Pre-game notes: Kings vs. Bruins 3/24/12

The Bruins are on the west coast this weekend which means Bruins fans will have to stay up late and cheer for the black and gold until the early hours of the morning. Tonight’s match up against the Kings should prove to be an interesting match. And yes, Los Angeles does have an ice hockey team. The Kings have just regained first place in the Pacific division while the Bruins hold on to the Northeast division with a three point lead against Ottawa. With playoffs just around the corner, the Bruins need to pick up the pace and win this game. If they can win the majority of these next nine games, they can enter the playoffs on a good note and maintain their momentum. But first thing’s first – they need to win more games.

Zdeno Chara is playing in his 1000th NHL career game tonight. When Chara plays well, the Bruins usually play just as well. I can only imagine how pumped Zdeno is about tonight’s game and reaching this milestone. The Bruins will hopefully be on their game and set the pace early. That’s the key thing to the game – setting the pace. They can not start off slow and be on the back of their heels for the first period. Asserting their dominance in typical aggressive Bruins fashion will greatly help the Bruins’s chances in winning.

The Kings recently acquired Jeff Carter to their offense before the trade deadline ended in February. They are on an offensive roll. In fact, in their last ten games, they have gone 8-2-0 while the Bruins have gone 4-6-0 despite having consecutive wins against Philly and Toronto last week. The Bruins are starting to get their juice back, and tonight they will get the chance to prove it. They will have to be offensively aggressive if they are going to get anything in net behind Jonathan Quick. Quick has been incredible as of late, with just a 1.96 GAA and a .930 save percentage.

Rolston has been hot for the Bruins with 2 goals and 8 assists. There were also rumors floating around the Pevs will return to the line up tonight, but at this point, it’s all gossip. From what I’ve gathered around the hockey-sphere, if Pevs does return tonight, then someone will have to be a healthy scratch. My guess is it will be Caron. If Peverley does skate tonight, we could really use his speed on the first line.

As of now, it seems that the Bruins will still be without Horton, Pevs, Rask, and Corvo because of injuries.

Projected Line-Ups:

Lucic – Krejci – Caron (Or Pevs if he is healthy enough to play)
Marchand – Bergeron – Seguin
Pouliot – Kelly – Rolston
Paille – Campbell – Thornton

Chara – Seidenberg
Zanon – McQuaid
Ference – Boychuk

Tim Thomas
Marty Turco



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