The Boston Bruins (24-12-2, 50 pts) will look to finish their seven-game homestand at 6-1-1 with a win over the Anaheim Ducks (20-16-7, 47 pts), at TD Garden Monday night (7 PM ET, NESN, BSSC, BSSD).
The Bruins are also 7-2-0 in their last nine games on Causeway St and 14-7-1 overall, while the Ducks are 7-9-3 on the road.
After Monday, the Bruins will head on the road for three straight games to close out the month of January. They will play the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday, the Arizona Coyotes on Friday, and the Dallas Stars on Sunday.
As discussed on The Ice Guys Monday, this looks like a better situational spot for the Ducks as the Bruins could be looking ahead to playing the Avalanche and getting on the road. Just a hunch here but take the underdog here and in regulation at +320. Also, take the Ducks +1/2 in the first period at +180.
Prediction: Ducks 5 Bruins 3
Boston Bruins Notes
-The third line for the Boston Bruins were all absolute difference-makers in the win over the Winnipeg Jets Saturday. Charlie Coyle and Oskar Steen each had a goal and an assist and Jake DeBrusk had an assist. There is some real chemistry in this trio and that’s why they will remain together against the Ducks on Monday.
-Brad Marchand wasn’t expected to play Saturday but the Bruins star winger and Hart Trophy candidate couldn’t be held back and battled through an upper-body injury to play and assist on the David Pasternak game-winning powerplay goal early in the third period.
-In addition to Grzelcyk, forward Anton Blidh (upper-body) will miss a second-straight game. Boston Bruins defenseman John Moore is still day-to-day with an upper-body injury. Forward Trent Frederic (upper-body) is also out and there is no timetable for his return. Defenseman Jakub Zboril is out for the season after successful surgery for a torn ACL last month.
Anaheim Ducks Notes
-The young players like Travis Zegras, Sonny Milano, and Troy Terry have not only shown their skill this season for the Ducks but have proven that they have the creativity to embarrass the opponent as Zegras’ ‘Michigan’ pass to Milano back in December showed. Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy is hoping his team isn’t embarrassed by that creativity or a trick play Monday.
Again, as hockey fans, I think you applaud those plays. Hopefully, we don’t get burned by it,” Cassidy said Monday morning.
-Speaking of Terry, Zegras, and Milano, they have been the best offensive players for the Ducks this season. Terry (22g, 14a), leads the team with 36 points, Zegras (10g, 19a) is second in points and Milano (9g, 16a) is third.
-John Gibson, who is expected to start Monday, is 13-10-6 with a 2.53 GAA and .920 save percentage.
Boston Bruins Lines
Brad Marchand – Patrice Bergeron – Craig Smith
Taylor Hall – Erik Haula – David Pastrnak
Jake DeBrusk – Charlie Coyle – Oskar Steen
Nick Foligno – Tomas Nosek – Curtis Lazar
Urho Vaakanainen – Charlie McAvoy
Mike Reilly – Brandon Carlo
Derek Forbort – Connor Clifton
Anaheim Ducks Lines:
Trevor Zegras – Ryan Getzlaf – Rickard Rikell
Derek Grant – Issac Lundestrom – Jakob Silfverberg
Max Comtois – Sam Steel – Vinni Lettieri
Nicolas Deslauriers – Sam Carrick – Buddy Robinson
Hampus Lindholm – Jamie Drysdale
Jacob Larsson – Kevin Shattenkirk
Josh Mahura – Greg Patryn