Berkshire Bank Hockey Night In New England: Projected Bruins-Senators Game 5 Lineups


The task for the Boston Bruins in Game 5 of their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series against the Ottawa Senators is simple:

Win, or their season is over.

Boston is on the brink of elimination after losing 1-0 in Game 4 at TD Garden on Wednesday night. Now, the series is back at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, where the Senators can close it out with a Game 5 victory Friday night.

The B’s only win of the series was in Game 1 in Ottawa, when they overcame a 1-0 third-period deficit to win 2-1.

The Bruins will make a switch in the bottom-six for Game 5, as Sean Kuraly will draw in for Ryan Spooner. Spooner has zero even-strength points in this series and has struggled on faceoffs. He’s been a non-factor offensively, so it makes sense to switch up that fourth-line center spot.

Boston’s offense has been inconsistent throughout the series, and overall, it has not performed to expectations. The Bruins rank second- or third-to-last in several offensive categories.

Here are the projected Game 5 lineups for both teams:

Brad Marchand–Patrice Bergeron–David Backes
Drew Stafford–David Krejci–David Pastrnak
Dominic Moore–Riley Nash–Noel Acciari
Matt Beleskey–Sean Kuraly–Tim Schaller

Zdeno Chara–Charlie McAvoy
Joe Morrow–Kevan Miller
John-Michael Liles–Colin Miller

Tuukka Rask

Ryan Dzingel–Kyle Turris–Alex Burrows
Viktor Stalberg–Derick Brassard–Bobby Ryan
Mike Hoffman–Zack Smith–Mark Stone
Clarke MacArthur–Jean-Gabriel Pageau–Chris Kelly

Mark Methot–Erik Karlsson
Dion Phaneuf–Cody Ceci
Ben Harpur–Chris Wideman


Craig Anderson

Thumbnail photo via Bob DeChiara/USA TODAY Sports Images

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