By: Erin Walsh
The Boston Bruins are headed out to the “Mile High City” to face the Colorado Avalanche on the back end of the home-and-home series. The Av’s faithful will fill the stands as the Bruins look to upset Colorado in their home opener. Bruins star center Patrice Bergeron has been ruled out for tonight’s game with a lower body injury, this will be the third game he has missed.
The Bruins were blanked 4-0 by the Avalanche on Monday afternoon at TD Garden to move to 1-1-0 on the season. Tonight marks the final time the B’s will be competing with the Avalanche this season and it is a must win game tonight to put the Bruins in the winning column.
With Patrice Bergeron out of the lineup again, the veterans need to step up and lead the kids and this Bruins team to victory. The Bruins need to play like they did on opening night against Nashville. They must play with intensity and energy if they want to be this Av’s team who seems to be a much better team this season.
The kids will be turned to for energy and tenacity while the veterans will be able to provide leadership as well as skill. The team needs to capitalize on their power-play and scoring chances and put the puck in the back of the net, this is the only way to win a game. Ryan White was signed to a PTO and he could possibly be in the lineup tonight. Forward Danton Heinen was recalled from Providence and he could also be in the lineup tonight as Bergeron, Backes, and Acciari are on injured reserve.
Tuukka Rask needs to have a strong game tonight as he did not play very well on Monday. If Rask stands tall tonight, the Bruins should win this game. Semyon Varlamov has been brilliant in goal for the Av’s so far this season, the Bruins need to play their game in order to get the puck past him.
Players to watch for tonights game:
Boston- Brad Marchand, Anders Bjork, Charlie McAvoy, Danton Heinen
Colorado- Mikko Rantanen, Matt Duchene, Nail Yakupov, Gabriel Landeskog
The game will air at 9:30 PM EST on NESN.
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