For the first time since Dec. 16, the Bruins return to game action Saturday afternoon to kick off 2022.
Head coach Bruce Cassidy is confident his players will be good to go despite not playing in over two weeks, but he is switching his lines up a tad in hopes to generate some offense from David Pastrnak and Taylor Hall.
Linus Ullmark is expected to get the start between the pipes.
Be sure to watch Bruins-Sabres on NESN. Pregame coverage will begin at 12 p.m. ET. Puck drop is scheduled for 1 p.m.
Here are the projected lines and defense pairings for both teams:
BOSTON BRUINS (14-10-2)
Brad Marchand–Patrice Bergeron–Craig Smith
Taylor Hall–Erik Haula–David Pastrnak
Jake DeBrusk–Charlie Coyle–Nick Foligno
Trent Frederic–Tomas Nosek–Curtis Lazar
Matt Grzelcyk–Charlie McAvoy
Mike Reilly–Brandon Carlo
Derek Forbort–Connor Clifton
BUFFALO SABRES (10-17-5)
John Jason Peterka–Tage Thompson–Alex Tuch
Jeff Skinner–Peyton Krebs–Victor Olofsson
Brett Murray–Cody Eakin–Kyle Okposo
Anders Bjork–Arttu Ruotsalainen–Rasmus Asplund
Rasmus Dahlin–Henri Jokiharju
Mark Pysyk–Ethan Prow
Will Butcher–Casey Fitzgerald
These projected lines and defensive pairings are presented by Berkshire Bank, the official bank of NESN’s Boston Bruins coverage.