The Boston Bruins are rolling into Ottawa with some momentum on their side.
After ending their three-game losing skid with a 6-3 thumping of the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday, the B’s will take on the Senators — who sit in seventh in the Atlantic Division — at Canadian Tire Centre on Sunday.
Charlie McAvoy took a nasty hit from Zach Hyman (which the league reportedly is considering suspending Hyman for) in the win over the Leafs, but Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy said the young defenseman is fine and ready to go Sunday. McAvoy was playing in his second game back from an extended absence due to a concussion when he took the hit.
The Bruins will go with the same lineup as Saturday, save for Tuukka Rask getting the nod in net. Cassidy shook the lines up a bit between Thursday and Saturday’s games, and the changes appeared to work out for the best.
Mike McKenna is expected to man the pipes for Ottawa.
Here are the projected lines and defense pairings for Sunday night’s Bruins-Senators game.
BOSTON BRUINS (15-10-4)
Brad Marchand–David Krejci–David Pastrnak
Danton Heinen–Colby Cave–David Backes
Ryan Donato–Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson–Joakim Nordstrom
Gemel Smith–Sean Kuraly–Chris Wagner
Torey Krug–Brandon Carlo
Matt Grzelcyk–Charlie McAvoy
John Moore–Steven Kampfer
OTTAWA SENATORS (13-14-3)
Brady Tkachuk — Colin White — Mark Stone
Mikkel Boedker — Chris Tierney — Drake Batherson
Ryan Dzingel — Zack Smith — Magnus Paajarvi
Max McCormick — Nick Paul — Tom Pyatt
Thomas Chabot — Justin Falk
Maxime Lajoie — Cody Ceci
Ben Harpur — Erik Burgdoerfer