The Boston Bruins will aim for their seventh straight win Sunday when they visit the United Center to take on the Chicago Blackhawks.
Boston beat Chicago 7-4 at TD Garden on Saturday to go 6-for-6 on its homestand. The Bruins jumped out to an early 2-0 lead then overcame multiple deficits to win in the third period.
The Bruins still are in second place in the Atlantic Division despite winning eight of their last 10 games. The first-place Tampa Bay Lightning have won five in a row and nine of their last 10, but the B’s do have three games in hand on the Bolts.
The Blackhawks are 14 points out of the second wild-card playoff spot in the Western Conference and need a miracle to keep their postseason appearance streak intact. Another loss to the B’s would sink the Hawks closer to being mathematically eliminated for playoff contention.
In lineup news, the Bruins will start backup goalie Anton Khudobin in the second game of this back-to-back set. Newly acquired forwards Brian Gionta and Tommy Wingels both are expected to remain in the lineup. Gionta scored for Boston in Saturday’s victory, marking his second goal for the B’s.
Here are the projected lineups for both teams.
BOSTON BRUINS (43-15-8)
Brad Marchand–Riley Nash–David Pastrnak
Jake DeBrusk–David Krejci–Rick Nash
Danton Heinen–Tommy Wingels–Brian Gionta
Tim Schaller–Sean Kuraly–Noel Acciari
Zdeno Chara–Brandon Carlo
Torey Krug–Adam McQuaid
Matt Grzelcyk–Kevan Miller
CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS (29-32-8)
Brandon Saad–Jonathan Toews–Patrick Kane
Alex DeBrincat–Nick Schmaltz–Vinnie Hinostroza
Matthew Highmore–Artem Anisimov–John Hayden
Patrick Sharp–David Kampf–Tomas Jurco
Duncan Keith–Connor Murphy
Erik Gustafsson–Brent Seabrook
Jordan Oesterle–Jan Rutta
Thumbnail photo via Kevin Hoffman/USA TODAY Sports Images
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