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want a deep organization and we re starting to see

The Bruins will face perhaps their toughest test to date tonight when
they take on the Nashville Predators, who are not only very good but
quite hot.

The defending Western Conference champions,
whom the B s beat on opening night at the Garden, are 12 2 1 since Nov.
3 and 10 2 1 at home this season. The B s have scored some good wins
against top teams this year like Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh, New Jersey and
Los Angeles, and they ll be up against the iron again tonight.

“They ve got defensemen who can get up on a four man attack.
Obviously their power play is deadly ranked second in the league so we
need to have good discipline, which we ve had. So hopefully we can stay
out of the penalty box,” said coach Bruce Cassidy. “They re just a team
that knows how to win. They play fast, they re aggressive so you have to
be on your toes. I think we can counter some of that if we are. We did
on opening night. We were able to skate and make some of our own plays.
That s part of our plan — let s worry about ourselves and play our

The only change for the Bruins from Saturday in Philadelphia will be in net,
with Anton Khudobin facing off against Pekka Rinne. The Preds do have a
key injury. Center Ryan Johansen is out of the lineup with an upper
body ailment.

Jake DeBrusk upper body continued to skate with the team but will
miss his third straight game. Cassidy believes he s a possibility for
Thursday s game against Arizona.

The B s are currently at the roster limit of 23, and they would have
to make a corresponding roster move for DeBrusk to be taken off injured

Cassidy acknowledged there is some intrigue around how that might play out.

“The players are aware of what s going on. We ve tried to create a
healthy competition throughout the lineup,” said Cassidy. “We ve seen up
front where we ve used younger guys over more established guys, and you
re starting to see it on the back end with Matt Grzelcyk staying in
there. We saw it in nets. So I think it s good if it makes your team
better. We have good character in the room so guys understand what we re
trying to do. It s not personal, it s the business side of where you ve
got to do your part and do it well. And if not Paul Postma Jersey, there s people pushing you. That s what we want. We want a deep organization and we re starting to see some of that.”

Unless another player gets dinged tonight, which would kick the
decision down the road again, the B s would most likely be deciding to
move one of three players — Matt Beleskey, Paul Postma or Frank Vatrano —
all of whom would require waivers to go to Providence. At this point,
they probably would not want to lose their seventh defenseman, Postma,
and Vatrano could very well get claimed if exposed to waivers. That
would leave Beleskey, who most likely would not get claimed given his
contract status two more years at 3.8 million . If Beleskey went to
Providence, that would give the B s about 1 million of cap relief.
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