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At the Rink: Coyotes at Bruins

by Matt Kalman

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins proved they could win without goaltender Tuukka Rask on Friday.

Now they'll try to build on their 3-2 victory against the New Jersey Devils with Rask back in goal.

Rask, who had played 18 straight games, was ill and did not dress against the Devils. Goaltender Niklas Svedberg started Friday for the first time since Feb. 10 and made 29 saves in the overtime victory. The Bruins, who have now won two out of three after going winless for six (0-4-2), did not hold a morning skate Saturday in advance of their 5:30 p.m. game against the Arizona Coyotes.

Goaltender Jeremy Smith, who was recalled on emergency basis from Providence of the American Hockey League and backed up Svedberg against the Devils, was returned to the minors Saturday.

The Coyotes, who also did not have a morning skate, will complete a four-game road trip against the Bruins. So far Arizona is 0-3-0 and it has lost eight in a row overall. The Coyotes' winless streak is the longest since they went 15 games without a victory (four ties) in 2003-04.

Goaltender Mike Smith says the Coyotes have made life difficult for themselves most nights.

"We continue to shoot ourselves in the foot," Smith told the Coyotes website after a 4-3 loss to the New York Rangers on Thursday. "We constantly turned pucks over. Against good teams, you're going to get it jammed right back down your throat."

Here are the projected lineups:


Lucas LessioAntoine VermetteShane Doan

Tobias RiederKyle ChipchuraSam Gagner

Martin EratMark ArcobelloDavid Moss

Lauri KorpikoskiJoe VitaleHenrik Samuelsson

Oliver Ekman-LarssonMichael Stone

Keith YandleAndrew Campbell

Brandon GormleyConnor Murphy

Mike Smith

Louis Domingue

Scratched: B.J. Crombeen, Dylan Reese

Injured: Zbynek Michalek (upper body), Martin Hanzal (upper body), Mikkel Boedker (upper body)


Brad MarchandPatrice BergeronReilly Smith

Milan LucicRyan SpoonerDavid Pastrnak

Daniel PailleCarl SoderbergLoui Eriksson

Jordan CaronChris KellyBrian Ferlin

Zdeno CharaDougie Hamilton

Matt BartkowskiDennis Seidenberg

Torey KrugAdam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask

Niklas Svedberg

Scratched: Craig Cunningham

Injured: Gregory Campbell (upper body), David Krejci (knee), Kevan Miller (shoulder)

Status report: Campbell is near the end of the first week of his injury absence. The original prognosis was for him to be out at least a week.

Who's hot: Arcobello has two goals in his past two games. He will play in his 100th NHL game Saturday. … Paille has a two-game goal streak.

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