Thank You Kessel: Bruins/ Maple Leafs Preview

That “thank you” will never ever get old in Boston, just saying. Tonight the Boston Bruins will square off against division rivals the Toronto Maple Leafs in Toronto. This is the first of four meetings between the North East division rivals. Looking back to the last season, the Bruins won all six meetings against the Leafs outscoring them 36-10. This is a new season, a shortened season at that, so it’s really any ones game.

Boston is coming off of their first regulation loss against the Buffalo Sabres and are looking to maintain their first place division lead. On the other hand, Toronto is looking to increase their win streak to three after beating out the Washington Capitals for their first win and the Sabres earlier this week.

Will Marchand continue to lead the team in goals? (Credit:Flickr/Steph Vail)

Bruins missing 2/3 of their fourth line:
Both Shawn Thornton and Daniel Paille did not make the trip to Toronto and as of now are both out with injuries. Thornton suffered a concussion in the first period of Thursday’s game while Paille is out with an injury from a high sticking in the third period. Both men left the ice and never returned to the game.

AHL coming up big for both teams:
Because the “Merlot line” is out for the time being the Bruins will rely on their Providence boys to make up for loss players. Jamie Tardif  was recalled on an emergency basis on Friday while Chris Bourque and Lane Macdermid have been switching between playing and healthy scratch since the season started. All three are expected to play tomorrow.

On Toronto’s end they are also relying on their AHL team. Matt Frattin has four goals and two assists in four games since he was called up from the Toronto Marlies. He’s currently playing on a line with fellow AHL linemates Nazem Kadri and Leo KomarovKadri leads the Leafs with seven points (three goals, four assists) in seven games. It looks like this lines chemistry has been successful as Frattin scored the game winner against the Caps on Thursday.

Boston’s Best:
David Krejci and Nathan Horton both have five-game points streaks and are looking to continue this tonight.
– Brad Marchand had a team high five goals and scored two of them against Buffalo on Thursday.

Injury report:
Like I said, Boston will be without Thornton and Paille. Toronto has Joffrey Lupul (broken forearm), Clarke MacArthur (lacerated pinkie) and Mike Brown (shoulder) on its injury list.

Puck drops tonight at 7pm on NESN!

For the Maple Leafs side of things be sure to check out Maple-Glazed!

 

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Providence Preseason Starts Tonight

If you were hoping to get some Bruins related hockey back into your life come October, look no further than the Providence Bruins. Though all preseason NHL games have been cancelled, tonight marks the preseason opener for the P-Bruins. On hand to play these games is a slew of Bruins prospects/familiar names to B’s fans.

The P-Bruins will face off tonight against the Springfield Falcons at the New England Sports Center in Marlborough and you can be sure that prospects like Jared Knight, Ryan Spooner, Torey Krug, Justin Florek and Tommy Cross will be getting a lot of playing time.

Providence Coach Bruce Cassidy had this to say about his lineup:

“All our tryout guys will play in the first two games,” said Cassidy. “Our young guys like Florek, Krug, Spooner and Knight will play at least one and maybe both games [in Marlborough]. The odd guy might play in all three [preseason games], and then it will be our probably lineup playing Saturday.” (Via CSNNE)

Because of the lockout, Cassidy has his hands full of Bruins/P-Bruins talent and there are only so many spots on the team. Odds are a lot of these guys will end up in the ECHL until the lockout comes to an end. I think he is taking this preseason as a try out of sorts for the younger guys.

Whatever happens, happens but if you’re craving some Bruins action in your life then be sure to check out a Providence game in the future. And be sure to check back here as we’ll be keeping you updated with the progress the team makes, and transactions of players.

Daily Countdown: 108 Days B’s Preseason Dates!

(Credit: Flickr/Bridget Samuels)

So today’s countdown gives us fans something to look forward too. Today the team announced it’s rookie camp, training camp, and preseason schedule!

Here’s the schedule for you, consider it something to make October come a lot sooner:

BOSTON BRUINS PRESEASON SCHEDULE

Friday, September 14

-Rookie Camp opens (Ristuccia Arena, Wilmington, MA)

Friday, September 21

-Training Camp opens (Ristuccia Arena, Wilmington, MA)

Tuesday, September 25

-Boston Bruins at Washington Capitals (Verizon Center, Washington, DC, 7:00 p.m. ET)

Wednesday, September 26

-Boston Bruins at Buffalo Sabres (First Niagara Center, Buffalo, NY, 7:00 p.m. ET)

Saturday, September 29

-Boston Bruins vs. Winnipeg Jets (Credit Union Centre, Saskatoon, SK, 7:00 p.m. local/9:00 p.m. ET)

Sunday, September 30

-Boston Bruins at Winnipeg Jets (MTS Centre, Winnipeg, MB, 7:00 p.m. local/8:00 p.m. ET)

Wednesday, October 3

-Boston Bruins vs. Washington Capitals (TD Garden, Boston, MA, 7:00 p.m. ET)

Friday, October 5

-Boston Bruins vs. Buffalo Sabres (TD Garden, Boston, MA, 7:00 p.m. ET)

Saturday, October 6

-Boston Bruins at Montreal Canadiens (Bell Centre, Montreal, QC, 7:00 p.m. ET)

More details like rosters, camp information, media availability and full practice schedules will be released as the season gets closer.