The Boston Bruins will receive a lift for their Saturday night tilt against the Los Angeles Kings at TD Garden.
Goaltender Tuukka Rask returns between the pipes for the B’s after missing the last three games with a concussion. Rask sustained the injury in practice last week after colliding with Anders Bjork.
Rask’s return couldn’t come at a better time for Boston, which runs into a red-hot Kings team that is off to an 8-1-1 start this season. L.A. currently boasts the second-most points in the league, with a strong offense paced by veteran forwards Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown.
The Bruins certainly will have their work cut out for them against the Kings, and a victory would mark the first time the Black and Gold have logged back-to-back wins this season.
Here are the projected lines and defensive pairings for Saturday’s Bruins-Kings game:
BOSTON BRUINS (4-3-1)
Brad Marchand — Patrice Bergeron — Anders Bjork
Jake DeBrusk — David Backes — David Pastrnak
Tim Schaller — Sean Kuraly — Danton Heinen
Kenny Agostino — Riley Nash — Frank Vatrano
Zdeno Chara — Charlie McAvoy
Torey Krug — Kevan Miller
Paul Postma — Brandon Carlo
LOS ANGELES KINGS (8-1-1)
Alex Iafallo — Anze Kopitar — Dustin Brown
Tanner Pearson — Adrian Kempe — Tyler Toffoli
Michael Cammalleri — Brooks Laich — Trevor Lewis
Andy Andreoff — Mike Amadio — Nic Dowd
Derek Forbort — Drew Doughty
Jake Muzzin — Alec Martinez
Kurtis MacDermid — Oscar Fantenberg
Thumbnail photo via Bob DeChiara/USA TODAY Sports Images
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