Berkshire Bank Faceoff: Jean-Sebastien Giguere Expected to Start for Avalanche Against Bruins

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Jean-Sebastian GiguereBOSTON — The Bruins have started the season as well as you could hope for at least through two games, and they’ll get something of a break as they look to make it three in a row to open the year.

While Semyon Varlamov has been one of the best goalies in the league so far — boasting a 3-0-0 record with a 1.00 goals against average — it’s expected that Jean-Sebastien Giguere will be between the pipes for Colorado when the puck drops here. It will be Giguere’s first start of the season, potentially a dodged bullet for the B’s.

On the Boston side of the lineup, there are no expected changes. Carl Soderberg remains out with an ankle injury, and Jordan Caron‘s play has made that blow easier to withstand. So Caron will be back in the lineup Thursday, as there are no changes in the Bruins lineup.

Tuukka Rask is expected to get the start.

Here are the projected lines for Thursday night.

Bruins (2-0-0, 4 points)

Milan Lucic — David Krejci — Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand — Patrice Bergeron — Loui Eriksson
Jordan Caron — Chris Kelly — Reilly Smith
Daniel Paille — Gregory Campbell — Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara — Johnny Boychuk
Dougie Hamilton — Dennis Seidenberg
Torey Krug — Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask

Avalanche (3-0-0, 6 points)

Gabriel Landeskong — Paul Stastny — Alex Tanguay
Ryan O’Reilly — Matt Duchene — Steve Downie
Jamie McGinn — Nathan MacKinnon — P.A. Parentau
Cody McLeod — John Mitchell — Patrick Bordeleau

Erik Johnson — Jan Hejda
Cory Sarich — Andre Benoit
Tyson Barrie — Nate Guenin

Jean-Sebastien Giguere

Berkshire Bank Foundation

During the 2016-2017 regular season, Berkshire Bank Foundation will donate $100 for each Bruins assist to three local non-profit organizations. Click here to see official rules.

As of March 23, the Berkshire Bank Foundation has raised $9,900 for Cradles to Crayons, which provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive -- at home, at school and at play.



Earlier this season, the foundation raised $10,000 for Soldier On, a private nonprofit organization committed to ending veteran homelessness, and $12,100 for Birthday Wishes, a non-profit organization with a mission to provide birthday parties to children experiencing homelessness.

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