By: Mike Grinnell
The Boston Bruins will look to win two games in a row at home for the first time all season at the TD Garden, Tuesday night, against Joe Thortnon and the San Jose Sharks.
The Bruins finally put together a 60-minute-effort at home against the Red Wings on Saturday night, beating Detroit 3-1. With Thanksgiving looming, Claude Julien and his team will look to put back-to-back 60-minute efforts at home for the first time all season, Tuesday night against the Sharks.
“You know you win tonight you got the opportunity move up three spots and that’s important. Juien told reporters after Tuesday’s optional skate. “And with Thanksgiving just around the corner we have to take advantage of those games at home and make the most of it. So yes, there is an importance to winning tonight and being able to play a full sixty minute type of effort that we’ve been looking for. So to duplicate that from last Saturday would be important for us.”
The Bruins face off Tuesday night against the San Jose Sharks, who two games into a six game road trip, are 2-0-0. The 9-8-0 Sharks are 6-3-0 on the road this season. Joe Thornton, who was traded from the Bruins 10 years ago, leads the way for the Sharks has the teams first line center, playing alongside Melker Karlsson and Joe Pavelski.
Pavelski is having a good season for himself thus far, through 17 games the right winger has 15 points (9g, 6a) along with newly acquired Joel Ward who has 14 points (8g, 6a) through 17 games.
The Sharks also have Brent Burns on the back-end, who at age 30 has really become a force to be reckoned with. The former forward already has 5 goals and 7 assists as a defensemen on the year and got high praise from Bruins coach Claude Julien.
“They’ve got [Brent] Burns on defense who to me- he’s a beast, you know” Claude Julien told reporters after Tuesday’s morning skate. “So big, strong, mobile, skates well, shoots the puck well. So they’ve got a good asset back there.”
Bruins defensemen Colin Miller skated at the team’s optional skate before Tuesday’s game. Chances are he will be a healthy scratch after sitting out the past two games, put will most likely be a game time decision.
Melker Karlsson – Joe Thornton – Joe Pavelski
Nikolay Goldobin – Patrick Marleau – Joel Ward
Joonas Donskoi – Tomas Hertl – Tommy Wingels
Matt Nieto – Chris Tierney – Mike Brown
Paul Martin – Brent Burns
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Justin Braun
Brenden Dillon – Mirco Mueller
Injured: Logan Couture (broken leg), Ben Smith (head)
Scratched: Micheal Haley, Matt Tennyson
Matt Beleskey – Patrice Bergeron – Brett Connolly
Frank Vatrano – David Krejci – Loui Eriksson
Brad Marchand – Ryan Spooner – Jimmy Hayes
Zac Rinaldo – Joonas Kemppainen – Tyler Randell
Zdeno Chara – Zach Trotman
Dennis Seidenberg – Kevan Miller
Torey Krug – Adam McQuaid
Injured: David Pastrnak (foot), Chris Kelly (fractured leg)
Scratched: Colin Miller, Joe Morrow
(Projected Lineups via NHL.com)