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Need to Know: Bruins at Golden Knights

Halak gets start with Boston in search of its seventh straight win

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins /

LAS VEGAS - The Bruins will be attempting to make it a lucky seven on the Vegas strip as they visit the Golden Knights on Wednesday night with their six-game winning streak on the line.

Jaroslav Halak will get the start between the pipes as the Bruins look to keep their perfect road trip alive. Boston's three wins over Anaheim, Los Angeles, and San Jose to start the trek marked the first time in franchise history that the team has swept the California road wing.

Overall, the Bruins have strung together an 11-game points streak and are 14-3-4 since Jan. 1. The run has them tied with the Sharks for the third-most points in the National Hockey League with 78.

Here's everything else you need to know ahead of tonight's game in Vegas (10 p.m. ET on NBCSN and 98.5 The Sports Hub):

Cehlarik Closer

Peter Cehlarik, who sat out Monday's game in San Jose with a lower-body injury, participated in this morning's pregame skate, but will not play against the Golden Knights. Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said the winger is close to a return, however, and could suit up Saturday in St. Louis.

"Just felt without a team practice under his belt, there's no use rushing it," said Cassidy. "Lineup we used the other night, we like, so Saturday looks like a better day for him."

Rolling Along

Jake DeBrusk has been riding his own hot streak of late with goals in four straight games to go along with five assists in that span. The winger is now up to 18 goals on the season, eclipsing his career-high of 16 set last season during his rookie campaign.

"Just being opportunistic," said DeBrusk. "I've been getting good looks from my teammates, they've been finding me in good spots. I think out of my four goals, it's been results off of that. It's a matter of executing. It's been nice to be a part of the offense here and part of the wins."

Video: BOS@SJS: DeBrusk beats Martin in close for PPG

Opposing View

The Bruins are making their second-ever trip to Vegas for a tilt with the Golden Knights, who have lost four of their last five games. Despite their recent struggles, the defending Western Conference champions are safely in the playoff structure with 68 points, good for third place in the Pacific Division.

"They play hard, especially in this building," said Sean Kuraly. "They're a team that competes throughout their whole lineup, they've got some depth and some high end scoring up front."

Alex Tuch paces the Golden Knights with 42 points in 53 games, while Jonathan Marchessault leads the way with 19 goals. William Karlsson (18 goals), newcomer Max Pacioretty (18), and Cody Eakin (15) also provide scoring touch up front.

Marc-Andre Fleury mans the net with a 29-18-4 record this season, to go along with a 2.61 goals against average and .908 save percentage.

"They're a good team, they're deep up front," said DeBrusk. "Obviously with Fleury, he's a very good goaltender as well. We've got to expect a tight battle, especially here at their rink. I remember last year it was an electric atmosphere. Looking forward to tonight, should be a fun game."

Wednesday's Projected Lineup

Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Danton Heinen
Jake DeBrusk - David Krejci - Karson Kuhlman
Joakim Nordstrom - Trent Frederic - David Backes
Sean Kuraly - Noel Acciari - Chris Wagner

Zdeno Chara - Charlie McAvoy
Torey Krug - Brandon Carlo
Matt Grzelcyk - Kevan Miller

Jaroslav Halak
Tuukka Rask

Scratches: Peter Cehlarik, Steven Kampfer, John Moore

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