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This will be the second and final time these two teams face off. The Boston Bruins will be coming into this game looking for payback as last time, the Calgary Flames scored 4 unanswered goals in front of their home crowd to win the game 4-3 in overtime. The Flames are caught in a three-way tie for third place in the Pacific Division with the L.A. Kings and the San Jose Sharks and will be looking to put some distance between them. Meanwhile, the Bruins are looking to hold onto the second wildcard spot in the Eastern Conference, sitting two points ahead of the Florida Panthers with two games in hand.

Today’s Matchup:

Goaltending: 

The Bruins will be looking to rely on the expertise of Tuukka Rask to lead them in between the pipes and look to extend their winning streak to three games while the Flames are aiming to build off their success with Karri Ramo, who is coming off a 37 save performance against the Flyers on Mar. 3.

Keys to the Game:

The line of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, and Reilly Smith have really gotten things going offensively, combining for 7 points in the last two games. Rookie David Pastrnak has also picked up a goal and an assist. Johnny Gaudreau is looking to make an impact returning to the town where he used to play college hockey. Jiri Hudler scored two goals in their last meeting and now sits at 20 goals and 30 points during the regular season, while Gaudreau has tallied 15 goals and 30 assists of his own.  

Other Factors:

The Bruins will also be looking to try out their trade deadline acquisitions, as Maxime Talbot will be joining the lineup. Unfortunately, Brett Connolly injured his hand during practice and will not play tonight. Status for David Krejci (knee), Gregory Campbell (upper body), and Kevan Miller (shoulder) remains unchanged, and won't be playing tonight, while the Flames will be without Mark Giordano (arm), Paul Byron (lower body), and Ladislav Smid (upper body).

This will be a critical two points for both teams looking to stay in the playoff race.

Via NHL

Drew Yates 3/05/2015 05:17:00 PM Edit

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