As a heads-up, the chances of seeing a recap of tonight's game is slim-to-none -- at least not until later tomorrow at best. It's the holidays and we're very important people, as you might expect, so we have parties to go to and shenanigans to get into. We're sure you'll survive.
"We have to win Thursday." --Mark Recchi (NESN)
Tonight's game is huge for the Bruins. They're still two points behind the Habs in the Northeast and have a few games on them, meaning a win would allow the Bruins jump from 8th place seed to 3rd, should the Habs lose to the 'Canes tonight.
Of course, playoffs are still way in the future.
What's more important is finding the Bruins' heart, which Patrice Purrgeron risked life and limb to find. Bruins need to show their coaches, management and the fans that they care.
Bruins had an "emotion" practice on Tuesday, followed by a "sharpening skills" practice yesterday. Hard practices are great, but let's break the math down:
Win = 2 points
OTL = 1 point
Good practice = 0 points
So those two good practices this week still means the Bruins haven't done diddly in the standings.
Tonight we find out if those practices translate on the ice.
And what better opponent than the Thrashers who are doing well this year?
Now don't give the Thrash too much credit. The teams they've laid waste to this month aren't exactly Cup contenders: 6-3 win over Leafs, 7-1 win over Devils, 4-3 win over Ottawa, 5-4 win over Islanders, 3-2 win over Predators, and 3-1 win over Caps (who are a Cup contender, yes, but were in the midst of an 8-game losing streak). Teams the Thrash have lost to this month: Blues 2-4, 'Canes 2-3, Lightning 1-2, Aves 2-4 and Pitt 2-3.
Still, the Trash are considered a hot team and the Bruins need to win this game to get some points, show some heart, and go into this mini-Christmas break with a victory under their belts.
After the jump... projected roster... game day links... game day video...