Another one of the Boston Bruins' potential Stanley Cup playoff opponents has made a move to bolster its roster ahead of Monday's NHL trade deadline.
The Washington Capitals reportedly have acquired defenseman Brenden Dillon from the San Jose Sharks, per TSN's Pierre LeBrun. The price was not cheap. LeBrun reports Washington is sending San Jose second- and third-round draft picks. Here are additional details on the trade compensation:
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Dillon, who the Bruins reportedly were interested in, was among the best defensemen rumored to be available at the trade deadline. The 29-year-old veteran isn't likely to light up the stat sheet with goals and assists, but he does drive puck possession at a positive rate. The Sharks had a plus-64 edge in shot attempts, a plus-34 advantage in shots on goal and a plus-42 mark in scoring chances at 5-on-5 when Dillon was on the ice.
What moves could the Bruins make?
Adding secondary scoring should be a priority for general manager Don Sweeney as the trade deadline nears. TSN reported Tuesday the Bruins and Colorado Avalanche have emerged as the frontrunners for New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider -- the top player rumored to be available.
The Tampa Bay Lightning, who are one point behind the Bruins for the league's best record and first place in the Atlantic Division, acquired forward Blake Coleman in a trade with the New Jersey Devils on Sunday. The Pittsburgh Penguins acquired veteran forward Jason Zucker earlier this month.
The Bruins need to do something, and names are starting to come off the board quickly.
The NHL season has been put on hold due to the coronavirus crisis, meaning we may have to wait a while to watch the Boston Bruins again.
As a way to make up for the loss of Bruins action, we'll be using the EA Sports NHL 20 video game to simulate each game on Boston's schedule until they finally return to action.
The Boston Bruins were supposed to take on the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night at PNC Arena, here's how our simulation of that game went.
The B's fell to the Canes 1-0 on a flukey third-period goal that slipped by Tuukka Rask.
Here are the game stats:
Three Stars of the Game + Game Stats
Anton Forsberg, Tuukka Rask and Andrei Svechnikov were the three stars of the game. The Hurricanes led in shots with 25 and they also had three power-play opportunities that they squandered. The Bruins seemed to have passed too much in the offensive zone and didn't take enough shots on goal in the loss when comparing the shots to their time on attack.
Bruins Individual Stats
Charlie McAvoy led all B's skaters in ice time with 23:42 while David Krejci and David Pastrnak each had three shots on goal. Tuukka Rask stopped 24 of 25 shots in the loss, but the defense didn't help them out too much.
Hurricanes Individual Stats
Jaccob Slavin led all Hurricanes skaters in ice time with 24:11 and Martin Necas led in shots with four. Anton Forsberg stopped all 17 shots faced and the Hurricanes sneak by with a flukey goal from Andrei Svechnikov.
FINAL SCORE: Hurricanes 1, Bruins 0
Bruins Record (Includes simulated games): 47-16-14 (107 points)
*NOTE: We did not include Boston's games against the Buffalo Sabres, Toronto Maple Leafs or Florida Panthers in the simulation, therefore the simulated record isn't 100 percent accurate*
Next Simulation: vs. St. Louis Blues on Thursday
Be sure to keep an eye out for our Bruins vs. Blues simulation which is set to drop on Thursday.
We aren't the only ones enjoying sports video games to pass the time and get their competitive fix. Even the B's Anton Blidh is enjoying his time off with a little virtual sports action.
March 31 is a special day in the history books of the Boston Bruins franchise.
Hall of Fame forward Phil Esposito scored his 70th goal (an NHL record at the time) of the 1970-71 season on this day, becoming the first Bruins player to hit that goal-scoring milestone.
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Esposito's 76 goals in the 1970-71 season still stand as a Bruins record for a single campaign.
Bruins right winger David Pastrnak was making a run at 60 goals earlier this season. The 23-year-old star currently sits at 48 goals with the season suspended due to the outbreak of the coronavirus. Pastrnak is tied for the league lead with Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin.
If the 2019-20 season doesn't resume or the league decides to go straight to the Stanley Cup Playoffs upon returning, Pastrnak would be the first Bruins player to win or share the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy as the league's leading goal scorer since Esposito in 1974-75.