Berkshire Bank Hockey Night In New England: Projected Bruins-Sabres Lineups

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The Boston Bruins are riding high after beating the Carolina Hurricanes in a shootout Thursday, but earning their next win will be no easy task.

The Bruins are in Buffalo on Saturday to take on the Sabres, who have won two straight since phenom forward Jack Eichel returned to the lineup. The Massachusetts native and former Boston University star already has netted three goals and an assist in two games, helping Buffalo pour in nine total goals over those two contests.

Boston still is the better team on paper, with a 13-10-1 record to the Sabres’ 9-9-5 mark. Yet the B’s once again will have to make do without top defensemen Zdeno Chara (lower body) and John-Michael Liles (concussion), who both are day-to-day.

Forward Patrice Bergeron didn’t practice Friday but traveled with the team to Buffalo and is expected to play. His absence was not injury-related, per head coach Claude Julien.

Here are the projected lineups for both teams.

BOSTON BRUINS (13-10-1)
Brad Marchand–Patrice Bergeron–David Pastrnak
Tim Schaller–David Krejci–David Backes
Matt Beleskey–Riley Nash–Austin Czarnik
Ryan Spooner–Dominic Moore–Anton Blidh

Torey Krug–Adam McQuaid
Kevan Miller–Brandon Carlo
Joe Morrow–Colin Miller

Tuukka Rask

BUFFALO SABRES (9-9-5)
Kyle Okposo–Ryan O’Reilly–Zemgus Girgensons
Derek Grant–Jack Eichel–Sam Reinhart
Marcus Foligno–Johan Larsson–Brian Gionta
Matt Moulson–Evander Kane–Will Carrier

Jake McCabe–Rasmus Ristolainen
Josh Gorges–Cody Franson
Taylor Fedun–Justin Falk

Robin Lehner

Thumbnail photo via Kevin Hoffman/USA TODAY Sports Images

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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.

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