Trick or Treat: Which Bruins team will be at the Garden tonight?


Oct 30, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Boston Bruins left wing Jordan Caron (38) and Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Robert Bortuzzo (41) exchange punches during the third period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Pittsburgh Penguins won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

So far, we’ve seen two Boston Bruins teams this season. We’ve seen a serious puck minded and aggressive team that works very well together and finds ways to win. We’ve also seen a sloppy team that creates bad penalties and gives up goals on the penalty kill. At this point, the Boston Bruins are 7-4. Some of those losses were made by bad plays and poor defense.

The Bruins are still one of the best teams in the National Hockey League. We’ve seen their rapid fire brilliance come through for us, especially in the San Jose game. They fought a better team on the ice, and were able to score a last second win. We’ve also seen two points go down the drain due to sloppy stick work and bad penalties like the New Jersey Devils game. So who is showing up tonight?

The ‘good Bruins’ will be in the house tonight. Why? Here are a few reasons. One: There will be that emotional high from the Red Sox winning the World Series. Anytime a hometown team wins it all, the other cities professional teams usually ride that wave to a win. Two: When the Bruins play good teams, they usually play better. They were sloppy against Buffalo, New Jersey, and the Panthers. The usually bring their “A” game to better opponents, and the Anaheim Ducks (10-3-0) are one of the best teams out there. Three: When the Bruins give up a win due to not playing to their identity, they usually rebound by devouring whatever poor sap is next on the schedule.

So, while your kids are out grabbing candy, or you are still recovering from the Red Sox hangover, (congratulations to the 2013 World Series champs!) you’ll see the Boston Bruins go duck hunting at the TD Garden. The duck will get dropped, er puck that is at 7:05 tonight. The game will be on NESN, the NHL Network, and if you can’t watch it, grab the Bruins mobile app to hear it practically anywhere.