Description: Bruins left wing Brad Marchand scored in the final two minutes of regulation, but he only prolonged the inevitable as Boston was eliminated from playoff contention on Saturday.
Insight: Pittsburgh's victory over Buffalo actually eliminated Boston, but the Bruins also lost in a shootout. To their credit, it was admirable Marchand scored and forced overtime even though the team knew it meant nothing. Marchand finished the season with 24 goals and 18 assists.
Description: Bruins defenseman Zach Trotman scored his first National Hockey League goal, which proved to be the game-winner in the, 3-2, victory over the Red Wings on Thursday.
Insight: What a time to get your first NHLgoal. Trotman had the puck on the leftside of Red Wings goaltender Petr Mrazek when Trotman just casually sent the puck to the front of the net. Mrazek was unable to play it as the puck sneaked under his left arm. The victory moves Boston into a tie with Detroit for third place in the Atlantic Division race.
Description: Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask won his 32nd game of the 2014-15 season on Tuesday.
Insight: Rask had a tough start to the game, allowing two goals on 14 shots in the first two periods, but he made 10 saves and didn't yield a goal in the third. Rask made 22 saves in the victory. He is 32-19-12 this season.
Description: Bruins winger Milan Lucic scored the game-winning goal with under two minutes to go in regulation as Boston defeated Florida, 3-2, on Tuesday.
Insight: This was pretty much a must-win for Florida, who is chasing Boston for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Lucic also had an assist on the game-tying goal earlier in the third period. Lucic has 18 goals and 26 assists in 76 games this season.
Description: Bruins winger Milan Lucic had a pair of goals in the, 4-2, victory over the Rangers on Saturday.
Insight: This was a huge victory for Boston, who has moved back into the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, but Ottawa was played two fewer games and is just two points behind Boston. The Bruins have just seven games remaining. Lucic has 17 goals, 25 assists, plus-12 rating and 79 penalty minutes this season.
Description: Bruins center Patrice Bergeron scored his 21st goal of the season on Sunday versus the Lightning.
Insight: Bergeron scored the first goal of the game, but Tampa Bay then scored the next four goals as Tuukka Rask stopped just eight of 12 shots before Bruins coach Claude Julien pulled him for backup Niklas Svedberg. Bergeron has 30 assists with his 20 goals in 72 games this season.
Description: Bruins center David Krejci (torn MCL) has practiced the past two days and could return as soon as Saturday.
Insight: Interestingly, Krejci has been practicing as a right winger. Ryan Spooner has been playing well alongside Milan Lucic and David Pastrnak, so Krejci could end up on a line with Patrice Bergeron.
Description: Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask earned his third shutout of the season with a, 2-0, victory over the Penguins on Saturday.
Insight: Pittsburgh played without Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin the last two periods to make Rask's job much easier, but fantasy owners will take it. Rask is on a three-game winning streak. The surge is definitely helping owners in the playoffs.
Description: Bruins left wing Daniel Paille scored twice during Sunday's victory against the Red Wings.
Insight: He also finished with three shots on goal and a plus-two rating. Paille is not a fantasy option, with just five goals and 12 points through 63 games. Loui Eriksson, David Pastrnak, and Brad Marchand also lit the lamp for Boston on Sunday.
Description: Bruins left wing Brad Marchand played the role of hero during Saturday's overtime victory against the Flyers.
Insight: He finished with two goals, and both of them were massive. Marchand scored to tie the game with less than 15 seconds left in regulation, and lit the lamp for the OT winner, with just over two minutes remaining. He also recorded four shots on goal. Zdeno Chara was the other Bruin to score on the afternoon.
Description: Bruins winger Loui Eriksson was Boston's best skater on the ice Thursday versus the Flames.
Insight: Eriksson led the team with seven shots on net and scored the game-tying goal in the third period. After eight rounds in the shootout, however, Tuukka Rask allowed a goal and Boston lost, 4-3. Eriksson has 15 goals and 21 assists in 62 games this season.
Description: Bruins left wing Brad Marchand had a goal and an assist in the, 4-1, victory over the Coyotes on Saturday.
