Las Vegas–After their 6-3 loss to the Detroit Red Wings this past Friday the Vegas Golden Knights welcome into town another storybook hockey franchise and original six organization the Boston Bruins.
For the Golden Knights, this is the 2nd time this season in which they play another pioneer hockey club of the National Hockey League and 6-time Stanley Cup Champions.
This original six franchise is considered to be another flagship hockey organizations in the NHL with a storybook history that featured the greats in Edward Shore, Lionel Hitchman, Bobby Orr, Aubrey Clapper, Phil Esposito, Cam Neely, John Bucyk, Milt Schmidt, Terry O’Reilly, and Raymond Bourque.
For the Bruins, they are ranked number 3 in the NHL with the most retired players in the league, behind the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montréal Canadiéns.
Former forward Neely, he was the most recent player to have his number retired by the organization.
Last season, the Bruins were bested by the Ottawa Senators in the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs 4 games to 2. They finished off the regular season with a 44–31–7
They finished off the regular season with a 44–31–7 record for 95 points.
With the former 6-time Stanley Cup Champions, they currently sit in 6th place in the NHL’s Atlantic Division with a 2-2-0 record with 4 points.
The Bruins are coming off of a 6-2 victory over the Arizona Coyotes.
Leading the pack for the Bruins in the goal scoring department heading into today’s game is forward Brad Marchand who has 3 on the season followed by Jake DeBrusk, David Pastrnak, and Tim Schaller with 2 each.
Their assists leaders are David Krejci and Danton Heinen who have 4 and 3 respectively.
For the Bruins, their current captain is defenseman Zdeno Chára. “Big Z” as he is known in the hockey world has been the leader of the hockey club since 2006 and is the 2nd European born hockey player and captain to lead a franchise to the Stanley Cup back in 2011. He also a former James Norris Trophy Winner from the 2008-09 season.
The early season surprise for the Golden Knights came to end on Friday when the Detroit Red Wings defeated the newest team in the league by a 6-3 final and handing the Vegas franchise their 1st regular season loss in the organization inaugural season.
The Golden Knights enter into this contest with a 3-1-0 record for 6 points and sit currently in 3rd place in the Pacific Division behind Los Angeles and Calgary.
Their hot start from veteran goaltender and 3-time Stanley Cup Champion Marc-André Fleury who has been impressive between the pipes with a 1.32 GAA and .963 save percentage but that was not the case in their 6-3 loss at the hands of Henrik Zetterberg and Gustav Nyquist from this past Friday. Those two Red Wings forwards stole the show in Vegas.
Forward James Neal is coming into this matchup vs. Boston with 4 game goal scoring on the line and has 6 on the season. Neal continues to set historical milestones in his 1st season with the Golden Knights.
Neal currently leads the Golden Knights in goals with 6, while forwards David Perron and Brendan Leipsic along with defenseman Luca Sbisa have 3 assists.
Before their game against the Bruins, the Golden Knights made a series roster moves as the team has placed goaltender Fleury and forward Jonathan Marchessault on the injured reserve list and the team has recalled goaltender Maxime Lagace and forward Alex Tuch from the American Hockey League’s Chicago Wolves.
Fleury (concussion) and Marchessault (lower body injury) are expected to miss at least a week.
Tuch has been producing for the Chicago Wolves with 5 points on the season with them (4 goals and 1 assist).
For Lagace, he has a 1-1-0 record and a goals-against-average of 4.05 in two games with the Chicago Wolves.
The Golden Knights look to get back to their winning ways that carried them during their hot start that opened their inaugural season with a 3-0-0 record something that was never done before in the NHL’s first 100 year history.
Official Broadcast Schedule
Tonight’s puck drop is at 4:00 pm PT. Las Vegas
Television: The matchup will on AT&T SportsNet. This is DIRECTV channel 684, U-verse channels 757 (SD) and 1757 (HD), Cox Cable channels 313 (SD) and 1313 (HD), and CenturyLink channels 760 (SD) and 1760 (HD).
Radio: The radio broadcast is on FOX Sports Radio 98.9 FM/1340 AM.