The Boston Bruins likely will go full tilt Thursday night at TD Garden against the Buffalo Sabres in their final home game of the regular season.
Bruce Cassidy didn’t indicate at a pregame press conference he’ll make any changes to the lineup he deployed Tuesday in the Bruins’ 4-2 win over the high-flying Florida Panthers. While the Sabres are playing out the string and are building for the future, the Bruins hope to beat them in their penultimate game of the regular season in order to increase their own momentum heading into the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
For the second consecutive game, Linus Ullmark will be the Bruins’ starting goaltender, with Jeremy Swayman serving as his backup.
Boston is looking to end Buffalo’s four-game win streak. The Bruins have beaten the Sabres in each of their three meetings this season.
Bruins-Sabres coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. ET on NESN+ with “Bruins Face-Off Live.” Puck drop from TD Garden is scheduled for 7 p.m., and postgame coverage immediately will follow the final horn. NESN+ will air Bruins-Sabres in full. NESN will join Bruins-Sabres in progress if coverage of Thursday’s Boston Red Sox versus Toronto Blue Jays game runs long.
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Here are the teams’ projected lines and pairings.
BOSTON BRUINS (50-25-5)
Brad Marchand–Patrice Bergeron–Jake DeBrusk
Taylor Hall–Erik Haula–David Pastrnak
Trent Frederic–Charlie Coyle–Craig Smith
Nick Foligno–Tomas Nosek–Curtis Lazar
Hampus Lindholm–Charlie McAvoy
Matt Grzelcyk–Brandon Carlo
Derek Forbort–Connor Clifton
BUFFALO SABRES (31-38-11)
Anders Bjork–Zemgus Girgensons–Vinnie Hinostroza
Jeff Skinner–Tage Thompson–Victor Olofsson
Rasmus Asplund–Dylan Cozens–John Hayden
Peyton Krebs–Casey Mittelstadt–Alex Tuch
Owen Power–Henri Jokiharju
Mattias Samuelsson–Rasmus Dahlin
Jacob Bryson–Casey Fitzgerald
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