BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins will try to win two in a row for the first time in November and win two straight home games for the first time this season when they face the San Jose Sharks at TD Garden on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; CSN-CA, NESN).
Boston's current five-game homestand was supposed to be a time to build momentum and grab hold of a higher spot in the Atlantic Division standings.
The Bruins' longest stretch of consecutive home games this season got off to a rocky start with a 3-2 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Nov. 12, but they bounced back with a 3-1 win against the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday.
"We've got some games in hand and we've got to make the most of it," Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "You win tonight, you've got an opportunity to move up three spots. And that's important. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we've got to take advantage of those games in hand and make the most of it. So yes, there is an importance to winning tonight and to be able to put together a 60-minute type of effort we're looking for. So to duplicate that from last Saturday would be important for us."
The Bruins are sixth in the division with 17 points, two behind the Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning.
San Jose is 2-0-0 on its six-game road trip. The Sharks have not allowed a power-play goal in their past four games and their penalty kill is 9-for-9. The Bruins' power play didn't score in their past game against Detroit but is still ranked No. 1 in the League with a 33.3 percent success rate. The Sharks' penalty kill ranks 20th (79.2 percent).
"Our penalty kill's killing with some confidence now," Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said. "And it starts in net. So it's a great test for us. I think it's coming at the right time. I think if we were playing this team a week ago when we were a little bit rattled, a little bit off, a little bit shaken confidence-wise, I wouldn't be as comfortable. But I like where our mindset is right now and this is a great opportunity and great test for us."
Here are the projected lineups:
Melker Karlsson – Joe Thornton – Joe Pavelski
Nikolay Goldobin – Patrick Marleau – Joel Ward
Joonas Donskoi – Tomas Hertl – Tommy Wingels
Matt Nieto – Chris Tierney – Mike Brown
Paul Martin – Brent Burns
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Justin Braun
Brenden Dillon – Mirco Mueller
Injured: Logan Couture (broken leg), Ben Smith (head)
Scratched: Micheal Haley, Matt Tennyson
Matt Beleskey – Patrice Bergeron – Brett Connolly
Frank Vatrano – David Krejci – Loui Eriksson
Brad Marchand – Ryan Spooner – Jimmy Hayes
Zac Rinaldo – Joonas Kemppainen – Tyler Randell
Zdeno Chara – Zach Trotman
Dennis Seidenberg – Kevan Miller
Torey Krug – Adam McQuaid
Injured: David Pastrnak (foot), Chris Kelly (fractured leg)
Scratched: Colin Miller, Joe Morrow
Status report: Smith skated on his own after practice Monday but is not expected to play for the Sharks on this road trip. … Julien said all eight Bruins defensemen are available to play. Colin Miller missed the Bruins' past game with a lower-body injury but practiced Monday.
Who's hot: Burns has four goals and three assists in the past eight games. … Bergeron has a four-game point streak with five points in the span.