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Preview: Bruins vs. Coyotes 12/11/18

Just the Facts

Who: Boston Bruins (16-10-4, 36 Pts) vs. Arizona Coyotes (13-13-2, 28 Pts)

Where: TD Garden

When: 7:00 PM EST

How to Follow Along: NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub

Rival SBN Site: Five for Howling

Know Your Enemy

The Arizona Coyotes are struggling once again this season. They currently sit 7th in the Pacific Division and are 7 points back of a playoff spot. They are 4-5-1 in their last 10, including dropping their last two, at home, to Washington and San Jose.

The biggest news coming out of Arizona as of late is that their starting goalie, Antti Raanta, will likely miss the remainder of the season. In his place has been Adin Hill. The 2015 third round pick has been excellent for the Coyotes, posting a .939 Sv% and 1.62 GAA in 7 appearances for the Coyotes. It is certainly his time to shine in Arizona.

Game Notes

  • The Bruins have won two games in a row and look to continue their streak Tuesday night. Sitting in a wild card spot, with the division lead out of sight (13 points back of Tampa with two games in hand), it is important to beat up on the weaker opponents.
  • The Bruins will play their third game in four nights and fifth in seven. This is certainly a tired team, especially given the travel to Florida, back home, and to Ottawa, before coming back home Sunday night to rest on Monday. The Bruins must have a strong first period.
  • Speaking of starting and ending games, something very strange happened last time these two met. The Bruins took the early lead. The Coyotes answered in the second period to make the score 2-1. About halfway through the third period, the Bruins dominated in puck possession, practically not allowing them to touch the puck. Leading teams normally cave in the third period, but the Bruins went on the attack.

  • For all of you Boston University fans, Clayton Keller will be a fun player to watch Tuesday night. He has 20 points in 28 games, including 6 points in his last 5 games. He leads the team in points and will be the biggest threat on the powerplay for the Coyotes. The Bruins penalty killers must keep an eye on him.

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