The Boston Bruins are looking for a spark offensively in their second-round Stanley Cup playoff series against the Tampa Bay Lightning, and B’s head coach Bruce Cassidy is turning to a talented rookie.
Ryan Donato will make his return to the lineup in Game 4, Cassidy confirmed Friday morning. Donato’s only appearance in the playoffs so far was Boston’s Game 2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs in Round 1.
Boston scored just twice in Game 3 and only once in Game 4, both losses, and it’s hoping the highly skilled forward will provide a scoring boost with his excellent shot, playmaking ability and physicality in front of the net.
Donato tallied nine points (five goals, four assists) in 12 regular-season games for the Bruins.
Tuukka Rask (Boston) and Andrei Vasilevskiy (Tampa Bay) will start in net.
Here are the projected lineups for both teams.
BOSTON BRUINS (1-2)
Brad Marchand–Patrice Bergeron–David Pastrnak
Jake DeBrusk–David Krejci–Rick Nash
Ryan Donato–Riley Nash–David Backes
Tim Schaller–Sean Kuraly–Noel Acciari
Zdeno Chara–Charlie McAvoy
Torey Krug–Kevan Miller
Matt Grzelcyk–Adam McQuaid
TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING (2-1)
J.T. Miller–Steven Stamkos–Nikita Kucherov
Ondrej Palat–Brayden Point–Tyler Johnson
Alex Killorn–Anthony Cirelli–Yanni Gourde
Chris Kunitz–Cedric Paquette–Ryan Callahan
Victor Hedman–Dan Girardi
Ryan McDonagh–Anton Stralman
Braydon Coburn–Mikhail Sergachev
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