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


BOSTON — The Bruins will look to avoid a 0-3 start to the season Monday afternoon as they host the defending Eastern Conference champion Tampa Bay Lightning at TD Garden.

The B’s will have the services of No. 1 defenseman Zdeno Chara for the first time this season, but they’ll be without top-line winger Brad Marchand, who suffered a concussion in Saturday’s loss to the Montreal Canadiens.

Here are the expected lines and pairings for both teams:

Loui Eriksson — Patrice Bergeron — Brett Connolly
Matt Beleskey — David Krejci — David Pastrnak
Chris Kelly — Ryan Spooner — Jimmy Hayes
Zac Rinaldo — Joonas Kemppainen — Max Talbot

Zdeno Chara — Kevan Miller
Torey Krug — Adam McQuaid
Joe Morrow — Colin Miller

Tuukka Rask

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

Victor Hedman — Jason Garrison
Braydon Coburn — Anton Stralman
Matt Carle — Andrej Sustr

Ben Bishop

Thumbnail photo via Greg M. Cooper/USA TODAY Sports Images

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