Boston Bruins v. Avalanche 10/11/2017: Game preview and predictions

BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 08: Tyson Barrie
BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 08: Tyson Barrie /

The Boston Bruins were embarrassed by the Colorado Avalanche on Monday afternoon. On Wednesday night they’ll look to bounce back on the road against the same squad.

A 1-1-0 start is not terrible for the Boston Bruins with the amount of young talent they have on their roster. Still, though, the loss on Monday to the Colorado Avalanche couldn’t be placed on their shoulders.

Tuukka Rask was not his normal self in that game, as he allowed the Avs to score early and often. The first goal for Colorado was a trickler, that Rask surely should have handled.

Now, Boston will face Colorado once again. This time though, they’ll be on the road in Denver. They’ll then stay out on the west coast for games against the Arizona Coyotes and Vegas Golden Knights over the weekend.

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First Star: Tuukka Rask

I predicted it last time, and it didn’t happen. Tonight, Tuukka Rask will record his first shutout of the 2017-18 season. He allowed easy goals on Monday afternoon, especially Colorado’s first, and he’s looking to bounce back. There is no better way to silence a road crowd than with a shutout. A perfect save percentage, on over 30 shots from the Avalanche.

Second Star: David Krejci

In need of a strong start to the season, David Krejci will help the Bruins out big time. I think he has the potential for 2 goals in this one. On top of it, I wouldn’t be surprised if he added an assist or two to David Pastrnak or Jake DeBrusk.

Third Star: Anders Bjork

Anders Bjork will find a way to get on the scoresheet on Wednesday night, either with a goal or an assist. He is going to continue his development this season, but a strong start will go a long way towards leaving him on the Bruins top line.

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Game Prediction: Bruins 5, Avalanche 0

Come on Tuukka! Let me be right this time! The Bruins will shutout the Avs on the road while tallying 5 goals of their own. Slot Krejci down for 2, Pastrnak for 1, Anders Bjork for 1, and an empty-netter for Zdeno Chara. This is going to be a huge W for the Bruins very early in the season.