BRUINSNHLShort Handed Takes: A Boston Bruins Podcast

The Bruins make lineup changes ahead of Game 3

The Bruins head to TD Garden for games 3 and 4, already down 2-0 in their series against the Carolina Hurricanes. Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy announced Thursday that rookie goaltender Jeremy Swayman will start in net for game 3. In an interview Friday, Cassidy also announced that defenseman Mike Reilly and forward Chris Wagner would draw into the lineup. Trent Frederic will be a healthy scratch and Hampus Lindholm is still out after a heavy hit in game 2.

Bruins netminder change

The Bruins have now been outscored 26-4 by the Carolina Hurricanes this season in both regular season and playoffs. Goaltender Linus Ullmark earned the series start with an impressive .945 save percentage over the last month of the regular season. Through games 1 and 2 of this series, Ullmark has allowed four goals in each game, giving him a rough save percentage of .856. However, this does not tell the entire tale of Ullmark’s performance. The netminder had a solid game 1 performance. In game 2, as coach Bruce Cassidy put it, he would have liked to have had a save. Thus, Jeremy Swayman draws in as the Bruins hope to get a spark back home in Boston where they desperately need not only a win, but also a solid team performance. I do not look at this goaltending change as a knock on Ullmark; this is par for the course of how they have managed these two capable goaltenders throughout this season.

Bruins lineup changes on defense

Bruin’s defensemen Hampus Lindholm will be out with injury,  thus drawing in defensemen Mike Reilly. The two players are not comparable.  Reilly, however, has his strengths in transition and the offensive zone. The key is for Reilly to keep his own end in check; being paired with McAvoy should help that. The two have spent upwards of 372 minutes together this season. Brandon Carlo and Matt Grzelcyk have played even more than that.

Bruins lineup changes up front

Bruins forward Trent Frederic will be a healthy scratch and forward Chris Wagner will draw in. Wagner made his NHL debut in the last regular season game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Wagner posted an impressive 11 hits in the game. This Bruins team appears to lack urgency, so Wagner should be able to help with that as he looks to show why he belongs in the NHL. The team still needs more from its top end players as well as the Charlie Coyle line, which now inserts Tomas Nosek on the left wing.

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