Insight: Marchand scored in the first period and then assisted Patrice Bergeron's goal in the second period. Defenseman Zdeno Chara had a goal and an assist in the game as well. Marchand has 18 goals and 16 assists in 57 games this season.
Description: Bruins center David Krejci has a partially torn MCL and will miss four-to-six weeks of action according to NHL.com.
Insight: Krejci suffered the injury on Sunday against the Blackhawks. The four-to-six week timeframe means he likely won't be back until the end of the regular season. That's if Boston advances to the playoffs. Ryan Spooner will likely move into Krejci's spot next to Milan Lucic.
Description: Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton notched a goal and an assist in the, 6-2, victory over the Blackhawks.
Insight: Hamilton scored on the man advantage. Boston won the offensive faceoff that followed the penalty and Hamilton beat Blackhawks goalie Antti Raanta with a slap shot. Hamilton has 10 goals and 22 assists in 59 games this season.
Description: Bruins center Patrice Bergeron scored a goal and had two assists as Boston routed Chicago, 6-2, on Sunday.
Insight: Bergeron scored from close range to get Boston going. The Bruins then scored four unanswered goals in the second period with Bergeron picking up assists on two of those four goals. One of the assists came of the power play. He has 17 goals and 25 assists in 58 games this season.
Description: Bruins center David Krejci is doubtful for Sunday's game against Chicago due to an upper body injury.
Insight: Krejci's season has been a disaster for his fantasy owners. Coming off a 69-point season of a year ago, including 50 assists, Krejci has managed just 26 points in 38 games. He just can't get and stay healthy.
Description: Bruins left wing Brad Marchand scored Boston's only goal on Friday versus the St. Louis Blues.
Insight: Boston started strongly with Marchand scoring in the first period, but the Blues scored on their first three shots of the second period. Marchand has 17 goals and 14 assists in 53 games this season.
Description: Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton notched a pair of assists Wednesday night against Edmonton.
Insight: Hamilton has nine goals and 23 assists for 32 points in 57 games this season, but could end up with a minus rating, for the first time in his career, this season, which would be a blow to fantasy owners who were counting on his +22 from last season. I blame the entire Bruins defense, not just Hamilton.
Description: Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask picked up just his third regulation loss since Jan. 7 on Sunday.
Insight: Rask has posted great numbers of late going 7-1-3 with a .949 save percentage and 1.61 GAA in January. Rask and the Bruins, however, haven't been able to figure out the Canadiens as Montreal beat Boston again, 3-1. Montreal swept the season series with Boston.
Description: Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask will start on Sunday versus the Canadiens.
Insight: Rask led Boston to victory over the Islanders on Saturday, so some thought Rask might take the night off, but he will not. Rask and Montreal goaltender Carey Price have been the best two fantasy hockey goaltenders since the start of 2015, so don't expect many goals.
Description: Bruins winger Milan Lucic had a goal and two assists versus the Islanders on Thursday.
Insight: Lucic had a great night assisting Reilly Smith and Torey Krug's goals and then capped off the night with an empty-net goal. Lucic was plus-three on the night. He has 10 goals and 18 assists in 48 games this season.
Description: Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton had a goal and an assist versus the Stars on Tuesday.
Insight: Hamilton also finished plus-two and led the team with four shots on goal. Hamilton sealed the Boston victory with a power-play goal in the third period. Hamilton has eight goals and 18 assists in 47 games this season.
Description: Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask shutout the red hot New York Rangers on Thursday.
Insight: Ok, so the Rangers aren't exactly red hot. They have been shutout for six straight periods now, but the Rangers had won 13 of 14 prior to the two straight shutouts. Rask stopped 30 shots on his way to his second shutout of the season.
Description: Bruins center Carl Soderberg recorded three points on Monday against the Red Wings.
Insight: Soderberg had a goal and two assists, finishing plus-three on the night. He had assists on Gregory Campbell and Chris Kelly's goals while scoring his own at the end of the first period. Soderberg has seven goals and 19 assists in 37 games this season.
