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Need to Know: Bruins vs. Sabres

Boston makes tweaks up front as teams close out home-and-home

by Eric Russo @erusso22 /

BOSTON - The Bruins will be aiming for their third straight victory as they host the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday night at TD Garden to close out the teams' home-and-home set. Boston took the opener, 3-0, on Friday night at KeyBank Center behind two goals from Patrice Bergeron and a 26-save shutout from Jaroslav Halak.

"I think we enjoy that," Anders Bjork said of the home-and-home. "They want some revenge from last game. That's one of the cool parts about home and homes, it's right back into the fire playing against the same team twice in a row. Should be a fun game. It will be competitive, and I think we respond really well to that. I'm excited."

Bjork will be part of some tweaks for the Bruins forward group as he shifts back to the left wing after playing the last two games on the right side. Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy noted that he prefers Bjork on his natural side and Sean Kuraly as a centerman, which is why he's decided to reunite Boston's fourth line.

Kuraly, who had shifted to wing for the last three games, will return to his familiar fourth-line center spot between Joakim Nordstrom and Chris Wagner. Brett Ritchie, a healthy scratch in Buffalo on Friday, will return for Par Lindholm and play alongside Bjork and Charlie Coyle.

"I think I've been comfortable this year," Bjork said of playing the left wing. "Part of it is I've played better this year, so I sort of like the left wing now. It's not a huge difference for me. I think it is a little bit easier for me to get skating, especially coming out of the zone instead of having to put it on my forehand.

"It's easier just to skate when you catch the puck on your forehand and go straight up the wall. I think that's an important part of my game. Helps me get into the flow of things."

Krug, McAvoy Still Out

Torey Krug, who missed Friday's game with an injury, skated on his own on Sunday morning at Warrior Ice Arena, but will not play on Sunday night as he remains on injured reserve. Charlie McAvoy did not skate on Sunday and will also sit out his second straight contest with an injury.

Sunday's Projected Lineup

Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - David Pastrnak

Jake DeBrusk - David Krejci - Danton Heinen

Anders Bjork - Charlie Coyle - Brett Ritchie

Joakim Nordstrom - Sean Kuraly - Chris Wagner


Zdeno Chara - Brandon Carlo

Matt Grzelcyk - Connor Clifton

John Moore - Steven Kampfer


Tuukka Rask

Jaroslav Halak

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