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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During the 2015-16 season, Berkshire Bank Foundation will donate $200 to Habitat for Humanity for each successful penalty kill by the Bruins and has raised $37,380 total through April 9.

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