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Bruins set to battle Blues without Chara


Game #56: Boston Bruins (36-16-3) vs. St. Louis Blues (37-12-6)

Location: Scottrade Center

Time: 8:00 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN/98.5 The Sports Hub

Both the Blues and Bruins enter this game ranked among the top ten teams in the NHL. This meeting marks the second and final game between these two foes this season. The Blues upended the Bruins 3-2 in a shootout back on Nov. 21 at TD Garden. Derek Roy netted the game winner.

The Bruins are fesh off a 3-1 victory over Vancouver while the Blues just fell 4-3 to Ottawa.

Boston will be challenged in combating a physical Blues team without their top defenseman Zdeno Chara. Chara left the team following Tuesday’s victory over the Canucks. He’ll be in Sochi to carry the Slovakian flag during the opening ceremonies at the Winter Olympics.

Defenseman David Warsofsky was called up from Providence and should inherit some of Chara’s minutes against the Blues.

The Bruins have secured points in eight of their last nine games, going 7-1-1 over that stretch. With only two games remaining prior to the Olympic break, securing two points against the Blues could go along way in keeping pace with the Pittsburgh Penguins atop the Eastern Conference standings.

The Blues are jostling for position in the Central, battling the Chicago Blackawks for tops in the divsion.  They are 5-4-1 in their last 10 games and like the Bruins, understand the importance of earning points this time of year.

St. Louis captain David Backus has been red hot of late. Backus has scored three goals in his last five games.

Boston’s top line of David Krejci, Jarome Iginla and Milan Lucic are amidst a dominant run. Iginla has 11 points in his last six games. Lucic has nine points in his last seven and Krejci has tallied points in four of his last six.

It’s also worth noting Boston forwards Carl Soderberg and Loui Eriksson are both riding four-game point streaks.

 

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