Sports talk in Boston these days may be dominated by the Boston Red Sox and their October run, but very quietly the Boston Bruins have put together two impressive back to back wins. The Bruins have scored 10 goals over their past two games, first shutting out the Buffalo Sabres 4-0 last week, then getting past the Ottawa Senators 6-4 on Monday evening. Up next: the Edmonton Oilers tonight at 7pm ET.
So, what’s the plan? Never change a winning lineup, right? Well apparently Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy doesn’t believe in that philosophy. Despite looking impressive the past two games, Cassidy has still elected to tinker with his lineup for tonight’s game.
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Pregame updates per Bruce Cassidy:
Joakim Nordstrom going in tonight as second line left wing. Jake DeBrusk will play the right.
Jaroslav Halak will get the start in goal. Tuukka Rask goes Saturday.
It looks like rookie Ryan Donato will sit out tonight in favor of Joakim Nordstrom. For what it’s worth, here’s how the team lined up at this morning’s skate:
Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - David Pastrnak
Joakim Nordstrom - David Krejci - jake DeBrusk
Danton Heinen - David Backes - Anders Bjork
Chris Wagner - Sean Kuraly - Noel Acciari
Zdeno Chara - Charlie McAvoy
Matt Grzelcyk - Kevan Miller
John Moore - Brandon Carlo
As mentioned above, back up Jaroslav Halak will get the start tonight against the Oilers, while starter Tuukka Rask watches from the bench and prepares for Saturday’s game against the Detroit Red Wings.
In other Bruins news the team announced that Saturday’s 7pm ET game against the Detroit Red Wings has been moved up to 3pm ET, in order as to not compete with Game One of the American League Championship Series between the Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros.
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BREAKING: Bruins move up start time to 3 p.m. for Sat game in Boston vs. Red Wings. Previously slated for 7 p.m.
The Red Sox, of course, defeated the New York Yankees 403 Tuesday night in Game Four of the American League Divisional Series to move on in the MLB postseason. Boston is a huge sports town, so maybe we shouldn’t be surprised by this move, but it’s fair to say that not ever Boston sports fan agrees with this move.
The Bruins are facing some online backlash from fans who have already bought tickets to Saturday’s game and are now forced to change plans, or have their tickets go unused. Ouch. Imagine paying $100+ to watch a game and then finding out that the team switched the start time on you. Not cool, Bruins. Not cool at all.
On the other hand, those of us without tickets have our entire afternoon and evening of Boston sports all planned out. Thanks very much, Bruins.