Berkshire Bank Hockey Night In New England: Projected Bruins-Panthers Lines, Pairings

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The Boston Bruins continue their four-game road trip against 2016 playoff teams Tuesday night in Florida against the Panthers.

Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron, who missed the first three games of the season with an undisclosed injury, is a game-time decision for Tuesday’s matchup, B’s head coach Claude Julien told reporters.

Sean Kuraly was called up by the Bruins on Tuesday. It’s his first NHL call up. He has one assist in eight games for the American Hockey League’s Providence Bruins this season.

Boston should capitalize on special teams against a Panthers squad that ranks 19th in power-play percentage and 25th in penalty killing. Florida has allowed six power-play goals in the last five games.

Tuukka Rask is expected to start in net for the B’s. He’s 4-0-0 with a .958 save percentage in four games.

Here are the projected lineups for both teams.

BOSTON BRUINS (4-4-0)
Brad Marchand–David Krejci–Danton Heinen
Matt Beleskey–Ryan Spooner–Austin Czarnik
Sean Kuraly–Riley Nash–Jimmy Hayes
Tim Schaller–Dominic Moore–Noel Acciari

Zdeno Chara–Brandon Carlo
Torey Krug–Adam McQuaid
John-Michael Liles–Colin Miller

Tuukka Rask

FLORIDA PANTHERS (4-4-1)
Jonathan Marchessault–Aleksander Barkov–Jaromir Jagr
Colton Sceviour–Vincent Trocheck–Reilly Smith
Jared McCann–Denis Malgin–Kyle Rau
Derek MacKenzie–Greg McKegg–Shane Harper

Keith Yandle–Jason Demers
Michael Matheson–Aaron Ekblad
Mark Pysyk–Alex Petrovic

Roberto Luongo

Thumbnail photo via Winslow Townson/USA TODAY Sports Images

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