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

The Boston Bruins aim to extend their win streak to five games when they take on the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Consol Energy Center on Saturday afternoon.

Boston ended its skid of seven straight shootout losses in a 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night and can win the season series with Pittsburgh if it wins Saturday. The B’s won 3-2 in overtime when these teams last met on Jan. 7.

The Bruins likely will use the same forward lines that started Thursday’s game, but we might see a change on the blue line. Zach Trotman was recalled on an emergency basis from the AHL’s Providence Bruins on Friday. It’s not known if his recall is related to an injured defenseman.

The Bruins have not yet announced who will start in net, but it wouldn’t be surprising if Niklas Svedberg got one of the starts in this weekend back-to-back. Tuukka Rask started Saturday and Svedberg went Sunday in last week’s back-to-back.

The Penguins also haven’t revealed which goaltender will take the net Saturday. No. 1 goalie Marc-Andre Fleury played Thursday night and gave up four goals to the struggling Edmonton Oilers. [tweet align-“center”]

Here are the projected lineups for both teams:

BOSTON BRUINS (35-22-10, 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-Maxime Talbot/Brian Ferlin

Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Matt Bartkowski-Dennis Seidenberg
Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS (39-18-10, third in Metropolitan)
David Perron-Sidney Crosby-Patric Hornqvist
Chris Kunitz-Evgeni Malkin-Blake Comeau
Daniel Winnik-Brendan Sutter-Beau Bennett
Nick Spaling-Maxim Lapierre-Steve Downie

Paul Martin-Kris Letang
Derrick Pouliot-Ben Lovejoy
Rob Scuderi-Ian Cole

Marc-Andre Fleury

Thumbnail photo via Amber Searls/USA TODAY Sports Images

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