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Need to Know: Game 3 | Bruins at Blue Jackets

Kuhlman draws back in, Wagner sits as series shifts to Columbus

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins /

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Bruins are aiming to take a 2-1 series lead on Tuesday night as their best-of-seven second-round showdown with the Columbus Blue Jackets shifts to Nationwide Arena for Game 3.

Here is what you need to know ahead of puck drop (7 p.m. ET on NBCSN and 98.5 The Sports Hub):

Making Some Tweaks

Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy confirmed on Tuesday morning that Karson Kuhlman will draw back into the lineup after sitting out Games 1 and 2 as a healthy scratch, with Chris Wagner the odd-man out up front.

Boston did not hold a full pregame skate, so Cassidy's lines for Game 3 will not be known until warmups. But if his combinations from Monday's practice in Boston are any indication, there could be some changes, most notably the shift of David Pastrnak to the third line to play alongside Marcus Johansson and Charlie Coyle.

Video: Cassidy speaks ahead of Game 3

On the Road Again

The Bruins are embracing the challenge that will come with playing inside what is sure to be a raucous Nationwide Arena. Despite the charged atmosphere, they are confident in their play on the road, particularly after taking two of three from the Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena in the first round.

"You're always looking to win your next game," said Torey Krug. "In that regard, it's the same goal in mind, but just keep things simple. It's always fun to be the visiting team. We showed it up in Toronto, two out of three games, how much fun it could be to come away with a win and leave some fans disappointed. It's an exciting challenge, looking forward to it."

Cassidy believes the experience of his team's veteran core helps when it comes to blocking out the noise, both literally and figuratively.

"They've won a Stanley Cup on the road. I think the core has accomplished that, they're comfortable in any environment," said Cassidy. "I thought going into the playoffs we'd be fine with that… a couple of the young guys are new to it, might have some butterflies. But I suspect they have that at home too.

"I think we were a pretty good road team all year…I don't think it will bother us."

Video: Torey Krug speaks ahead of Game 3 in Columbus

Get to the Net

After generating just 68 shots through nearly eight periods of hockey thus far in the series, the Bruins will be focused on getting more to the net in Game 3, especially with the way Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky has locked things down early on.

"It sounds so simple, but truly I think it is," said Charlie McAvoy. "I don't think there's any need to find any other words. Just simple is perfect. We need to get more pucks on net. I think we need to be a more shot-oriented team on our power play, five-on-five, I think there's more opportunity for us to shoot the puck.

"We need to make sure we're doing that and try and get to this goalie, get traffic in front and see what happens."

Video: McAvoy speaks ahead of Game 3

Tuesday's Projected Lineup

(Based on Monday's practice)

Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Danton Heinen
Jake DeBrusk - David Krejci - Karson Kuhlman
Marcus Johansson - Charlie Coyle - David Pastrnak
Joakim Nordstrom - Sean Kuraly - Noel Acciari

Zdeno Chara - Charlie McAvoy
Torey Krug - Brandon Carlo
Matt Grzelcyk - Connor Clifton

Tuukka Rask
Jaroslav Halak

Scratches: David Backes, Steven Kampfer, John Moore, and Chris Wagner.

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