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Sunday, March 04, 2007

Pregame : Bruins - Devils

Tonight's game against the Devils is huge for the Bruins. With only 18 games remaining, every single point is important for this team. If the Bruins pull out a victory tonight, they will be tied with the Rangers for points with 69. The Bruins can also pick up ground on the Carolina Hurricanes, who lost to Atlanta today.

For the Devils, Martin Brodeur will get the start in net, as always. It was thought that Scott Clemmenson would give Brodeur a breather tonight, but Brodeur is right back in there. Brian Gionta also will play tonight, after missing the 8 previous games with a groin injury. Cam Janssen will serve his first game of a three game suspension he was given, after his late hit on Tomas Kaberle of the Leafs on Friday night.

For the Bruins, Joey MacDonald will get the start in net. It will be his first appearance for the Bruins since being claimed from the Detroit Red Wings. Chuck Kobasew is still out with an elbow injury and will miss this game and next. He could be ready to go on Thursday against Minnesota.

For the Bruins to win this game, they must score first and keep the pressure on early. If they fall behind against this team, especially with Brodeur, then it will be a very long night. The lineup situation for tonight will be similar to last night's. Lewis will juggle lines throughout the game. To start the game, these are the lines. Look for them to change on many occasions as the game progresses.



Blogger Stu Smallwood said...

well, two wins in a row and in a big way. The pick-ups are looking really good now that theyve had a chance to mesh. AND the team has been playing the system Dave Lewis wants them to play. I think we are going to see down the stretch that Lewis is a good coach and Chiarelli made good moves at the deadline to work with the system Lewis wants in place. I do hope that if they manage to make the playoffs - which I think they will as long as they don't get fatigued with the difficult schedule - that Lewis critics will perhaps reevaluate their position.

4:22 AM  
Anonymous #5DenisPotvin said...

McDonald *is* an elite goaltender.

8:19 AM  
Blogger Latrappe said...

This team is pack with elite goaltenders... Bochenski look good and deserve to play more. Mowers with 14 min is too much.

8:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bochenski on the last line?


3:12 PM  
Anonymous BosBrn77 said...

Sorry stu, I still think Lewis sucks!! He couldn't run a temperature let alone the Bruins. TOO many line changes during the game. Nobody knows who is going to be with them the next time they step on the ice. He needs chemistry within the lines, and with the way he swaps players, he'll never get it.
As for the moves Chiarelli made, he did them for the system HE wants in place, not Lewis. He has a plan, and I like the way it is unfolding. Hopefully it keeps improving.

4:21 PM  

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