2 p.m.: The Bruins just got done as good of a three-game road trip as you can have. The B’s outscored their opponents 13-4 in wins over Florida, Tampa Bay and Buffalo.
But none of those teams tested the Bruins like they’ll be tested Thursday night at TD Garden. The club returns home to find the San Jose Sharks waiting for them. Not only do the Bruins have to complete the second night of a back-to-back, but they will have to do so against a Sharks team that is among the best in hockey. In fact, you could make the argument that the Sharks are the best team in hockey. They enter Thursday’s game as the only team in hockey without a regulation lost, and their 8-0-1 record gives them a league-high 17 points. San Jose’s plus-24 goal differential is also the best in the league, and it’s not even close. Colorado is second in the league at plus-16.
It won’t help the Bruins that they’ll likely be without second-line winger Loui Eriksson. The new Bruins forward was the victim of a scary hit Wednesday night in Buffalo. John Scott delivered a dirty shoulder to Eriksson’s head. The hit was bad enough to keep Eriksson in Buffalo for the night, and his status is up in the air.
If Eriksson isn’t in the lineup, that will likely mean Jordan Caron will be back in the mix for the Bruins. He’s sat the last two nights with the return of Carl Soderberg on Saturday in Tampa, but Caron might be called upon to replace Eriksson. That would likely bump Brad Marchand back to the second line alongside Patrice Bergeron and Reilly Smith.
Puck drop from the Garden is slated for 7 p.m.
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