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Preview: Bruins at Coyotes

Goaltender Tuukka Rask to start for Boston; defenseman Michael Stone returns to Coyotes lineup

by Jerry Brown / NHL.com Correspondent

BRUINS (8-6-0) at COYOTES (5-8-0)

8 p.m. ET; FS-A, NESN, NHL.TV

 

Bruins team scope

The Boston Bruins have beaten the Arizona Coyotes eight straight times, dating back to 2010 when the teams opened the season with two games in Prague, Czech Republic. The Bruins are 5-2-0 in their past seven games this season. Five different players scored in a 5-2 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday. Goalie Tuukka Rask is 8-1-0 with a 1.76 goals-against average and will start Saturday with back-to-back games to begin their their three-game road trip. Backup Zane McIntyre is 0-2-0 with a 4.03 GAA in two starts. Forward Brad Marchand has 15 points (five goals, 10 assists) in 14 games, and forward David Pastrnak has a team-leading 10 goals. The Bruins have taken 154 shots in the past four games, an average of 38.5.

 

Coyotes team scope

The Coyotes will have defenseman Michael Stone back in the lineup for the first time since Oct. 27. Stone, who spent all summer rehabbing a knee injury, has missed six games with an upper-body injury. Captain Shane Doan scored the Coyotes first goal of the season on Oct. 15 against the Philadelphia Flyers, but hasn't scored since. He remains three goals shy of 400 in his NHL career. Doan, 40, earned his 552nd career assist in a 3-2 loss against the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday, and his first point in eight games left him one behind Thomas Steen's franchise record. "I'm more frustrated with myself than I am with the team," Doan said. "We've lost four games by a goal and I haven't really done much. I've been terrible." Center Martin Hanzal (upper body) will miss a fifth straight game but returned to the ice for the first time Friday.

 

Bruins projected lineup

Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - David Pastrnak

Ryan Spooner - David Krejci - David Backes

Matt Beleskey - Riley Nash - Austin Czarnik

Tim Schaller - Dominic Moore - Jimmy Hayes

Zdeno Chara - Brandon Carlo

Torey Krug - Adam McQuaid

John-Michael Liles - Colin Miller

Zane McIntyre

Tuukka Rask

Scratched: Joe Morrow, Sean Kuraly

Injured: Noel Acciari (lower body), Anton Khudobin (upper body), Kevan Miller (hand)

 

Coyotes projected lineup

Jamie McGinn- Jordan Martinook - Radim Vrbata

Max Domi - Christian Dvorak - Anthony Duclair

Tobias Rieder - Brad Richardson - Shane Doan       

Lawson Crouse - Laurent Dauphin - Ryan White

Oliver Ekman-Larsson - Michael Stone

Alex Goligoski - Anthony DeAngelo

Jakob Chychrun - Connor Murphy

Louis Domingue

Justin Peters

Scratched: Kevin Connuaton, Dylan Strome, Luke Schenn

Injured: Martin Hanzal (lower body), Mike Smith (knee)


Status report

Stone will play on the top defense pair with Ekman-Larsson. Murphy, who has played with Ekman-Larsson most of the season, will play on the third pair with Chychrun. … Schenn is a scratch for the first time this season. … Smith (lower body) took part in first full practice Friday and is now considered day-to-day. … Chara needs one assist for 400 in his career. … The Bruins have taken 154 shots in the past four games, an average of 38.5.

 

Who's hot

Pastrnak has a goal in five of the past six games. … Marchand has a point in five of the past six games. … Domi has a goal and three assists in the past two games.

 

 

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