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

An old friend will be in net for Vancouver


TD Garden will be the site of a 2011 Stanley Cup Final rematch Sunday night.

Following Friday afternoon’s ugly showing against the New York Rangers, the Bruins will try to get back in the win column against the Canucks. It’s a favorable matchup for Boston, as Vancouver currently is tied for the fourth-fewest points in the NHL.

With Trent Frederic drawing back into the lineup, the Bruins’ bottom six will look a bit different. The 2016 first-round pick is expected to center Boston’s third line with Nick Foligno and Karson Kuhlman on his left and right, respectively. In turn, Tomas Nosek will center the Bruins’ fourth line, which leaves Jake DeBrusk and Erik Haula as the odd men out Sunday.

A familiar face will be in between the pipes for the opposition. Jaroslav Halak, who spent three seasons in Boston before leaving for Vancouver this past offseason, is set to make his fifth start for the Canucks.

Here are the projected lines and defensive pairings for Sunday’s Canucks-Bruins tilt:

Brad Marchand–Patrice Bergeron–David Pastrnak
Taylor Hall–Charlie Coyle–Craig Smith
Nick Foligno–Trent Frederic–Karson Kuhlman
Anton Blidh–Tomas Nosek–Curtis Lazar

Derek Forbort–Charlie McAvoy
Matt Grzelcyk–Brandon Carlo
Mike Reilly–Jakub Zboril

Linus Ullmark

Tanner Pearson–Bo Horvat–Conor Garland
Nils Hoglander–J.T. Miller–Brock Boeser
Justin Dowling–Elias Pettersson–Vasily Podkolzin
Tyler Motte–Jason Dickinson–Alex Chiasson

Oliver Ekman-Larsson–Tyler Myers
Quinn Hughes–Luke Schenn
Kyle Burroughs–Tucker Poolman

Jaroslav Halak

These projected lines and defensive pairings are presented by Berkshire Bank, the official bank of NESN’s Boston Bruins coverage.

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