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Bruins at Ducks preview

Boston without Marchand, Bjork; Lindholm game-time decision for Anaheim

by Dan Arritt / NHL.com Correspondent

BRUINS (6-6-4) at DUCKS (7-7-3)

10 p.m. ET; SN360, PRIME, NESN, NHL.TV

 

The Game

Boston Bruins forwards Brad Marchand and Anders Bjork will not be in the lineup when the Bruins visit the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on Wednesday.

Marchand and Bjork each sustained an undisclosed injury in a 4-1 loss against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday. Neither player is on the Bruins' four-game road trip.

Marchand is Boston's second leading scorer with 15 points (eight goals, seven assists) in 14 games. Bjork has nine points (three goals, six assists) in 16 games.

The Bruins look to avoid their fourth straight loss; the three consecutive defeats mark their longest losing streak this season.

Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm will be a game-time decision with an undisclosed injury.

Anaheim, which has won seven straight games against Boston, is 1-3-2 in its past six games after going 4-1-0 in its previous five games.

 

Players to watch

Forward David Pastrnak is the Bruins leading scorer with 17 points (10 goals, seven assists) in 16 games, but he has yet to score a goal in six games against the Ducks.

Forward Rickard Rakell has taken the Ducks scoring lead with 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in 17 games, thanks to having seven points (one goal, six assists) in his past five games.

 

They said it

"We don't even know what our true team looks like." -- Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy

"Anybody that wears that black and gold over there has had some history of championship pedigree behind them." -- Ducks coach Randy Carlyle

 

Bruins projected lineup

Peter Cehlarik -- Patrice Bergeron -- David Pastrnak

Frank Vatrano -- Jordan Szwarz -- Danton Heinen

Matt Beleskey -- Sean Kuraly -- Jake DeBrusk

Tim Schaller -- Riley Nash -- Noel Acciari

Zdeno Chara -- Charlie McAvoy

Torey Krug -- Brandon Carlo

Paul Postma -- Kevan Miller

Tuukka Rask

Anton Khudobin

Scratched: Rob O'Gara, Kenny Agostino

Injured: Brad Marchand (undisclosed), Anders Bjork (undisclosed), David Krejci (back), Ryan Spooner (groin), David Backes (colon surgery), Adam McQuaid (leg).

 
Ducks projected lineup

Rickard Rakell -- Derek Grant -- Corey Perry

Andrew Cogliano -- Chris Wagner -- Jakob Silfverberg

Logan Shaw -- Antoine Vermette -- Dennis Rasmussen

Nick Ritchie -- Kalle Kossila -- Kevin Roy

Francois Beauchemin -- Brandon Montour

Jaycob Megna -- Josh Manson

Kevin Bieksa -- Sami Vatanen

John Gibson

Reto Berra

Scratched: Korbinian Holzer

Injured: Ryan Miller (lower body), Ryan Getzlaf (face), Cam Fowler (knee), Patrick Eaves (illness), Ryan Kesler (hip surgery), Jared Boll (lower body), Ondrej Kase (upper body), Hampus Lindholm (undisclosed)

 
Status report

Krejci practiced on Tuesday, but will miss his 11th consecutive game. Agostino and Cehlarik each was recalled from Providence of the American Hockey League on Monday. … Acciari participated in the morning skate after being away from the Bruins since Monday to attend the funeral of a former college teammate.

 

Stat pack

The Bruins are 6-3-1 against Western Conference teams this season and 0-3-3 against the East. ... Vermette will play in his 1,000th NHL game. He's the 17th active skater to reach that milestone.

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