Ducks to Ramble Past Bruins in Anaheim

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Dana Lane

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 5:56 PM GMT

Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017 5:56 PM GMT

Both the Boston Bruins and Anaheim Ducks have been forced to overcome major injuries this season as the teams faceoff at the Honda Center tonight with a puck drop of 10 p.m. ET.

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Boston Bruins at Anaheim Ducks

Between my daily play of the day which can be found on SBR's NHL page and the "Ice Guys," which you can watch every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday on the SBR YouTube channel, we have been fire on the ice. Tuesday night, the Florida Panthers cashed another ticket with a victory over the Dallas Stars. It’s off to California to get tonight’s winner.

Injuries continue to plague the Boston Bruins as word has come down that Brad Marchand and Anders Bjork will not play tonight because of issues suffered against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night. Add those two to a list that already includes Ryan Spooner, Adam McQuaid, David Krejci and David Backes. Krejci is close but no confirmation yet on his return, although he is on the road trip and is a game-time decision.

You know me well enough to know that I don’t like to overreact to injuries, but this is getting ridiculous. Boston’s top line will feature Patrice Bergeron, David Pastrnak and Peter Cehlarik. A line that will have to carry the Bruins to victory because behind them is nothing that inspires me to bet the B’s. The second line features Jordan Szwarz, who has 7 points in 41 career games, who anchors with Frank Vatrano (31 points in 95 career games) and Danton Heinen (2 goals in 20 career games). It’s not so much the small point total as much as the lack of experience together to concerns me. You can do the research, but I can assure you it doesn’t get any better when moving to their third and fourth combinations.

Sure, the Ducks are dealing with their own setbacks with Ryan Getzlaf, Ryan Kesler and Cam Fowler missing time, but the Ducks have had to deal with injuries for a while now and their replacements have had more time to play together. The motivation or mental advantage is a huge part of my handicapping and one would think that motivation lies with the Ducks. This is a game they must have because the only team more banged up than them is the Bruins. With the Bruins just getting swept by the Leafs in a home and home, that tells me Boston doesn't have anything left when it needs to dig deep for a victory. Then you add the travel factor. Going from the East Coast to the West Coast is a major obstacle, especially when it’s the first game on the trip.

The Bruins have dropped seven straight games to the Ducks and four straight in Anaheim. The Ducks are 28-13 in their next game when receiving two days rest or more.

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