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Preview: Bruins at Ducks

Boston looks for fifth straight win under Bruce Cassidy; Nicolas Kerdiles makes NHL debut for Anaheim

by Dan Arritt / Correspondent

BRUINS (30-23-6) at DUCKS (31-20-10)

10:30 p.m. ET; SN, SN1, PRIME, NESN, NHL.TV


Bruins team scope

The Boston Bruins will try to extend their season-high winning streak to five games, which has coincided Bruce Cassidy taking over as coach on Feb. 7. Boston hasn't won five straight sicne Nov. 19-27, 2015. Cassidy moved Ryan Spooner to center with wings Frank Vatrano and Jimmy Hayes in his first game behind the bench, and the line has since combined for three goals and six assists. "Anchoring that line, using his speed in the middle of the ice, I think is an advantage for [Spooner] versus the wing, so we're going to allow him to do that as long as his game doesn't slip," Cassidy said. Boston defensemen have also become more active in the offensive zone under Cassidy. The defense scored four of the 16 goals in the past four games. "I think we have better pace and we're harder to play against in terms of us coming at teams and putting them on their heels," Cassidy said. "Obviously, it's a challenge to do it for a full 60 minutes, but I think we want to be known as a team that has that solid defensive fabric that's been woven into this group for years, and now we want to add some dynamic offense with the D joining the rush."


Ducks team scope

Anaheim Ducks forward Nicolas Kerdiles is expected to make his NHL debut. Kerdiles, who grew up about 15 minutes from Honda Center in Irvine, California, skated with Corey Perry and Rickard Rakell at the morning skate. He has four goals and nine points in 10 games for San Diego of the American Hockey League. "He's been playing well for the Gulls in the last week to 10 days," assistant coach Paul MacLean said. "His game has really taken to another level. He has the ability to skate, and we want to make sure we're giving him the opportunity to come up here and see if he can help us." Kerdiles said he received word of his call-up from San Diego general manager Bob Ferguson shortly after practice Tuesday morning. "[Ferguson said], 'You just got called up, come back and grab your gear,' So, that was a pretty funny moment and I remember getting the chills and just being really happy." The Ducks are 3-5-1 in February and have scored five goals in their past four games (2-2-0). Perry has four goals in his past 31 games. He is on pace for his fewest goals in a full NHL season since he had 13 as a rookie in 2005-06.


Bruins projected lineups

Brad Marchand -- Patrice Bergeron -- David Backes

Peter Cehlarik -- David Krejci -- David Pastrnak

Frank Vatrano -- Ryan Spooner -- Jimmy Hayes

Matt Beleskey -- Riley Nash -- Dominic Moore

Brandon Carlo -- Zdeno Chara

Torey Krug -- Adam McQuaid

Kevan Miller -- Colin Miller

Tuukka Rask

Anton Khudobin

Scratched: Tim Schaller, John-Michael Liles, Joe Morrow

Injured: Austin Czarnik (lower body)


Ducks projected lineup

Ondrej Kase -- Ryan Getzlaf -- Jakob Silfverberg

Nicolas Kerdiles -- Rickard Rakell -- Corey Perry

Andrew Cogliano -- Ryan Kesler -- Logan Shaw

Joseph Cramarossa -- Nate Thompson -- Nick Ritchie

Cam Fowler -- Sami Vatanen

Hampus Lindholm -- Josh Manson

Brandon Montour -- Kevin Bieksa

John Gibson

Jonathan Bernier

Scratched: Korbinian Holzer, Jared Boll

Injured: Simon Despres (upper body), Clayton Stoner (lower body)


Status report

Cassidy said Beleskey will replace Schaller in the lineup. The Ducks selected Beleskey in the fourth round (No. 112) of the 2006 NHL Draft. Beleskey, who was a healthy scratch in two of the past three games, has not scored in a goal in his past 16 games. He scored an NHL career-high 22 goals for the Ducks in 2014-15 and had a career-best 37 points (15 goals, 22 assists) for the Bruins last season.


Who's hot

Pastrnak has 15 points (six goals, nine assists) in his past 10 games. ... Bergeron has 13 points (four goals, nine assists) in his past nine games. ... Marchand has eight goals and six assists in his past nine games. ... Krejci has eight points (three goals, five assists) in his past seven games. ... Rask is 3-0-0 with four goals against and a shutout in his past three starts. ... Getzlaf has six points, (three goals, three assists) in his past five games.

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