The Boston Bruins have returned to TD Garden for a matchup against the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night.
The Hurricanes are a good team despite what their mediocre 9-9-4 record would suggest. They are the fourth-best puck-possession team in the NHL with a 53.2 Corsi For percentage at even strength and have a mobile blue line with several quality puck-moving defensemen.
Boston is coming off a 3-2 shootout loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night. The B’s were the better team overall and probably deserved the second point, but they fought hard to erase a two-goal third-period deficit and at least take a single point.
The Bruins will be without captain and top defenseman Zdeno Chara (lower body) for the fifth straight game. Veteran defenseman John-Michael Liles also remains out indefinitely after suffering a concussion Sunday.
Here are the projected lineups for both teams.
BOSTON BRUINS (12-10-1)
Brad Marchand–Patrice Bergeron–David Pastrnak
Tim Schaller–David Krejci–David Backes
Matt Beleskey–Riley Nash–Austin Czarnik
Ryan Spooner–Dominic Moore–Jimmy Hayes
Torey Krug–Adam McQuaid
K. Miller–Brandon Carlo
Joe Morrow–Colin Miller
CAROLINA HURRICANES (9-9-4)
Jeff Skinner–Victor Rask–Elias Lindholm
Sebastian Aho–Teuvo Teravainen–Lee Stempniak
Brock McGinn–Derek Ryan–Phil Di Giuseppe
Joakim Nordstrom–Jay McClement–Viktor Stalberg
Ron Hainsey–Justin Faulk
Jaccob Slavin–Brett Pesce
Noah Hanifin–Matt Tennyson
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