Struggling Bruins Set To Face Tampa Bay In Columbus Day Matinee

Struggling Bruins Set To Face Tampa Bay In Columbus Day Matinee

By: Mike Grinnell

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For the first time in over 16 years, there is a chance the Bruins could start a season 0-3. The Bruins are set to face off against the Tampa Bay Lightning in a Columbus Day matinee on Monday.

The Bruins will be without the likes of Brad Marchand, who is out indefinitely with a concussion, and possibly Zdeno Chara, who has battled an upper body injury and has missed the first two games of the season.

The Bruins have looked atrocious in their first two games, losing to the Jets 6-2, and the Canadiens 4-2. The defense has looked so bad that, in just two games, Matt Irwin has already lost his job, and has been waived by the team.

Irwin, coughed up a back hand puck up the boards, which led to the Canadiens first goal on Saturday night and also had a costly turnover in the Jets game which led to a goal.

The forwards haven’t looked spectacular either. The line of Jimmy Hayes-Ryan Spooner-Brett Connolly has struggled tremendously and has been a defensive liability. Connolly will have the opportunity to skate with Patrice Bergeron and Loui Eriksson against his former team on Monday who drafted him 5th overall in 2010.

The rest of the lineup will look like…

Eriksson – Bergeron – Connolly

Beleskey – Krejci – Pastrnak

Kelly – Spooner – Hayes

Rinaldo – Talbot – Kempainen/Randell

 

The defensive pairings all depend on whether or not we see Captain Zdeno Chara in the lineup. Chara is listed as questionable but I expect to see the 38 year old in the line up on Wednesday.

 

Chara-Morrow/Trotman

Krug-McQuaid

Miller-Miller

The Bruins could be in for another long game against the Lightning on Monday if the defense doesn’t come to play and the forwards don’t finish their scoring opportunities. The Bruins are facing a talented team from Tampa Bay and have yet to see a player with the talent of Steven Stamkos this season, The Lightning are a good hockey team, who will capitalize on mistakes made by the Bruins very quickly, just as Montreal and Winnipeg did. Hopefully, for the Bruins sake, today they put it all together and play a full 60 minutes.

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