Here’s your Boston Hockey Now Boston Bruins Game Day Preview:
Boston Bruins (7-1-0, 14 pts) vs Columbus Blue Jackets (3-5-0, 6 pts)
TIME: 7 P.M. ET, TD Garden
TV: NESN, BSOH, NHL Network
Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub
If you’re a hockey bettor then you will know that this is what is called a situational bet in the handicapping world. The Boston Bruins, the hottest team in the NHL, go into Columbus riding an emotional high after their star winger Brad Marchand came back to lead them to a 5-1 win with two goals and an assist. However, the Bruins got into town late last night and did so without their second line center in David Krejci. Brad Marchand also won’t be playing against a hungry and desperate team in the Blue Jackets on a Friday night at Nationwide Arena. A team by the way that hasn’t played since Tuesday and will be ticked off after losing 6-3 to the Arizona Coyotes.
Cue the cannon?
If the Boston Bruins want to avoid hearing that God forsaken mechanism, they’re going to need their gutsiest performance
Boston Bruins Notes
–Brad Marchand Marchand will not play tonight though as the Bruins plan to use load management and ease him into the season after offseason hip surgery. Marchand was back in his normal slot on left wing the alongside Boston Bruins captain Patrice Bergeron at center and Jake DeBrusk on the right wing Thursday in his first game of the season. The 34-year-old veteran winger didn’t miss a beat and paced the Bruins to a 5-1 win with two goals and an assist.
-Bruins center David Krejci left the game Thursday 8:30 into the second period and is out tonight against the Blue Jackets. Pavel Zacha, who filled in for Krejci between David Pastrnak and Taylor Hall on Thursday, will likely be their center again tonight. A.J. Greer will draw back in again after not playing on Thursday.
-Boston Bruins defenseman Mike Reilly was the odd-man out Thursday as Jakub Zboril drew in. In order to activate Marchand, the Bruins assigned Reilly to Providence. However, with Krejci and Marchand out against the Blue Jackets, Boston Bruins GM don Sweeney said the Bruins could call Reilly back up and dress seven defensemen.
-Linus Ullmark (5-0-0, 2.01 GAA, .936) will be back between the pipes for the Bruins tonight.
Columbus Blue Jackets Notes
-Blue Jackets sniper Patrik Laine returned this past Tuesday for the loss to the Coyotes after missing six games with an elbow injury. He has one goal in two games.
-Former Boston College star winger and big free agent signing Johnny Gaudreau is off to a great start with his new team. Gaudreau leads the team in goals with five lamplighters and in points with eight.
-2022 sixth overall pick and rookie Blue Jackets defenseman David Jiricek will make his NHL debut tonight.
Boston Bruins Lineup:
Note: Bruins exact roster won’t be set until head coach Jim Montgomery addresses the media at 5:45 PM or until warmups.
????-Patrice Bergeron-Jake DeBrusk
Taylor Hall-Pavel Zacha-David Pastrnak
Trent Frederic-Charlie Coyle-Craig Smith
Nick Foligno-Tomas Nosek-A.J. Greer
Hampus Lindholm-Matt Grzelcyk
Jakub Zboril/Mike Reilly??-Brandon Carlo
Derek Forbort-Connor Clifton
Columbus Blue Jackets Lineup:
Johnny Gaudreau-Jack Roslovic-Patrik Laine
Yegor Chynakov-Cole Sillinger-Jakub Voracek
Gustav Nyquist-Boone Jenner-Kent Johnson
Liam Foudy-Sean Kuraly-Eric Robinson
Zach Werenski-Andrew Peeke
Vladislav Gavrikov-David Jiricek
Gavin Bayreuther-Erik Gudbranson