Berkshire Bank Faceoff: Johnny Boychuk Returns; Torey Krug Scratched For Bruins


Johnny BoychukBoston Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk is back.

Boychuk will return to the Bruins’ lineup on Saturday night as Boston puts its 11-game winning streak on the line in Arizona against the Phoenix Coyotes. Boychuk missed three games this week and hasn’t played since March 15 after suffering a lower-body injury in a win over the Carolina Hurricanes.

To make room for Boychuk in the lineup, Torey Krug will be a healthy scratch. This marks the second time this month that Krug has been a healthy scratch.

Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask will be back in net for the B’s after getting two games off, and Mike Smith is between the pipes for the Coyotes.

Bruins (48-17-5, 101 points)

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

Zdeno Chara — Dougie Hamilton
Matt Bartkowski — Johnny Boychuk
Andrej Meszaros — Kevan Miller

Coyotes (34-25-11, 79 points)

Martin Erat — Martin Hanzal — Radim Vrbata
Lauri Korpikoski — Antoine Vermette — Mikkel Boedker
Brandon McMillan — Jeff Halpern — Shane Doan
Kyle Chipchura — Mike Ribiero — David Moss

Oliver Ekman-Larsson — Zybnek Michalek
Keith Yandle — Derek Morris
Chris Summers — Michael Stone

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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 30, the Berkshire Bank Foundation has raised $11,500 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.