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Bergeron out with upper-body injury for Boston, which has won 12 straight vs. Arizona

by Alan Robinson / Correspondent

BRUINS (10-6-3) at COYOTES (9-8-1)

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


The Game

Forward Patrice Bergeron will not play when the Boston Bruins play the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on Saturday.

The Bruins' leading scorer (26 points; nine goals, 17 assists) sustained an upper-body injury in the second period of the Bruins' 1-0 overtime loss to the Dallas Stars on Friday. Bergeron skated to the locker room at 7:45 of the second period after being hit into the boards by Stars forward Radek Faksa. Bergeron returned about five minutes later.

The Bruins said Bergeron and defenseman John Moore (lower-body injury) would go back to Boston on Saturday to be examined by team doctors. The Bruins also said defenseman and captain Zdeno Chara, who injured his left MCL on Wednesday against the Colorado Avalanche, would be re-evaluated in four weeks.

The Coyotes, who have won five of their past six at home, are 0-11-1 against the Bruins since a 5-2 win on Oct. 9, 2010 in Prague.

Boston has an NHL-best 20 power-play goals while the Coyotes have given up a League-low five power-play goals. The Coyotes have scored 10 shorthanded goals, the most by any NHL team through 18 games in 30 years.


Players to watch

Bruins forward David Pastrnak leads the NHL with 17 goals and has eight points (five goals, three assists) in his past four games.

Coyotes forward Derek Stepan has two goals in his past five games and 20 points (seven goals, 13 assists) in 24 games against Boston.


They said it

"They kept the puck out of the net, the first thing you like. That's their job, playing against good players. For the most part they were respectful of who they were playing against, how they had to play (and) and did a nice job." -- Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy on defensemen Connor Clifton and Jakub Zboril, who made their NHL debuts Friday

"They have a line where there's maybe only three or four of those in the League that can carry your whole team for long stretches. Pastrnak's obviously a great shooter. Bergeron's hockey IQ is outstanding; the guy gets his points but he's also a 200-foot player. And (Brad) Marchand is a big-time player." -- Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet on the Bruins' No. 1 line


Bruins projected lineup

Brad Marchand -- Danton Heinen  -- David Pastrnak

Joakim Nordstrom -- David Krejci -- Jake DeBrusk

Chris Wagner -- Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson -- Anders Bjork

Noel Acciari -- Sean Kuraly -- David Backes

Jeremy Lauzon -- Matt Grzelcyk

Torey Krug -- Connor Clifton

Jakub Zboril -- Steven Kampfer

Jaroslav Halak

Tuukka Rask

Scratched: None

Injured: Zdeno Chara (knee), John Moore (lower body), Brandon Carlo (upper body), Charlie McAvoy (concussion), Kevan Miller (hand), Urho Vaakanainen (concussion)


Coyotes projected lineup

Clayton Keller -- Derek Stepan -- Christian Fischer

Michael Grabner -- Alex Galchenyuk -- Brendan Perlini

Richard Panik -- Brad Richardson -- Vinnie Hinostroza

Lawson Crouse -- Dylan Strome -- Nick Cousins

Oliver Ekman-Larsson -- Jordan Oesterle

Niklas Hjalmarsson -- Ilya Lyubushkin

Kevin Connauton -- Dakota Mermis

Darcy Kuemper

Hunter Miska

Scratched: Robbie Russo

Injured: Jakob Chychrun (upper body), Jason Demers (lower body), Antti Raanta (lower body), Alex Goligoski (lower body), Christian Dvorak (upper body)

Suspended: Josh Archibald


Status report

Demers is out indefinitely after being injured late in the third period of the Coyotes' 2-1 victory against the Nashville Predators on Thursday. … Archibald will serve the first game of a two-game suspension for an illegal check to the head of Predators forward Ryan Hartman. … Raanta could return next week. … Miller could return Wednesday, when the Bruins play the Detroit Red Wings. … The Coyotes recalled forward Mario Kempe from Tucson of the American Hockey League.


Stat pack

Marchand has an NHL-leading 23 shorthanded goals since 2010-11. Grabner is second during that span with 19 and leads the NHL with four this season. … The Bruins are 4-4-1 since starting the season 6-2-2. … Krejci has seven assists in his past six games. … Ekman-Larsson has seven points (two goals, five assists) in his past eight games. … Kuemper made an NHL career-high 45 saves against Nashville.

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