The Boston Bruins continue their four-game road trip Tuesday night in St. Louis against a very good Blues team.
One of St. Louis’ biggest strengths is its special teams. The Blues rank seventh in power-play percentage and fifth in penalty killing.
This Blues squad also has plenty of offensive firepower and ranks ninth in goals scored per game. St. Louis is led by first-line winger Vladimir Tarasenko, who ranks fourth in the NHL in scoring with 43 points and fifth in goals with 20.
The Bruins don’t have the skill and forward depth to win a high-scoring game with the Blues, so the B’s need a strong performance from goaltender Tuukka Rask. He’s 3-2-3 with a .919 save percentage and a 2.32 GAA in his career against St. Louis.
Here are the projected lineups for both teams.
BOSTON BRUINS (21-17-5)
Brad Marchand–Patrice Bergeron–David Pastrnak
Frank Vatrano–David Krejci–David Backes
Tim Schaller–Ryan Spooner–Riley Nash
Austin Czarnik–Dominic Moore–Anton Blidh
Zdeno Chara–Brandon Carlo
Torey Krug–Adam McQuaid
Kevan Miller–Colin Miller
ST. LOUIS BLUES (21-14-5)
Alex Steen–Paul Stastny–Nail Yakupov
Robby Fabbri–Jori Lehtera–Vladimir Tarasenko
Jaden Schwartz–Patrik Berglund–David Perron
Scottie Upshall–Kyle Brodziak–Ryan Reaves
Joel Edmundson–Alex Pietrangelo
Brad Hunt–Kevin Shattenkirk
Jay Bouwmeester–Colton Parayko
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