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Columbus Blue Jackets vs Boston Bruins: Game 6 Preview and Projected Lineups

Overview:

Series: Boston Leads 3-2

Location: Nationwide Arena

Time: 7:00 p.m. ET; (NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS)

 

Boston Notes

Game 5 brought on an exciting 4-3 victory for the Boston Bruins at the TD Garden. Boston could advance to the Eastern Conference Finals against the Carolina Hurricanes if they win tonight’s Game 6 matchup at Nationwide Arena. If they advance, then this will be their third Eastern Conference Finals appearance since 2011. In the last two games, the Bruins won back-to-back. Goaltender Tuukka Rask is one reason the Bruins are leading the series. Before his 101:46 shutout streak ended, he only allowed one goal in the previous 137:50 from Matt Duchene’s power-play goal in Game 3.

Another positive note from Game 5 was All-Star forward David Pastrnak scoring two goals. Boston’s top-six forwards lines scored all four goals in Game 5. If the top lines continue their scoring and Rask stays consistent,  then they will end the Blue Jackets season tonight at their own home-ice.

Columbus Notes

The third period of the game had six goals and showed a lot of back-and-forth excitement. The Columbus Blue Jackets scored three goals within 3:25 during the third period. Before Columbus defenseman Seth Jones scored the first goal, Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask had a 101:46 shutout streak. Head coach John Tortorella wanted his offense to be aggressive on offense.

Columbus’ top-six forwards only scored one goal since Game 4. Forwards Artemi Panarin, Matt Duchene, Cam Atkinson, Pierre-Luc Dubois and Nick Foligno need to step up if they want to force a Game 7. The power-play unit has been 0/6 in both Games 4 and 5. A power-play goal can help gain momentum on offense for Columbus.

Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky needs more breathing room from his team. He allowed four goals on 36 shots in Game 5. He has to have a better game than Tuukka Rask if the team wants to survive.

Bruins projected lineup

Forwards

Brad Marchand — Patrice Bergeron — David Pastrnak

Jake DeBrusk — David Krejci — David Backes

Marcus Johansson — Charlie Coyle — Danton Heinen

Joakim Nordstrom — Sean Kuraly — Chris Wagner

Defense

Zdeno Chara — Charlie McAvoy

Torey KrugBrandon Carlo

Matt Grzelcyk — Connor Clifton

Starting Goalie

Tuukka Rask

Blue Jackets projected lineup

Forwards

Artemi Panarin — Pierre-Luc Dubois — Josh Anderson

Ryan Dzingel — Matt Duchene — Oliver Bjorkstrand

Nick Foligno — Boone Jenner — Cam Atkinson

Alexandre Texier — Brandon Dubinsky — Markus Hannikainen

Defense

Zach Werenski — Seth Jones

Vladislav Gavrikov — David Savard

Scott Harrington — Dean Kukan

Starting Goalie

Sergei Bobrovsky

 

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