Boston Bruins Lines and Pairings Against Ottawa Senators Game 3 of the 2017 NHL Playoffs
After a two-year absence, the Boston Bruins are returning home for a postseason game. It’s been a long time coming, but the Boston faithful will be ready to go Monday in game three with the series tied at one win apiece. Though the Bruins are returning home with one win – the goal for any road team heading into the postseason, the momentum is definitely in the Senators favor.
Despite leading game two by a score of 3-1 heading into the third period, the Bruins ultimately lost the game in overtime. It’s easy to look at players and assign blame, but that really shouldn’t be happening given the circumstances. When looking at the Bruins lineup in game one, and in game two, it’s clear the team was decimated by injury.
Heading into game one, the team was down a slew of players. Torey Krug, Brandon Carlo, David Krejci and Noel Acciari were all missing from the lineup. Still, the Bruins found a way to win the game. Heading into game two, however, the team was down that same cast of players with the addition of Colin Miller. By the end of the first period, the Bruins were once again playing with five defenders as Adam McQuaid was forced to leave with an upper-body injury.
Entering game three, the line continues to feature a different look. The good news, however, is David Krejci looks set to return.
Lines and Pairings
With a new-look blueline, the Bruins prepared for game three Monday morning with the return of Krejci to his usual spot on the team’s second line and Acciari skating on the third line.
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-David Backes
Drew Stafford-David Krejci-David Pastrnak
Dominic Moore-Riley Nash-Noel Acciari
Frank Vatrano-Ryan Spooner-Tim Schaller
Zdeno Chara-Charlie McAvoy
Joe Morrow-Kevan Miller
John-Michael Liles-Tommy Cross
Matt Grzelcyk-Colin Miller
As the final lineup is confirmed, these lines will be updated to best reflect the lines in game three. The Bruins scratched Krejci at the last minute ahead of game one, so changes can certainly happen.
Tommy Cross Making His Playoff Debut
With so many injuries on the blueline for the Bruins, Tommy Cross and Matt Grzelcyk were recalled on an emergency basis ahead of game three. While Grzelcyk skated alongside Colin Miller as extra defenders, Cross looks primed for his playoff debut. In addition to skating alongside Liles, Cross also took part on the Bruins’ second power-play unit.
Cross has served as the Providence Bruins captain for the last two seasons. Despite playing in just three NHL games in his career, he has experience with 291 games in a Providence uniform. The 27-year-old has been solid with the P-Bruins and posted a career-high 35 points this season. If he can just play a responsible game on the team’s bottom pairing, he will be doing exactly what the Bruins want from him.
Game three will be an interesting test for the Bruins. With so many injuries on the backend, the team will need to play as a unit and share the effort in a complete 60-minute game. The Bruins cannot afford to drop another game after blowing a 3-1 lead in game two. Only time will tell what will happen, but the city of Boston will be watching with the utmost excitement as playoff hockey has returned to Beantown.