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Pastrnak seeks point in 13th straight for Boston; Josefson back in Buffalo lineup

by Joe Yerdon / Correspondent

BRUINS (16-10-5) at SABRES (8-18-7)

7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports, NESN, NHL.TV 


The Game

Boston Bruins forward David Pastrnak will look to extend his NHL season-long point streak to 13 games when the Bruins visit the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center on Tuesday.

Pastrnak has 14 points (five goals, nine assists) in his past 12 games, and established the longest point streak in the League this season with an assist in a 7-2 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday. Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos and Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov each had an 11-game point streak earlier this season.

Goaltender Anton Khudobin is expected to start for the Bruins, who are 6-2-1 in their past nine games.
Goaltender Robin Lehner will start for the Sabres, who have lost two straight and are 2-5-3 in their past 10 games.

Center Jacob Josefson returns to the Sabres lineup after missing nine games with an ankle injury.


Players to watch

Bruins left wing Brad Marchand has 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in a nine-game point streak.

Sabres forward Evander Kane has eight points (two goals, six assists) in his past seven games, with points in six of seven.


They said it

"We played really good, a lot of things to take away, but now we've got to put it behind us and get ready for another tough game tomorrow." -- Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy after the win against the Blue Jackets

"I think they made a big commitment to their play without the puck. It reflects; they're sixth in the League in goals-against, their shot-attempts against are No. 1. … They're paying particular attention to detail when they don't have [the puck]. … They're paying a price to win, so that's what you're up against." -- Sabres coach Phil Housley on the Bruins


Bruins projected lineup

Brad Marchand -- Patrice Bergeron -- David Pastrnak

Jake DeBrusk -- Ryan Spooner -- Anders Bjork

Danton Heinen -- Riley Nash -- David Backes

Tim Schaller -- Sean Kuraly -- Noel Acciari

Zdeno Chara -- Charlie McAvoy

Torey Krug -- Brandon Carlo

Matt Grzelcyk -- Kevan Miller

Anton Khudobin

Tuukka Rask

Scratched: Paul Postma, Frank Vatrano

Injured: David Krejci (upper body), Peter Cehlarik (lower body), Adam McQuaid (leg)


Sabres projected lineup

Evander Kane -- Jack Eichel -- Jason Pominville

Benoit Pouliot -- Ryan O'Reilly -- Kyle Okposo

Zemgus Girgensons -- Johan Larsson -- Sam Reinhart

Evan Rodrigues -- Jacob Josefson -- Jordan Nolan

Marco Scandella -- Rasmus Ristolainen

Nathan Beaulieu -- Zach Bogosian

Jake McCabe -- Victor Antipin

Robin Lehner

Chad Johnson

Scratched: Scott Wilson, Josh Gorges, Justin Falk

Injured: Taylor Fedun (lower body)


Status update

The Bruins did not skate on Tuesday. … To make room for Josefson, the Sabres sent forward Hudson Fasching to 
Rochester of the American Hockey League on Monday.


Stat pack

The Bruins are 1-3-0 in the second game of back-to-back sets this season. … Lehner is 4-10-3 with a 2.80 goals-against average and .920 save percentage in 18 games against Boston.

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