Game Preview: Home vs Minnesota (11/19)

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The Bruins are preparing for a tough test at home, with the Minnesota Wild in town. The Bruins home record is not what people expected, as they are currently 2-6-1 at home, and are looking to increase the winning side of that record.

The Bruins are coming off a 5-4 loss to the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday. In that game, Joe Thornton of the Sharks was credited with the winning goal, and Patrice Bergeron did his part to increase our Power Play Percentage, with a goal in the 3rd period.

In this game, D Man Kevan Miller was announced as day to day with a Lower Body injury, and Colin Miller is his replacement, after being absent in the last two games with an injury himself. No timetable on a return from David Pastrnak, as he is recovering from a Foot Injury. He is not on injured reserve.

The Wild are coming off of a close loss on tuesday as well, losing 4-3 to the Pittsburgh Penguins, so expect a well fought game on both sides tonight. The Wild is currently 10-4-3 this season, and 4th in the tough central division.

Here are you projected lineups!

BOSTON BRUINS:

Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Jimmy Hayes

Frank Vatrano-David Krejci-Loui Eriksson

Matt Beleskey-Ryan Spooner-Brett Connolly

Zac Rinaldo-Joonas Kemppainen-Tyler Randell

Zdeno Chara-Zach Trotman

Dennis Seidenberg-Colin Miller

Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid

Jonas Gustavsson

Tuukka Rask

Injuries: Kevan Miller (Upper Body), Chris Kelly (Broken Leg), and David Pastrnak (Foot)

Scratch: Joe Morrow

Interesting Notes: D-Man Kevan Miller was announced recently as day to day with an upper body injury, and will not travel with the team on the road trip to Toronto. Colin Miller will be slotted in in his place, as he was a scratch last game against the Sharks (5-4 L).

Chris Kelly spoke to the public this morning, his first public apperance since getting surgery on a broken femur after the game on November 3rd against the Stars (5-3 L).  He is optimistic on returning during the playoffs. He is an UFA at the end of this season.

Patrice Bergeron has a five game point streak, with a total of six points (3 goals, 3 assists) in that span.

MINNESOTA WILD:

Thomas Vanek-Mikael Granlund-Jason Pominville

Jason Zucker-Mikko Koivu-Nino Niderreiter

Erik Haula-Charlie Coyle-Jordan Schroeder

Chris Porter-Ryan Carter-Brett Bulmer

Ryan Suter-Jared Spurgeon

Jonas Brodin-Matt Dumba

Christian Folin-Nate Prosser

Devan Dubnyk

Darcy Kuemper

Injuries: Zach Parise (MCL), Justin Fontaine (MCL), Tyler Graovac (Core), Marco Scandella (Lower Body)

Scratch: Michael Keranen

Interesting Notes: Zach Parise and Justin Fontaine have started to skate in effort to speed up their recovery from MCL injuries. Marco Scandella was injured in the game against the Penguins on Tuesday (4-3 L), and will be placed on injured reserve because if this injury.

Jared Spurgeon has a seven point (2 goals, 5 assists) streak in a six game span.
^AHC

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