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Bruins anticipate desperation from Canucks

Tuesday, 02.04.2014 / 12:19 PM

By Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent / 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

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Bruins anticipate desperation from Canucks

BOSTON -- When the Vancouver Canucks visit the Boston Bruins on Tuesday at TD Garden, they will be hungry for a victory after losing their past four games in regulation.

The Bruins, who have won five of their past six, will be ready for a team with everything to lose.

"A team that's a desperate team is always a challenge," Bruins forward Chris Kelly said after the morning skate. "And we know that they're going to play desperate hockey. Whenever you lose four games in a row, and the expectations are extremely high like they are for that team, they're going to come out with their best game and we need to be ready for that."

The Canucks did not hold a morning skate. They flew in late Monday after a 2-0 road loss to the Detroit Red Wings.

Here are the projected lineups for both teams:

CANUCKS

Daniel Sedin - Henrik Sedin - Alexandre Burrows

Chris Higgins - Ryan Kesler - Zack Kassian

David Booth - Zac Dalpe - Jannik Hansen

Tom Sestito - Jordan Schroeder - Kellan Lain

Alexander Edler - Jason Garrison

Dan Hamhuis - Ryan Stanton

Yann Sauve - Frank Corrado

Roberto Luongo

Eddie Lack

Scratched: Raphael Diaz, Yannick Weber, Brad Richardson

Injured: Kevin Bieksa (foot), Christopher Tanev (hand), Mike Santorelli (shoulder), Andrew Alberts (concussion)

BRUINS

Milan Lucic - David Krejci - Jarome Iginla

Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Reilly Smith

Chris Kelly - Carl Soderberg - Loui Eriksson

Daniel Paille - Gregory Campbell - Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara - Dougie Hamilton

Matt Bartkowski - Johnny Boychuk

Torey Krug - Kevan Miller

Tuukka Rask

Chad Johnson

Scratched: Jordan Caron, David Warsofsky

Injured: Adam McQuaid (leg), Dennis Seidenberg (knee)

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— Florida Panthers director of player development Brian Skrudland on defenseman Aaron Ekblad's performance at development camp