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Bruins face Blackhawks, seek better results at home

Boston after chemistry on top line; Weise to debut for Chicago

by Matt Kalman / Correspondent

BLACKHAWKS (40-20-5) AT BRUINS (35-23-6)

TV: 7 p.m. ET, TVA Sports, SN1, SNE, SNO, SNP, CSN-CH, NESN, NHL.TV

BOSTON - The Boston Bruins will attempt to win consecutive home games for the first time since Dec. 16 and 20 when they face the Chicago Blackhawks at TD Garden on Thursday.

The Bruins defeated the Calgary Flames 2-1 on Tuesday.

Along with attempting to establish a better home record (Boston is 14-16-3 here), the Bruins are trying to forge chemistry after the addition of forward Lee Stempniak in a trade with the New Jersey Devils before the NHL Trade Deadline on Monday.

Stempniak, who had 16 goals and 41 points in 63 games for the Devils, made his Bruins debut Tuesday on a line with Patrice Bergeron (Bruins-high 54 points) and Brad Marchand (third on the Bruins with 48 points).

That line didn't have a point 5-on-5 against the Flames but its SAT For was around 60 percent, according to

"I think the only thing that we can ask him to do is continue to play his game," Marchand said. "He's been having a great year, he's a great player. We'll find each other, how each other works eventually. It's something we're going to have to work on. ... He plays a very similar style to us. He's great with the puck, he knows how to make plays, he knows where to be on the ice, he knows how to read plays, so we just want him to play his game and we'll do the same and we'll work it out."

Stempniak's addition allowed coach Claude Julien to move Brett Connolly to the fourth line, which produced a goal by Landon Ferraro against the Flames.

"When you've got Brett playing where he is right now, that's a pretty good situation to be in as a hockey club. So it's about having the right players play with the right players," Julien said.

The Western Conference-leading Blackhawks, who have won two in a row after defeating the Detroit Red Wings 5-2 on Wednesday, did not hold a morning skate.

Here are the projected lineups:

Andrew Ladd - Jonathan Toews - Andrew Shaw
Artemi Panarin - Artem Anisimov - Patrick Kane
Tomas Fleischmann - Teuvo Teravainen - Dale Weise
Andrew Desjardins - Dennis Rasmussen - Richard Panik
Duncan Keith - Niklas Hjalmarsson
Erik Gustafsson - Brent Seabrook
Trevor van Riemsdyk - Christian Ehrhoff
Scott Darling
Corey Crawford
Injured: Marian Hossa (lower body), Marcus Kruger (left wrist fracture)
Scratched: Brandon Mashinter, Michal Rozsival

Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Lee Stempniak

Matt Beleskey - David Krejci - David Pastrnak

Loui Eriksson - Ryan Spooner - Jimmy Hayes

Landon Ferraro - Noel Acciari - Brett Connolly

Zdeno Chara - Kevan Miller

Torey Krug - Dennis Seidenberg

John-Michael Liles - Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask

Jonas Gustavsson

Injured: Chris Kelly (broken femur)

Scratched: Tyler Randell, Zach Trotman, Joe Morrow

Status report: Weise should make his Blackhawks debut after clearing up visa problems. He was acquired in a trade with the Montreal Canadiens on Feb. 26.

Who's hot: Ladd has a five-game point streak with five goals and one assist in that span. ... Bergeron's game-winning goal against the Flames on Tuesday was his 13th goal (out of 24) that gave the Bruins a lead.

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