Berkshire Bank Faceoff: Projected Lines, Pairings For Bruins-Predators

by NESN Staff

December 23, 2014

BOSTON — The Boston Bruins can win back-to-back games for the first time in December on Tuesday night against the Nashville Predators.

The B’s were lucky to escape Sunday night’s game at TD Garden with a 4-3 overtime victory over the Buffalo Sabres, and they will need a much better performance to earn a similar result versus a Predators team with an elite goaltender and a deep blue line.

The Bruins were only able to score two goals in 65 minutes against Predators goalie Pekka Rinne when Nashville defeated Boston 3-2 in a shootout on Dec. 16.

Rinne leads the NHL in wins (22), save percentage (.934) and goals against average (1.84). It hasn’t been confirmed that he’ll start Tuesday night, but it wouldn’t be surprising if he did given the fact that Nashville has three days off after playing the Bruins.

The Bruins likely will use the same lineup they did Sunday. Winger Seth Griffith and defenseman Zach Trotman were healthy scratches against the Sabres.

Here are the projected lineups for Bruins-Predators:

BOSTON BRUINS (17-14-3, sixth in Atlantic)

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Craig Cunningham
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Reilly Smith
Chris Kelly-Carl Soderberg-Loui Eriksson
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Seth Griffith

Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Torey Krug-Kevan Miller
Matt Bartkowski-Dennis Seidenberg

Tuukka Rask

NASHVILLE PREDATORS (22-8-2, second in Central)

Filip Forsberg-Mike Ribeiro-Craig Smith
Colin Wilson-Mike Fisher-Matt Cullen
Eric Nystrom-Olli Jokinen-Gabriel Bourque
Taylor Beck-Calle Jarnkrok-James Neal

Roman Josi-Shea Weber
Mattias Ekholm-Ryan Ellis
Victor Bartley-Seth Jones

Pekka Rinne

Thumbnail photo via Bob DeChiara/USA TODAY Sports Images

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