The Boston Bruins (9-5-0, 18 pts) will try to extend their win streak to four games when they welcome the Calgary Flames (10-3-5, 25 pts), to TD Garden for the first time since February 25, 2020, to complete the tail end of a back-to-back set for both teams.
The Bruins beat the Philadelphia Flyers 5-2 Saturday and the Flames spoiled the first game ever at UBS arena for the New York Islanders by the same score. The Flames will also be playing the final game of a seven-game road trip that has seen them go 3-1-2 so far.
Boston Bruins goalie Jeremy Swayman will get the nod between the pipes for the B’s after Linus Ullmark was solid in the win Saturday with a 29-save performance. Swayman hasn’t lost since a 3-0 Bruins loss to the Hurricanes on October 28. He has improved to 5-2-0 with a 2.16 GAA and a .914 save percentage since then.
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Former Bruins goalie Dan Vladar will get the nod for the Flames Sunday night. Vladar is 3-0-1 with a 1.96 GAA and a .933 save percentage.
Betting, Prediction: The Boston Bruins have won three straight games by a 5-2 score. Could they extend that unprecedented streak to four games? Could be a fun bet to make as betting $100 on that to be the regulation score could net you $1400. Our prediction? Bruins 4 Flames 1.
Boston Bruins Notes
-Swayman will try to extend his home win streak and earn his ninth NHL victory on TD Garden ice. Swayman’s home cooking was the reason Cassidy decided to go with the rookie goalie on the tail end of this back-to-back.
– Boston Bruins defenseman Derek Forbort chipped in with two goals in the win over the Flyers Saturday. That made three goals from the Bruins’ blue line in two games after Charlie McAvoy lit the lamp twice in the 5-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens a week ago. Four Bruins defensemen have scored a goal or more this season: Forbort (4), McAvoy (3), Brandon Carlo (1), and Mike Reilly (1).
-Reilly and forward Craig Smith returned to the lineup Saturday. Reilly had been a healthy scratch the previous two games and had a solid return. He didn’t register a point but finished a plus 1. Smith had an even better return after also missing the previous two games. The Bruins winger finished with a goal, assist, four shots on net, and was a plus +2 in 13:27 TOI. That was Smith’s first lamplighter of the season.
Calgary Flames Notes
-Flames winger Andrew Mangiapane is tied for second in the NHL in goals scored with 14 lamplighters. Mangiapane leads the Flames in scoring. Former Boston College star Johnny Gaudreau leads the Flames in assists with 14 and in points with 21.
– Former Boston Bruins winger Milan Lucic returns to TD Garden for the fourth time since being traded by the Bruins to the Los Angeles Kings on June 26, 2015.
-Norwood, MA native, and former Boston College defenseman, Noah Hanifin will be making a homecoming as well. Hanifin has six assists in 17 games this season.
-As mentioned above, former Bruins goalie Dan Vladar is starting for the Flames. Before being traded to the Flames for a 2022 third-round draft pick this past July 28, Vladar played five games for the Bruins last season. Vladar went 2-2-1 with a 3.40 GAA and a .886 save percentage.
Boston Bruins Lines
Brad Marchand – Patrice Bergeron – David Pastrnak
Taylor Hall – Charlie Coyle – Nick Foligno
Jake DeBrusk – Erik Haula – Craig Smith
Anton Blidh – Tomáš Nosek – Curtis Lazar
Derek Forbort – Charlie McAvoy
Matt Grzelcyk – Brandon Carlo
Mike Reilly – Jakub Zboril
Calgary Flames Lines
Johnny Gaudreau – Elias Lindholm – Matthew Tkachuk
Blake Coleman – Mikael Backlund – Andrew Mangiapane
Dillon Dube – Sean Monahan – Tyler Pitlick
Milan Lucic – Brad Richardson – Trevor Lewis
Noah Hanafin – Rasmus Andersson
Oliver Kylington – Chris Tanev
Nikita Zadorov – Erik Gudbranson