Boston Bruins Causeway GameDay! B’s look to clip some Wings

BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 23: David Pastrnak
BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 23: David Pastrnak /
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Today’s tilt will mark the fifth and final game of Brad Marchand’s suspension. The Boston Bruins will look to turn the screw on first-placed Tampa Bay.

With the Tampa Bay Lightning getting a bit of a lesson from Connor McDavid last night, our focus turns back to the black-and-gold. The Boston Bruins are five points off top spot in the Atlantic with three games in hand over their Floridian rivals.

Motown Mission

Today’s task is to beat a slightly better-than-expected Detroit Red Wings team. Many expected this team to be the basement dwellers of the Atlantic Division but have found some stiff competition in Montreal, Ottawa and Buffalo.

The last time the Bruins played the Red Wings they relied on a late rally and overtime winner from Brad Marchand. They will expect a more polished performance this evening.

Bruins Injuries

The Bruins will be without Kevan Miller, Noel Acciari and Anders Bjork with none of them travelling to Detroit.

Bruce Cassidy expects the players to be re-evaluated on Wednesday.

Austin Czarnik- Hometown Boy

The Detroit native will get the nod to play on the right-side of the fourth line as Noel Acciari is still out with an injury.

Tuesday’s Projected Lineup

Tuukka Rask will get the start in goal, while Paul Postma will be the healthy scratch:

Danton Heinen – Patrice Bergeron – David Pastrnak
Jake DeBrusk – David Krejci – Ryan Spooner
Tim Schaller – Riley Nash – David Backes
Frank Vatrano – Sean Kuraly – Austin Czarnik

Zdeno Chara – Charlie McAvoy
Torey Krug – Brandon Carlo
Matt Grzelcyk – Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Prediction

Atlantic division games are always tricky to predict but it is hard to look past this Bruins team. I expect a game of intensity and jump, when everyone buys into the system, the Bruins have a chance every night.

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Bruins to have another night, and take the Red Wings 4-1 to mount the pressure on the Tampa Bay Lightning.