Good afternoon from the TD Garden, where the Bruins are taking on the visiting Canucks, the team that they love to hate. Or just hate.
It’s a rivalry that has maintained its fire, even though the two teams have only faced each other twice since that epic seven-game Stanley Cup Final back in 2011. There was plenty of bad blood spilled in the teams’ January, 2012 matchup, and it again boiled over back in December when the Bruins visited Vancouver for the first time since Game 7.
Game time: 7 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN/98.5 The Sports Hub
Records: Bruins 35-16-3, Canucks 27-21-9
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Reilly Smith
Chris Kelly-Carl Soderberg-Loui Eriksson
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Matt Bartkowski-Kevan Miller
Torey Krug-Dougie Hamilton
Notes: The Canucks won the first matchup of the season, 6-2, in Vancouver, a game that resulted in Ryan Kesler saying that Brad Marchand has “no class.” … This game marks the final one before for the break for Zdeno Chara, with the Bruins captain missing the games in St. Louis and at home against Ottawa to go early to Sochi, Russia, for the Olympics. He will serve as the flag bearer for Team Slovakia. … The Canucks played last night in Detroit and did not skate this morning in Boston. … The referees are Gord Dwyer and Wes McCauley. The linesmen are Andy McElman and Bryan Pancich.