The Boston Bruins got back in the win column Thursday night, and now they’ll have a chance to go into the break on a high note.
With the All-Star break set to begin Sunday, the Bruins’ tilt with the New York Rangers on Saturday night at TD Garden will be their last game until the 29th of January.
While the lineup is expected to remain mostly similar, there will be two changes. Noel Acciari will be back in the lineup and centering the fourth line, while Ryan Donato will be the forward that sits. Matt Grzelcyk will slot back into the third defensive pairing next to Kevan Miller, meaning John Moore will be a healthy scratch for the fourth time in five games.
Tuukka Rask will be in net for the Bruins. A win for Rask on Saturday will give him the franchise record for victories by a goaltender. The Rangers will counter with Henrik Lundqvist.
Here are the projected lines and defense pairings for Saturday night’s Bruins-Rangers game.
BOSTON BRUINS (27-16-5)
Brad Marchand–Patrice Bergeron–David Pastrnak
Peter Cehlarik–David Krejci–Jake DeBrusk
Danton Heinen–Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson–David Backes
Sean Kuraly –Noel Acciari– Chris Wagner
Zdeno Chara–Charlie McAvoy
Torey Krug–Brandon Carlo
Matt Grzelcyk–Kevan Miller
NEW YORK RANGERS (20-20-7)
Chris Kreider–Mika Zibanejad–Mats Zuccarello
Filip Chytil–Ryan Strome–Jesper Fast
Jimmy Vesey–Boo Nieves–Vladislav Namestnikov
Cody McLeod–Brett Howden–Pavel Buchnevich
Marc Staal–Tony DeAngelo
Brady Skjei–Adam McQuaid
Ryan Lindgren–Kevin Shattenkirk
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