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

David Krejci will miss his second straight game


Dec 13, 2022

After their three-game West Coast road trip, the Bruins return home to face the New York Islanders.

Boston rebounded from a loss to the Arizona Coyotes with a win over the Golden Knights on Sunday. The B’s were down 1-0 to Vegas in the first period but recovered and scored three unanswered goals to take the 3-1 victory. The Bruins faced a tough test on the road, but they will return to TD Garden where the Black and Gold hold a 14-0-1 record — the best home record in the NHL.

David Krejci will miss his second-straight game due to a lower-body injury. The veteran center participated in morning skate Tuesday, which provides optimism for his availability in the short term. Pavel Zacha, once again, will be the center for the second line with Taylor Hall and Jake DeBrusk.

One thing to look out for Tuesday night is a milestone for David Pastrnak. The winger is one goal shy of his seventh consecutive 20-goal season. It would make Pastrnak the eighth player in franchise history to achieve that mark.

Head coach Jim Montgomery did not confirm in his pregame news conference who would be the starting goaltender against the Islanders but did assure there would be someone between the pipes.

Puck drop from TD Garden is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday night. You can catch all the action on NESN, beginning with an hour of pregame coverage at 6 p.m.

Here are the projected lines and defensive pairings for both the Bruins and Golden Knights.

Brad Marchand — Patrice Bergeron — David Pastrnak
Taylor Hall — Pavel Zacha — Jake DeBrusk
Craig Smith — Charlie Coyle — Trent Frederic
Nick Foligno — Tomas Nosek — A.J. Greer

Hampus Lindholm — Charlie McAvoy
Matt Grzelcyk — Brandon Carlo
Derek Forbort — Connor Clifton

Jeremy Swayman

Anders Lee — Mathew Barzal — Oliver Wahlstrom
Josh Bailey — Brock Nelson — Anthony Beauvillier
Zach Parise — Jean-Gabriel Pageau — Kyle Palmieri
Matt Martin — Casey Cizikas — Cal Clutterbuck

Robin Salo — Ryan Pulock
Alexander Romanov — Scott Mayfield
Sebastian Aho — Noah Dobson

Semyon Varlamov

Thumbnail photo via Stephen R. Sylvanie/USA TODAY Sports Images
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