Berkshire Bank Hockey Night In New England: Projected Bruins-Blues Lines, Pairings

BOSTON — The Boston Bruins will look to halt their losing streak at two when they welcome the St. Louis Blues to TD Garden on Thursday.

Boston is coming off a 4-3 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday, while the Blues have won three of their last four games. This is the first time the two clubs have met this season.

The Bruins’ lines will look a tad different as David Backes and John Moore return to the lineup after being healthy scratches. Backes will play on Sean Kuraly’s right side, meaning Noel Acciari will be the healthy forward scratch. Peter Cehlarik will remain on the second line for the second straight game after potting two goals in Wednesday’s loss.

Tuukka Rask will be between the pipes, and will be countered by Jake Allen.

Here are the projected lines and defensive pairings for both teams.

BOSTON BRUINS (26-16-5)
Brad Marchand — Patrice Bergeron — David Pastrnak
Jake DeBrusk — David Krejci — Peter Cehlarik
Chris Wagner — Sean Kuraly — David Backes
Danton Heinen — Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson — Ryan Donato

Zdeno Chara — Charlie McAvoy
Torey Krug — Brandon Carlo
John Moore — Kevan Miller

Tuukka Rask

ST. LOUIS BLUES (20-20-5)
Jaden Schwartz — Brayden Schenn — Vladimir Tarasenko
Jordan Kyrou — Ryan O’Reilly — David Perron
Robby Fabbri — Oskar Sundqvist — Patrick Maroon
Carl Gunnarsson — Ivan Barbashev — Sammy Blais

Joel Edmundson — Alex Pietrangelo
Jay Bouwmeester — Colton Parayko
Vince Dunn — Robert Bortuzzo

Jake Allen

Thumbnail photo via Winslow Townson/USA TODAY Sports Images

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