3 Keys: Calgary Flames @ Boston Bruins

How Boston can ensure The Flames don’t burn down TD Garden

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The 9-12-1 Calgary Flames are visiting Boston tonight, looking to capitalize on a vulnerable Bruins’ team that is certainly lacking confidence after last night’s loss. Former Bruin Chad Johnson is expected in net tonight for Calgary, while the Bruins’ goalie situation is unknown, and will likely remain that way until gametime. Seeing as Rask had a less than impressive start last night, there’s a good chance Anton Khudobin will get the start. However, with Zdeno Chara out, Boston will likely want their starter in to give some reliability in net. As I said, it’s unknown. Tune in at 7:30 to find out!

 

Regardless of the goalie, the Bruins are going to need the win tonight, and if they’re going to do that, they’ll have to do these three things:

 

1. Take Advantage of a Beaten Up Opponent –

There have been very few games where Boston is playing against a team with as many or more injuries as they have, but tonight is one of the rare occasions. Without Gaudreau already, its possible Calgary could be without Kris Versteeg as well. This would mean 4 players, 2 of them established stars, would sit tonight  for the Flames, whereas Boston would be missing only Zdeno Chara, Noel Acciari and Frank Vatrano who has missed the entire season to date. Boston needs to take advantage of the lack of firepower (pun absolutely intended) on the Flames’ offense, and respond by pushing the puck, and giving no room to the beat-up Calgary team.

2. PASTA! PASTA! PASTA! –

Man, I love David Pastrnak! The kid does great things, and helps the team. Of course, I’d never put him ahead of a guy like Bergeron (have you noticed he’s been quiet lately?), but he’s on a tear right now, and you need to put the puck where it’s got a shot at going in. Right now, your best chance at a goal, is through David Pastrnak.

3. Play Smart Defense – 

We do NOT need a repeat of the mistakes last night. Our defense has to play smart, disciplined hockey. They need patience, and to play with instinct. They’ve been overthinking things lately, and in hockey, there’s no time to think. Play as if Zdeno was in the lineup still, and just be smart. Smart hockey, is winning hockey, and winning hockey, is fun to watch.

 

Projected line-ups:

Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak

Spooner-Krejci-Backes

Beleskey-Nash-Czarnik

Schaller-Moore-Hayes

Liles-Carlo

Krug-McQuaid

Morrow-K Miller

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MY LINE-UP:

Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak

Spooner-Krejci-Backes

Beleskey-Nash-Czarnik

Schaller-Moore-Hayes

Krug-Carlo

Liles-K Miller

Morrow-McQuaid

Khudobin

Rask

 

PREDICTION: CGY 2-5 BOS

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