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Bruins, Blackhawks meet chasing playoff position

Chicago will have Hossa trying for 500th goal, but again without Keith

by Brian Hedger / Correspondent

BRUINS (41-29-8) at BLACKHAWKS (45-26-7)

TV: 12:30 p.m. ET; NBC, TVA Sports, SN

Season series: The Boston Bruins defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 4-2 at TD Garden on March 3. Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand each had a goal and assist for the Bruins, Lee Stempniak and Torey Krug each had two assists, and Tuukka Rask made 25 saves. Scott Darling made 21 saves for the Blackhawks.

Bruins team scope: Boston has four games left and remains in a race for third place in the Atlantic Division with the Detroit Red Wings. The Bruins, who are 2-1-0 on a four-game road trip, practiced in Chicago on Saturday without their full allotment of defensemen. Zdeno Chara took a maintenance day after playing 28:29 in a 6-5 win at the St. Louis Blues on Friday, and Kevan Miller, who left against the Blues with a lower-body injury, was seen on crutches and is doubtful. Boston was without defenseman Dennis Seidenberg (lower body), who didn't make the trip. Defenseman Zach Trotman is expected to be in the lineup. "We've got some guys who have played with us all year [who can play]," coach Claude Julien told the Bruins website. "It's not like we've got somebody coming in who hasn't been with our team yet this year. We'll deal with it the right way and get the right pairs out there at the right time." Rask is expected to start.

Blackhawks team scope: Chicago, which is trying to get healthy prior to the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, will get back right wing Marian Hossa, who missed a 5-4 overtime win at the Winnipeg Jets on Friday with an illness but practiced Saturday and said he's feeling better. He has 499 NHL goals. Chicago will not have forward Andrew Shaw, who left with an upper-body injury in the second period against the Jets. Shaw's injury is considered to be minor, coach Joel Quenneville said. The Blackhawks trail the Blues by four points for second place in the Central Division; each team has four games left. It's a spot that provides home-ice advantage in the Western Conference First Round. "You never know what can happen going forward, so we're just trying to win the next game [by] playing the right way," Quenneville said. "We're trying to get balance in the ice time. Our top guys, we don't want to play them as much, but we want to keep them in that game we're playing if there's a chance the game's there, and try to win a game." Darling will make his ninth straight start. Goalie Corey Crawford (upper body) did individual work prior to practice and hopes to start a game before the postseason. Defenseman Duncan Keith will serve the second of a six-game suspension issued by the NHL Department of Player Safety on Friday.

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