Saturday, December 17, 2022 - 1:00 P.M. EST
TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
TV: NHL Network, Bally Sports Ohio; Radio: 97.1 FM
Opponent’s Blog: Stanley Cup of Chowder
Columbus Blue Jackets (10-17-2, 22 points, 8th Metro, 16th East)
Boston Bruins (23-4-2, 37 points, 1st Atlantic, 1st East)
The Columbus Blue Jackets wrap up their road trip with their toughest challenge yet when they take on the Boston Bruins in Beantown. The Bruins are an absolute WAGON this year, boasting a top-2 offense and the top defense in the league. This is a team built to go deep into the playoffs and have been firing on all cylinders from the start of the year. They have yet to lose at home in regulation this season.
Since they have pretty much no chance on paper according to the season stats, it only makes sense the Jackets will march into TD Garden and be the first to defeat the Bruins at the end of 60 minutes, right?
Player(s) to Watch
The Kid Line (Marchenko/Sillinger/Johnson)
It only took 30 games, but head coach Brad Larsen finally let the kids loose! For maybe the first time this season, Larsen didn’t staple his young players to the bench in the third period while attempting to score a late goal to tie a game. He was very pleased with the performance of that line, and they generated the only goal of the game. Cole Sillinger was very noticeable all night, really driving the line. I agree with Lars when he said it was probably Sillinger’s best game of the year. Kent Johnson did Kent Johnson things, flashing his skill with the puck.
Whether or not they get the same ice time today remains to be seen, but its a promising sign that the young guys are finally getting rewarded for their strong play. There is nothing else to play for aside from the development of these players.
While Brad Larsen “rewarded” the kid line with increase ice time, it came at the expense of the Jackets top six. He opted to send the Jackets third and fourth lines out on the ice much more frequently in the dying minutes of the third while trying to catch the lightning. Yeah, they weren’t great, but this almost feels like a petty benching that could have the opposite effect than what Larsen was going for. Could that be the type of move that causes players to (further) tune out a coach that they don’t believe puts them in the best position to win?
The other Bench
Boston did something on Thursday they’re not used to doing this year. They lost at home. The Bruins blew a two goal lead in the third period, eventually losing in a shootout to the Los Angeles Kings. Not that there is a shred of panic in that locker room, but head coach Jim Montgomery said the team was frustrated with their performance the other night. I’d expect them to come out annoyed with their game and really look to make a statement and get back on track. The Jackets will need to weather the early storm tomorrow afternoon if they want any shot of stealing this game from a salty bruins team.
10/28/22 BOS 4 @ 1 CBJ
12/17/22 CBJ @ BOS
3/30/23 CBJ @ BOS
|3.79 (2)||GPG||2.79 (27)|
|2.14 (1)||GAPG||4.07 (31)|
|27.9% (3)||PP%||13.9% (32)|
|85.7% (1)||PK%||79.0% (17)|
|52.9% (5)||5v5 Shot Attempt %||45.5% (29)|
|53.6% (5)||5v5 Unblocked shot attempt %||45.3% (29)|
|8.7 (13)||5v5 Shooting %||8.8 (12)|
|.938 (2)||5v5 Save %||.891 (32)|
|David Pastrnak, 19||G Leader||Boone Jenner and Johnny Gaudreau, 10|
|David Pastrnak, 21||A Leader||Johnny Gaudreau, 21|
|Pasta...duh, 40||P Leader||Johnny Gaudreau, 31|
|A.J. Greer, 35||PIM Leader||Mathieu Olivier, 41|
|15-0-2||Home / Road||2-7-1|
Columbus Blue Jackets
|Gus Nyquist||Boone Jenner||Johnny Gaudreau|
|Patrik Laine||Jack Roslovic||Yegor Chinakhkov|
|Kent Johnson||Cole Sillinger||Kirill Marchenko|
|Eric Robinson||Sean Kuraly||Mathieu Olivier|
|Vladislav Gavrikov||Marcus BJORK|
|Tim Berni||Erik Gudbranson|
|Jake Christiansen||Andrew Peeke|
|Brad Marchand||Patrice Bergeron||Jake DeBrusk|
|Pavel Zacha||David Krejci||David Pastrnak|
|Taylor Hall||Charlie Coyle||Trent Frederic|
|Nick Foligno||Tomas Nosek||A.J. Greer|
|Derek Forbort||Charlie McAvoy|
|Hampus Lindholm||Connor Clifton|
|Mark Grzelcyk||Brandon Carlo|