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


The Boston Bruins return to the ice Sunday evening against the Tampa Bay Lightning less than 22 hours after losing 2-1 in a shootout to the Florida Panthers.

There are a few lineup changes of note heading into Bruins-Lightning.

Zach Trotman was recalled from the Providence Bruins on an emergency basis Sunday. The 24-year-old defenseman will enter Boston’s lineup because Dougie Hamilton isn’t able to play. Hamilton left Saturday’s game in the second period with an undisclosed injury.

Right winger Reilly Smith also will return after being a healthy scratch Saturday. He hasn’t scored in 11 games, but the Bruins are desperate for offense and are playing a Lightning team that ranks first in goals scored per game.

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Ben Bishop will start in net for the Lightning. He’s 0-1-1 with a .906 save percentage in two starts against the Bruins this season. Tuukka Rask is expected to start for the Bruins after making 26 saves Saturday.

Here are the projected lineups for both teams:

BOSTON BRUINS (36-24-12, fourth in Atlantic)

Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Reilly Smith
Milan Lucic-Ryan Spooner-David Pastrnak
Chris Kelly-Carl Soderberg-Loui Eriksson
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Max Talbot

Zdeno Chara-Dennis Seidenberg
Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid
Zach Trotman-Matt Bartkowski

Tuukka Rask

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING (44-21-7, second in Atlantic)

Alex Killorn-Steven Stamkos-Jonathan Drouin
Nikita Kucherov-Tyler Johnson-Ondrej Palat
Vladislav Namestnikov-Valtteri Filppula-Ryan Callahan
Brenden Morrow-Brian Boyle-J.T. Brown

Victor Hedman-Andrej Sustr
Anton Stralman-Mark Barberio
Jason Garrison-Matthew Carle

Ben Bishop

Thumbnail photo via Fred Beckham/Associated Press

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