The Boston Bruins will look to extend their point streak to 18 games Thursday against the Ottawa Senators, but they’ll have to do it with a few fresh faces on the ice.
With a suspension to Bruins top-line winger Brad Marchand, emergency call-up Anders Bjork is expected to replace Boston’s lead scorer on the first unit. The 21-year-old — who is making his first NHL appearance since Dec. 28 — skated alongside Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak during Thursday’s morning skate.
Noel Acciari also will be absent from Thursday’s game while he deals with a lower-body injury. Frank Vatrano, who has been a healthy scratch for 13 straight games, will take his spot on the fourth line right wing.
However, the Sens don’t exactly have a clean bill of health either. They’ll be without their top scorer Mark Stone, as well as Nate Thompson, Johnny Oduya and Filip Chlapik.
Tuukka Rask will get the start in net for Boston, while Holliston, Mass. native Mike Condon will start in between the pipes for Ottawa.
Here are the projected lineups for both teams:
BOSTON BRUINS (28-10-8)
Anders Bjork — Patrice Bergeron — David Pastrnak
Jake DeBrusk — David Krejci — Ryan Spooner
Danton Heinen — Riley Nash — David Backes
Tim Schaller — Sean Kuraly — Frank Vatrano
Zdeno Chara — Brandon Carlo
Torey Krug — Adam McQuaid
Matt Grzelcyk — Kevan Miller
OTTAWA SENATORS (15-22-9)
Mike Hoffman –Matt Duchene — Bobby Ryan
Tom Pyatt — Derick Brassard — Colin White
Zack Smith — Jean-Gabriel Pageau — Ryan Dzingel
Alexandre Burrows — Gabriel Dumont — Christopher DiDomenico
Fredrik Claesson — Erik Karlsson
Dion Phaneuf — Cody Ceci
Mark Borowiecki — Thomas Chabot
Thumbnail photo via Kevin Hoffman/USA TODAY Sports Images.
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