started the first period off quite strong. We were dominating puck possession, skating strong and getting off some good chances. The only problem was we couldn't bury the puck, a problem we haven't had in quite some time. The Blues on the other hand, managed to beat us up front with a goal from Alex Steen with less than 5 minutes left in the period. 

The second period hit us kind of hard, as it usually tends too. We maintained our scoring drought through the period while the Blues stretched their lead to two goals of an early goal from Jaden Schwartz.

Things were looking at little desperate for the Bruins, as we got closer to the half way mark in the third period and we were still down by two. But of course, you can never count the Bruins out. Nine minutes into the period David Krejci scored his 13th goal of the season and got the Bruins rolling again. His goal was followed 2 minutes later by Brad Marchand's 18th of the season. The scored remained tied for the rest of the period, pulling us into overtime. 

And then the Bruins lost. With less than 2 minutes left in overtime, T.J. Oshie snuck one past Rask to win the game. 

As disappointing as the ending of the game was, the game overall was a fantastic one to watch between two equally matched teams. The drive we saw in the third period are definitely commendable. We also managed to get a point out of the match up, which is great. 

Bruins Positives

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1. Just this game in general. These two teams play great, physical hockey and watching them play together is always enjoyable.

2. Lucic's physicality made quite the difference in this game. His checks (or the threat of a check for that matter) caused plenty of players to turn over the puck. But I mean, can you blame them? If I saw the train that is Milan Lucic coming at me intent on crushing me against the boards, I'd give him the puck too. 

3. That third period was glorious. Absolutely glorious. The Bruins are the comeback kings and they always do it in the most spectacular fashion. Not to mention those oh so lovely goal celebrations always make my day.

4. Krug getting fiesty is always something I like to see. You go little dude!

Bruins Negatives

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1. The first two periods and the scoring drought that plagued the Bruins through them. We had some great chances but just couldn't manage to bury it and that's always frustrating. 

2. We definitely saw some miscues on the Bruins parts that led up to all three goals. Case in point of why the Bruins always need to be cognizant of what they're doing on the ice to prevent these types of things from happening.

3. The refs were atrocious. Loui Eriksson gets hit in the face with a stick and his mouth is literally GUSHING blood and we don't get a call? Ridiculous. Absolutely ridiculous. The refs breaking up the Boychuk scrum was also annoying.

4. As much as I love seeing Krug get scrappy, the scrap he got into this game was just bad. It was more of a "let's hug it out!" type deal than a fight. Ick. 

5. Rask probably should have stopped that overtime goal. 

The Bruins have one more game to play before the Olympic Break. Let's hope we can end this stretch on a positive note against the Senators. 
 
 
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It was just announced that the Bruins have traded AHL player Carter Camper to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Blake Parlett. 

Carter Camper has only played three games for the Bruins during the 2011-2012 season. He notched one goal in that period. This season while on the Providence Bruins he's played in 57 games and has notched 10 goals and 37 assists. 

Blake Parlett has not played a single game for the Columbus Blue Jackets. He has spent a lot of time bouncing around between AHL teams. This season he has played for two different AHL teams for a total of 76 games. He's scored 8 goals in that time with 24 assists.

So in all honesty, this trade was literally useless. We traded one non-NHL level guy for another non-NHL level guy. Why did the Bruins make the trade then? I'm going to assume it's a depth move solely for the AHL team. Also, one of the AHL guys got injured so I assume it's to fill in there if need be. But even that's a little debatable.

Welcome to the organization I guess Parlett.