BOSTON — Bruins fans are anxiously awaiting this Friday, when the B’s and Montreal Canadiens will do battle outdoors in the 2016 Winter Classic.
But first, Boston has some business to attend to.
The Ottawa Senators visit TD Garden on Tuesday for the second half of a home-and-home and the Bruins’ final game before their New Year’s Day date with the Canadiens. The Bruins came up short Sunday in Ottawa, falling 3-1, and have suffered regulation losses in each of their last three games.
Boston’s lineup for the rematch remained a mystery Tuesday afternoon, as head coach Claude Julien declined to reveal much in his morning meeting with reporters. Forward Seth Griffith was recalled from Providence after David Krejci landed on injured reserve with an upper body injury, but it remains to be seen where or if the 22-year-old will play against the Senators.
There’s also the questionable health of defenseman Torey Krug, who missed Sunday’s game with an undisclosed injury but did skate Tuesday morning.
Here are the projected lines and pairings for both teams:
BOSTON BRUINS (19-12-4)
Brad Marchand — Patrice Bergeron — Seth Griffith
Matt Beleskey — Ryan Spooner — Loui Eriksson
Frank Vatrano — Landon Ferraro — Brett Connolly
Zac Rinaldo — Max Talbot — Jimmy Hayes
Zdeno Chara — Dennis Seidenberg
Torey Krug — Adam McQuaid
Joe Morrow — Kevan Miller
OTTAWA SENATORS (18-12-6)
Mike Hoffman — Mika Zibanejad — Bobby Ryan
Zack Smith — Kyle Turris — Mark Stone
Dave Dziurzynski — Jean-Gabriel Pageau — Alex Chiasson
Shane Prince — Max McCormick — Chris Neil
Marc Methot — Erik Karlsson
Patrick Wiercioch — Mark Borowiecki
Jared Cowen — Chris Wideman
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