The Boston Bruins will welcome the red-hot Calgary Flames to TD Garden on Tuesday night, and the B’s are hoping to build off their 5-3 win Sunday against the New Jersey Devils.
The B’s were sloppy during their weekend back-to-back, losing 4-2 to the Buffalo Sabres before winning a bizarre game against the Devils at Prudential Center.
Boston will need to be on its A-game against a Flames team that has won four of their last five games, the latest a 3-2 win over the New York Islanders.
Calgary will start backup goaltender David Rittich on Tuesday, as Mike Smith has been ruled out for the next few games with a lower body injury.
The B’s will counter with Tuukka Rask. Rask lost for the first time in 20 starts Saturday, but he has been a staple of the Bruins’ impressive run that has seen them win 19 of their last 24 games.
Even though the Flames are ranked 22nd in the NHL in offense, Rask will have his hands full with their dangerous frontline of Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan and Michael Ferland. Gaudreau, a Boston College product, leads the Flames with 66 points, while Monahan leads the team with 27 goals.
Here are the projected lineups for Tuesday’s Bruins-Flames game:
BOSTON BRUINS (34-12-8)
Brad Marchand — Patrice Bergeron — David Pastrnak
Jake DeBrusk — David Krejci — Ryan Spooner
Danton Heinen — Riley Nash — David Backes
Tim Schaller — Sean Kuraly — Noel Acciari
Zdeno Chara — Charlie McAvoy
Torey Krug — Brandon Carlo
Matt Grzelcyk — Adam McQuaid
CALGARY FLAMES (29-18-8)
Johnny Gaudreau — Sean Monahan — Micheal Ferland
Matthew Tkachuk — Mikael Backlund — Michael Frolik
Sam Bennett — Mark Jankowski — Garnet Hathaway
Ryan Lomberg — Matt Stajan — Curtis Lazar
Mark Giordano — Dougie Hamilton
TJ Brodie — Travis Hamonic
Brett Kulak — Michael Stone
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