The Boston Bruins’ bye week is over. After a six-day break, the B’s return to the ice Sunday night against the San Jose Sharks for their first road game under interim head coach Bruce Cassidy.
Boston is 3-0-0 under Cassidy, with the most recent win being a 4-0 rout of the rival Montreal Canadiens last Sunday at TD Garden.
Even though the Bruins beat the Sharks 6-3 on Feb. 9, Sunday’s matchup should be a tough one.
San Jose leads the Pacific Division and owns the second-best record in the Western Conference (including an 18-7-3 mark at home). Sharks defenseman Brent Burns ranks third in the NHL in scoring with 63 points, putting him atop the Norris Trophy rankings.
The Bruins will need a good defensive performance to shut down the high-powered Sharks and begin an important four-game road trip on the right foot.
Here are the projected lineups for both teams.
BOSTON BRUINS (29-23-6)
Brad Marchand–Patrice Bergeron–David Backes
Peter Cehlarik–David Krejci–David Pastrnak
Frank Vatrano–Ryan Spooner–Jimmy Hayes
Tim Schaller–Dominic Moore–Riley Nash
Zdeno Chara–Brandon Carlo
Kevan Miller–Colin Miller
Torey Krug–Adam McQuaid
SAN JOSE SHARKS (35-18-6)
Kevin Labanc–Joe Thornton-Joe Pavelski
Patrick Marleau–Logan Couture–Mikkel Boedker
Nikolay Goldobin–Tomas Hertl–Joel Ward
Melker Karlsson–Chris Tierney–Micheal Haley
Paul Martin–Brent Burns
Marc-Edouard Vlasic–Justin Braun
Brenden Dillon–David Schlemko
Thumbnail photo via Winslow Townson/USA TODAY Sports Images
Thumbnail photo via Feb 9, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; San Jose Sharks defenseman David Schlemko (5) hooks Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand (63) as he chases down a loose puck during the third period of the Boston Bruins 6-3 win over the San Jose Sharks at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports