The Boston Bruins host the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night at TD Garden as they aim for their fifth straight win.
Both teams have exceeded expectations this season, and each squad is likely to clinch a playoff spot. The Flyers enter this game in third place in the Metropolitan Division but trail the first-place Pittsburgh Penguins by just three points.
The B’s are second in the Atlantic Division but own the third-best record in the NHL.
In lineup news, the Bruins will go back to No. 1 goaltender Tuukka Rask, who recently was nursing a minor injury. Rask hasn’t played since last Thursday’s win over the Penguins.
Here are the projected lineups for both teams:
BOSTON BRUINS (41-15-8)
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
PHILADELPHIA FLYERS (34-22-11)
Claude Giroux–Sean Couturier–Travis Konecny
Oskar Lindblom — Nolan Patrick–Jakub Voracek
Jordan Weal–Valtteri Filppula–Wayne Simmonds
Jori Lehtera–Scott Laughton–Michael Raffl
Ivan Provorov–Shayne Gostisbehere
Andrew MacDonald–Robert Hagg
Brandon Manning–Radko Gudas
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