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Pastrnak Out Against Winnipeg

Bruins winger to miss second straight game

by Caryn Switaj @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - David Pastrnak will miss his second straight game on Saturday night, when the Bruins host the Winnipeg Jets at TD Garden.

 

Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. ET (NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub). 

 

The forward remains day-to-day with an upper-body injury. He skated on his own Saturday morning after the Bruins' pregame skate.  

 

Pastrnak also missed Boston's game in Minnesota on Thursday night. He did not practice on Tuesday or Wednesday. He last played in Colorado on Sunday, Nov. 13. 

The Bruins were shut out by the Wild on Thursday, 1-0, in a stingy game that didn't produce too many prime scoring chances on either side - and when there were chances, goaltenders Tuukka Rask and Devan Dubnyk came up big with the stops. 

 

In their past three games, the Black & Gold have scored four goals. While two of those games resulted in wins (2-1 in Arizona, 2-0 in Colorado), they are still pressing for more offense. 

 

Pastrnak could certainly help in that regard, but the Bruins will have to find ways to break through without him.

 

"There are certain things we can do better," Head Coach Claude Julien said following pregame skate. "We've shown - we've talked about it, that Pastrnak is one of our guys who's been our most lethal weapon so far, but at the same time, we just talked about a couple of guys [in Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand] who can certainly do that."

 

"There are other guys on other lines as well. So, I'd hate to think that because we're missing one player, we can't score anymore, so I think it's up to the other guys here to step up and find the back of the net."

 

Marchand has gone five games without a goal, while Bergeron has gone six games without a point. They have been creating plenty of chances, though, so it's not worth their time to get frustrated over the lack of production. 

 

"It's second-nature to get frustrated, but at the same time, it's going to make things worse," said Bergeron. "So it's about making sure you're really bearing down and plugging away and you keep doing the things that are giving you success. Keep working hard to get those chances, and it's gong to go in eventually, and then after that, the confidence is going to build up."

 

In Pastrnak's absence, Marchand and Bergeron played with Riley Nash on their right wing for the first time Thursday night in Minnesota. The line generated opportunities. Given that they've only had one game, two practices, and now one pregame skate together, it wouldn't be surprising to see that line get on the board Saturday night. 

 

"[The scoring chances are] there. It's just a matter of time before those two guys score again," Julien said of Marchand and Bergeron. "We were patient with some other guys earlier in the season when they were slow out of the gate and they started turning it around, so I'm confident that those guys will do the same thing."

 

Home Cookin'

 

Saturday night marks the Bruins' first home game since Nov. 10. 

 

After playing 11 of their 17 games on the road to start the season - and amassing the NHL's top road record - they will now play five of their next seven games within the confines of TD Garden. They'll be looking bring the same work ethic and compete level that they have had on the road.

 

"We're not trying to be fancy or pretty on the road, and we need to try to bring that with us," said Bergeron. "I think it's been successful and it's about making sure we do the right things and keep it simple and work hard, and eventually, we'll get the chances we'll have the success that we want."

 

Not so fast, though. While five of the Bruins' next seven games are at TD Garden - and that will be a welcome respite - the Bruins bounce to Ottawa for a game on Thanksgiving amid that stretch and then play in Philadelphia the following Tuesday, so they're not exactly at home for a long stretch. 

 

"There a few more games at home, but it's not like you're able to get in a great routine sitting at home and having a lot of home cooking, but these are character tests," said David Backes. "They're chances to grow as a team and come together and just do what it takes to win games." 

 

Video: Bruins to begin busy stretch at TD Garden

 

Khudobin Cleared to Play 

 

Goaltender Anton Khudobin skated on Saturday morning with the team and has been cleared for game action. 

 

Julien said that Khudobin was going to join Providence (on a conditioning stint) in Springfield on Saturday for their game against the Thunderbirds.

 

Zane McIntyre will serve as backup to Tuukka Rask against Winnipeg. 

 

Jets Outlook

 

Though the Bruins are looking for more offense, they can't afford to let their defensive guard down. 

 

Winnipeg boasts the league leaders in both goals (Patrik Laine - 12) and points (Mark Scheifele - 22). 

 

Laine was drafted second overall by the Jets this past June, and the 18-year-old has adjusted quickly to the NHL game from Finland.  

 

"He's brought it right from day one," said Jets Head Coach Paul Maurice. "He understands that this is a different game…We've probably worked hard not over coaching the young man - and he's a quick learner. Enough said." 

 

Pregame Skate Lines and Defense Pairings 11/19

 

With a busy schedule filled with much travel, the Bruins were off on Friday and were back on the ice Saturday morning for their pregame skate to prep for the Jets. Below are the lines rushes and defense pairings from the skate. Colin Miller stayed on for extra work, and looks to be the scratch on defense. 

 

Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Riley Nash

Ryan Spooner - David Krejci - David Backes 

Matt Beleskey - Dominic Moore - Austin Czarnik

Jimmy Hayes - Tim Schaller - Sean Kuraly  

 

Zdeno Chara - Brandon Carlo

Torey Krug -Adam McQuaid

Joe Morrow - John-Michael Liles

 

Projected Starting Goalie: Tuukka Rask // Backup: Zane McIntyre

 

Projected Scratches: David Pastrnak (upper body, day-to-day), Colin Miller

Injured Reserve: Kevan Miller  

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