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

John Moore makes his season debut

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Boston is set to face the New York Islanders on Saturday night, and it’ll mark the season debut for one Bruins defenseman.

John Moore will draw into the lineup, Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy indicated Saturday morning. Moore has dealt with a lower-body injury that landed him on injured reserve earlier this season, but aside from that has been a healthy scratch nightly.

Moore draws in for Connor Clifton on the second pairing beside Brandon Carlo.

With the exception of Moore, the Bruins are expected to roll out the same lines and pairings from Friday’s win over the New York Rangers.

The Islanders put Leo Komarov on waivers Friday, leaving their third line left wing situation uncertain. Since Komarov cleared, he theoretically could be put on the taxi squad and then called right back up, or the Isles can go with Ross Johnston, who is on the 23-man roster.

Other options on the taxi squad include Andrew Ladd, Austin Czarnik and Kieffer Bellows.

Tuukka Rask is in net for the Bruins as they eye their sixth straight win, which would have to come against the only team to beat them in regulation this season. Semyon Varlamov likely will go for the Islanders.

BOSTON BRUINS (10-1-2)
Brad Marchand–Patrice Bergeron–David Pastrnak
Nick Ritchie–David Krejci–Craig Smith
Jake DeBrusk–Charlie Coyle–Anders Bjork
Trent Frederic–Sean Kuraly–Chris Wagner

Jeremy Lauzon–Charlie McAvoy
John Moore–Brandon Carlo
Jakub Zboril–Jeremy Lauzon

Tuukka Rask

NEW YORK ISLANDERS (5-4-3)
Anders Lee–Mathew Barzal–Josh Bailey
Michael Dal Colle–Brock Nelson–Jordan Eberle
Ross Johnston–J.G. Pageau–Oliver Wahlstrom
Matt Martin–Casey Cizikas–Cal Clutterbuck

Adam Pelech–Ryan Pulock
Nick Leddy–Scott Mayfield
Andy Greene–Noah Dobson

Semyon Varlamov

Thumbnail photo via Paul Rutherford/USA TODAY Sports Images

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