Game Preview: Home vs Panthers

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This is literally the first game I will watch in months, because school and work have consumed my life and I have had no time to actually post anything.

This afternoon matinee today will be pitting two Atlantic Division rivals, the Bruins and the Panthers, as they are both fighting for a playoff spot. Boston is currently two points behind Ottawa to make them third in Atlantic.

This game also marks the home return of Forward Reilly Smith, who spent the past two seasons in the Bruins organization and was part of the famous Seguin-Eriksson trade back in 2013. Reilly Smith was traded this past summer, along with the contract of Marc Savard, to the Cats in exchange for Jimmy Hayes. he has 14 points (7+7=14) so far this season.

Last time the Bruins played the Cats, forward Brad Marchand scored two goals and Tuukka Rask had a .969 save percentage and 31 saves to secure a 3-1 win. That game was played on October 30th.

ALSO, before you watch the game, join me and a bunch of other fans on the Boston Bruins Subreddit for a Live Thread. I did this the last time I watched, and it was the best thing ever, and more entertaining than live tweeting.

 

HERE ARE YOUR PROJECTED LINEUPS:

 

BOSTON BRUINS:

Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Brett Connolly

Matt Beleskey-David Krejci-Loui Eriksson

Frank Vatrano-Ryan Spooner-Jimmy Hayes

Zac Rinaldo-Landon Ferrero-Tyler Randell

Zdeno Chara-Zach Trotman

Dennis Seidenberg-Colin Miller

Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid

Injured: David Pastrnak (Foot), Chris Kelly (Leg), Joonas Kemppainen (undisclosed)

Scratches: Max Talbot, Joe Morrow, & Kevan Miller

Interesting Notes: Loui Eriksson has two goals in the same number of games, and scored a SHG on Wednesday against the Habs. The Bruins are currently 5-7-1 at home, and are looking to improve their record at home and overall, as they are 2 points behind Ottawa for third in the Atlantic Division.

FLORIDA PANTHERS:

Jonathan Huberdeau-Aleksander Barkov-Jaromir Jagr

Brandon Pirri-Vincent Trocheck-Reilly Smith

Quinton Howden-Derek MacKenzie-Jussi Jokinen

Connor Brickley-Dave Bolland-Logan Shaw

Willie Mitchell-Brian Campbell

Dmitry Kulikov-Erik Gudbranson

Dylan Olson-Aaron Ekblad

Roberto Luongo

Al Montoya

Injured: Nick Bjugstad (Upper Body IR), Steven Kampfer (Lower Body), Alex Petrovic (Lower Body)

Scratches: Shawn Thornton

Interesting Notes: Jaromir Jagr is currently tied with Marcel Dionne for 4th in all time scoring with goal number 731. Nick Bjugstad was placed on Injured Reserve in a corresponding move that called up left handed shot D-Man Dylan Olson from Portland Pirates of the AHL. Olson will be replacing Steven Kampfer in the lineup, who is suffering from a Lower Body injury.

fear the bear

^AHC

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