On Sunday afternoon, the Boston Bruins will look to right the ship as they take on the Minnesota Wild in the marquee contest of NBC’s newest annual promotion, Hockey Day In America. The game will take place in the epicenter of hockey in the United States. A place where hockey in treated with almost as much importance as life’s essentials. A place that holds it’s own on the intercollegiate hockey circuit and completely dominates the US high school hockey scene. The game will emanate from Minneapolis’ Xcel Energy Center and will be broadcast live on NBC, beginning at 3:30 PM.
Tonight’s Line-Up (Subject To Change):
Scratches– …… Bodnarchuk (Healthy) , Peverley (MCL) ,Horton (Concussion)
NEWS & NOTES
–Following last Wednesday’s 4-3 win in Montreal, the Bruins once again failed to string together back-to-back wins as they fell 4-2 to the Jets on Friday in Winnipeg. The Black and Gold have not been able to put together a two-game winning streak since (ironically) defeating the Habs and Jets at TD Garden…… back on January 10th and 12th.
– Over the course of an 82-game season, it’s hard to pinpoint individual games that could make the difference in the success of a team’s year. However, with both team’s struggling mightily as of late, today’s contest holds a particular importance. Over their last 30 combined games, the B’s and Wild have compiled an underwhelming 10-17-3 record.
– Since the team’s inception back in the year 2000, the Bruins and Wild have only met eleven times. The Wild hold a clear advantage over the B’s, besting the Bruins in nine of the eleven meetings, including holding an astounding 6-0-0 record at TD Garden. However, Boston was victorious in their last trip to Minnesota, taking home a 2-1 shootout win on November 25, 2009.
– Following the loss in Winnipeg, his fifth consecutive defeat, Tuukka Rask is expected to be back in his usual seat at the end of the Boston bench today. Tim Thomas will likely be starting this afternoon, making his 39th appearance of the season.
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