Description: Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask replaced a rattled Niklas Svedberg on Saturday and did no better.
Insight: Svedberg started and allowed three goals on 15 shots in 26:32 minutes of ice time. Rask also allowed three goals on 15 shots to post the exact same .800 save percentage. With about one-third of the season over, owners with Rask are starting to get a little anxious that Rask hasn't stepped up his game yet.
Description: Bruins winger Loui Eriksson scored a pair of goals in Boston's, 5-3, victory over the Predators.
Insight: Eriksson scored about six minutes into the second period to give Boston a, 3-2, lead and then he added an empty-net goal to seal the victory. Eriksson has nine goals and 12 assists this season.
Description: Bruins winger Loui Eriksson scored the game-winning goal in overtime as Boston won, 3-2, against Minnesota.
Insight: Eriksson took a pass from Carl Soderberg in the crease and finished with a goal one minute and 30 seconds into overtime. Eriksson had a goal, an assist and a plus-two rating on Wednesday. He has six goals and 11 assists in 32 games this season.
Description: Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara (right knee) is expected to make his return Thursday.
Insight: Chara tore his posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in late October. Even at age 37, he is a huge part of the Bruins and his fantasy teams' defense. Get him back in the lineup tonight.
Description: Islanders goalie Chad Johnson lost a 4-1 lead Tuesday versus Minnesota.
Insight: Up by three goals in the second period, Johnson could not hold the lead. He stopped 25-of-30 shots on goal, and fell to 5-4-0 on the season. Johnson will continue to be the backup goaltender for the Islanders.
Description: Bruins goalie Niklas Svedberg stopped all seven shootout attempts he faced against the Blue Jackets on Friday.
Insight: Unfortunately for fantasy owners who streamed Svedberg on Friday, those don't count as saves. The stops in the shootout helpd Svedberg get the victory, but in regulation and overtime, Svedberg stopped just 25-of-28 shots.
Description: Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara is doing some agility drills, but has yet to return to the ice, according to D.J. Bean of WEEI,com.
Insight: Chara tore his posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in late October and was expected to miss 4-6 weeks. Even at age 37, he is a huge part of the Bruins and his fantasy teams' defense. It looks like it will be closer to the larger six week timetable.
Description: Bruins center David Krejci (hip) was skating between Milan Lucic and Seth Griffith in Monday's practice and could return as early as this evening.
Insight: Krejci hasn't been given medical clearance to play, according to coach Claude Julien, but that could come very soon. be prepared to install him back into your starting lineup. Krejci has totaled 10 points in 10 games.
Description: Islanders goalie Chad Johnson will start on Thursday at Los Angeles.
Insight: Jaroslav Halak won on Tuesday in overtime, 3-2, over the Ducks, and he will get the day off as the Islanders drive up I-5 to play the Kings. Johnson is 3-1-0 with a .870 save percentage and 3.46 GAA.
Description: Bruins defensemen Torey Krug will be sidelined for two-to-three weeks with a broken finger according to nhl.com.
Insight: Krug suffered the injury in Tuesday's 4-3 loss to the Wild. Krug has two goals and four assists in 11 games. Boston will continue to struggle defensively without Zdeno Chara, Kevan Miller and now Krug.
Description: Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton played well in Saturday's win against Toronto.
Insight: With Zdeno Chara sidelined for the next 4-to-6 weeks, the Bruins need Hamilton to step up. He produced on Saturday with one goal and two assists, along with four shots and a +2 rating. It is a welcomed site for owners.
Description: Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton will extended playing time with Zdeno Chara sidelined for foru-to-six weeks.
Insight: Hamilton and Dennis Seidenberg will have the first opportunity to be the Bruins top defensive pairing. Torey Krug and Adam McQuaid will be the second pair. Hamilton and Krug will also play on the power play Saturday night.
Description: Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara is expected to miss the next four-to-six weeks according to nhl.com.
Insight: Chara tore his posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee Thursday night versus the Islanders. Even at age 37, he is a huge part of the Bruins and his fantasy teams' defense. Chara will be greatly missed.
