The Bruins look to end their brief Florida road trip on a high note when they take on the Panthers on Wednesday night.
Boston has a chance to extend its win streak to eight games against a Florida team that has lost four of its last five and is looking to get back in the win column.
Craig Smith will return to the Bruins lineup after missing the last four games as a healthy scratch. He’ll slot in on the third line with Taylor Hall and Charlie Coyle. B’s head coach Jim Montgomery did say he was leaning toward playing Smith against the Panthers regardless of Trent Frederic’s status. Frederic is considered day-to-day after suffering an upper-body injury in Monday’s win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Here are the projected lines and defense pairings for both teams:
BOSTON BRUINS (17-2-0)
Brad Marchand–Patrice Bergeron–Jake DeBrusk
Pavel Zacha–David Krejci–David Pastrnak
Taylor Hall–Charlie Coyle–Craig Smith
Nick Foligno–Tomas Nosek–A.J. Greer
Matt Grzelcyk–Charlie McAvoy
Hampus Lindholm–Brandon Carlo
Connor Clifton–Anton Stralman
FLORIDA PANTHERS (9-8-2)
Carter Verhaeghe–Aleksander Barkov–Colin White
Eetu Luostarinen–Sam Bennett–Matthew Tkachuk
Nick Cousins–Anton Lundell–Sam Reinhart
Ryan Lomberg–Eric-Staal–Patric Hornqvist
Gustav Forsling–Aaron Ekblad
Brandon Montour–Marc Staal
Josh Mahura–Radko Gudas
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