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.
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.
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.