Description: Bruins winger Milan Lucic scored his first goal of the season on Thursday against the Islanders.
Insight: Lucic has had a rough start to the season, but he finally got rid of the goose egg in the goal column. The goal, however, did not help the Bruins win as Boston dropped its fifth game of the young season.
Description: Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara left Thursday's game against the Islanders with an undisclosed injury.
Insight: Chara left with 8:13 remaining in the first period, which was right after the captain nailed John Tavares. There was nothing noticably wrong on the replay. Chara has two goals, one assist and a minus-two rating after nine games.
Description: Bruins winger Milan Lucic busted out of his early-season slump in Tueaday's win.
Insight: He has yet to score a goal, but Lucic did have three assists, along with a +1 rating. He now has five points on the season, and owners should expect him to start lighting the lamp extremely soon.
Description: Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton had a goal and assist on Saturday against the Sabres.
Insight: Boston finally played the way we expect them to all season. Even if it was against Buffalo, Boston was impressive, winning 4-0. Hamilton had his first goal of the season and finished plus-three.
Description: Bruins goalie Niklas Svedberg saved 28 of 30 shots in a gut-wrenching loss against the Avalanche on Monday.
Insight: The Bruins were one second away from at least one point when Svedberg allowed Daniel Briere's shot to squeak by for the game-winner. This was Svedberg's second career start, and he will serve as Tuukka Rask's backup this year.
Description: Bruins winger Loui Erksson scored in the 2-1 loss to the Avalanche on Columbus Day.
Insight: It was Eriksson's first goal of the season as he tied the game on the power play at the 7:50 mark of the second period. Boston, however, suffered a heart-breaking loss, allowing the game-winner inside of one second left in the third period.
Description: Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk scored his team's first goal of the season and his first as an Islander as New York beat Carolina, 5-3, on Friday.
Insight: The Bruins just traded Boychuk last week, but he did not seem effected by the lack of practice time with his new teammates. Boychuk had assists on the next two Islanders' goals. Two of Boychuks' three points in the game came on the power play.
Description: Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask is starting on Thursday against the Red Wings.
Insight: The Bruins begin the season with back-to-back games on Wednesday and Thursday this week, but Boston will have its Vezina trophy winning goalie between the pipes for both games. Rask stopped 19-of-20 shots against the Flyers on Wednesday.
Description: Bruins left wing Brad Marchand should continue to be a solid fantasy contributer in 2014-15.
Insight: He played all 82 games last season and finsished with 25 goals, 28 assists, and a nice +36 rating. Marchand is being targeted as a 12th round pick as of now, and that could wind up becoming a steal.
Description: Bruins winger Loui Erksson will start the season on the top line for Boston.
Insight: From the 2008-09 season through 2011-12, Eriksson compiled at least 63 points each year. However, after playing in only 61 games during his first season in Boston, he was only able to manage 10 goals and 27 assists, with a +14 rating. Playing on the top line will give Eriksson a nice chance to get back to the 70-point mark. Look to target him around the 13th round.
Description: Bruins center David Krejci is ready for a career-year in 2014-15.
Insight: Fresh off a six-year, $43.5 million extension, Krejci will be centering Boston's top line this season. Coming off a 62-point season (19 goals, 50 assists), he will be a solid target starting around the seventh round of fantasy drafts.
Description: Milan Lucic is hoping for a long-term commitment from the Boston Bruins.
Insight: After commitments to David Krejci, Tuuka Rask, and Patrice Bergeron, Lucic would seem to be next in line. At 26-years-old, he is just entering his prime, and will have a tremndous opportunity to build off his big 2013 season (23 goals, 35 assists, 30+/-). Target Lucic in the middle of your draft.
Description: Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask has been awarded the Vezina Trophy as the league's best goaltender for the 2013-14 season.
Insight: Boston goalies have taken three of the last six Vezina trophies. Rask was certainly deserving of the honor, winning 36 games for the B's this year while logging an impressive 2.04 GAA. Only Minnesota's Josh Harding (.933) had a higher save percentage than Rask (.930) during the regular season.