Tonight the Boston Bruins play the Minnesota Wild at the TD Garden at 7:08PM. This is the first game between the two teams since last year when each team won the game in their own buildings. The Wils are fresh from a game last night that they lost to the Rangers in New York and perhaps got in late. They had leads of 3-0 and 4-2 during the game before the Rangers came all the way back with five goals in the third period. So perhaps the Bruins may catch the Wild depleted, tired and down in the dumps a bit.
Darcy Kuemper took the loss last night which might mean we will see the oft injured and much older Nikolas Backstrom in net. Zach Parise took a high stick last night and got stitched up and Jonas Brodin and Erik Haula both were injured during the game. The Wild can score and plays a pursue the puck game and has the ability to smother teams defensively. They also have cheap shot artist Matt Cooke on the team.
Keys to the game: The Wild doesn't take many penalties but the power play has to take advantage to keep the Wild from taking physical liberties. The Bruin penalty kill also has to step up, though the Wild have gone 0-24 on the power play and squandered two five minute power plays last night. The Bruins if they roll four lines and stay physical but clean, can wear down the Wild after two periods. Scoring the first goal of the game will also help as the Bruins have a hard time playing from behind.
Concerns: The Wild can score and when on a roll score with 3 lines. They also like to roll four lines but maybe a little depleted after last nights game and not knowing who will play until game time. The Bergeron line needs to score some goals, could be a good night for some breakout goals from Reilly Smith and Brad Marchand.
Extra: Expect the defense to play defense tonight and the forwards to back check. Scoring will come on the power play or it will be a long game and close score.
Until Next Time!