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Need to Know: Bruins at Senators

Nordstrom set to man the middle as B's look to close out trip with a win

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

OTTAWA - Joakim Nordstrom has done a little bit of everything so far this season.

Signed to a two-year deal over the summer, the Swedish forward was expected to team up with Chris Wagner to help replace Tim Schaller as the left wing on Boston's fourth line.

But circumstances have dictated otherwise to this point in the Bruins' season.

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Vaakanainen Debuts in Bruins OT Loss to Vancouver

Defenseman fills in during Boston's third straight road loss

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

VANCOUVER - Like most the night before their NHL debut, Urho Vaakanainen didn't get much sleep.

And while there were undoubtedly plenty of butterflies rummaging through his stomach, his lack of shuteye was less about nerves and more about logistics.

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McAvoy, Miller Return to Boston For Further Evaluation

Vaakanainen, Kampfer get call for Bruins tilt with Vancouver

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

VANNCOUVER - The Bruins defense corps will look quite different on Saturday night against the Canucks.

Both Charlie McAvoy (undisclosed) and Kevan Miller (hand) will not be in the lineup and have returned to Boston for further testing, leaving the Bruins without two-thirds of their right side on the back end as they try to snap a two-game skid.

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Bruins Grab A Point in OT Loss to Edmonton

Missed opportunities early on cost Boston in 3-2 setback

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

EDMONTON, Alberta - The Bruins accomplished much of what they set out to on Thursday night in Edmonton. After a subpar defensive effort in their loss to the Flames during the front end of the back-to-back, Boston was looking for a bounce-back effort.

They got one. To an extent.

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Heinen Back in As Part of Lineup Shuffle

Winger will skate as second-line left wing for B's visit to Edmonton

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

EDMONTON, Alberta - Bruce Cassidy is shuffling things up for the Bruins' tilt with the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night. Three of his four lines will be different from the trios he put forth in Boston's loss to Calgary on Wednesday, with the biggest alteration being the insertion of Danton Heinen back into the lineup.

Heinen was a healthy scratch for the last two games, but will return to action against the Oilers as the second-line left wing, alongside David Krejci and Jake DeBrusk.

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Early Defensive Lapses Cost Bruins in Calgary

Boston surrendered three first-period goals in 5-2 loss

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

CALGARY, Alberta - The Bruins' four-game road trip did not get off to the smoothest start on Wednesday night.

Boston surrendered three first-period goals, and despite some pushback over the final two frames, saw its four-game win streak come to an end with a 5-2 setback to the Calgary Flames.

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Cassidy Will Ice Same Lineup Against Flames

Boston starts four-game road trip on Wednesday in Calgary

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

CALGARY, Alberta - Bruce Cassidy confirmed on Wednesday morning that he will not be making any changes to his lineup when the Bruins visit the Flames tonight at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

The B's bench boss will ice the same 20 players as he did on Saturday afternoon in Boston's 8-2 victory over the Red Wings at TD Garden.

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Youngsters Provide Their Support

Their secondary scoring, first-line's dominance lead B's over Red Wings

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - The Bruins' first line continued its early-season domination on Saturday afternoon, combining for eight more points as they helped the Black & Gold cruise to an easy 8-2 victory over the Red Wings.

But Patrice Bergeron (three assists), Brad Marchand (two assists), and David Pastrnak (hat trick) had plenty of support against Detroit - particularly from Boston's crop of sophomore talent, as Jake DeBrusk (two goals), Charlie McAvoy, Anders Bjork, and Sean Kuraly all picked up their first goals of the season in the win.

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Pastrnak's Goal Got Them Going

Winger's highlight-reel tally sparked Bruins in win over Edmonton

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - On the outside, David Pastrnak looked cool and composed.

Midway through the first period on Thursday night, the winger cruised to the net, dangled through a defender, and deked around the Oilers' goalie to finish off what has quickly become an early candidate for goal of the year.

But on the inside, it was a completely different story.

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Nordstrom Bumped Up to Second Line

Winger will play alongside Krejci, DeBrusk; Donato expected to be healthy scratch

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - The Bruins' second line will have a different look when they take the ice against the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night.

Coach Bruce Cassidy confirmed following morning skate that Joakim Nordstrom would be inserted into the lineup as the second-line left wing, with Jake DeBrusk shifting over to play the right side. Rookie Ryan Donato will be the healthy scratch.

"Right now [Nordstrom's] a more 200-foot player," said Cassidy. "That's why we signed him, we can move him around. Is it the long-term plan? We'd like Ryan to develop into that top-six or nine…[across the NHL] you're seeing a lot of [third] lines that score; not just two, and then checking, and then energy. Whether it's the second or third [line], that's where we'd like him to get to. I think we'll get him there. It's just not tonight."

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