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Preview: Bruins at Avalanche

Matt Duchene out for Colorado; Boston continues road trip

by Rick Sadowski / Correspondent

BRUINS (9-6-0) at AVALANCHE (6-7-0)

TV: 7 p.m. ET; ALT, NESN, NHL.TV 


Bruins team scope

The Boston Bruins didn't have a morning skate after opening a three-game road trip Saturday with a 2-1 win against the Arizona Coyotes. They are 3-1-0 in their past four games and 5-2-0 in their past seven. Goalie Tuukka Rask made 31 saves and is 9-1-0 with a 1.69 goals-against average and .941 save percentage. He's won three games in a row but hasn't played both ends of a back-to-back set this season, so rookie Zane McIntyre could start. McIntyre made 20 saves Tuesday in a 3-2 loss to the Montreal Canadiens in the second game of a back-to-back set. He's 0-2-0 with a 4.03 goals-against average and .859 save percentage. Coach Claude Julien said the Bruins have to play better than they did in the second and third periods against the Coyotes. "We came out in the second, looked like we were a team that thought it was going to be an easy night, and stopped doing the things that we'd done so well," he said. "It's important to us, we'll take it, but we need to be better moving forward." Rookie defenseman Brandon Carlo is from Colorado Springs and is looking forward to playing his first game at Pepsi Center. "I have plenty of family and friends coming up, probably too many for me to handle, but overall I think it will be a lot of fun, a great experience," Carlo told the Boston Herald. "It's pretty crazy. I used to go to games in that building and watch the Avalanche play and now I'll be out there competing against those guys." Right wing David Pastrnak has 10 goals, tied for the second in the NHL with the Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby and Winnipeg Jets' Mark Scheifele.


Avalanche team scope

The Colorado Avalanche didn't have a morning skate, but center Matt Duchene (concussion-like symptoms) won't play, according to the team website. He was injured Friday in a 3-2 overtime win against the Winnipeg Jets and didn't practice Saturday. Duchene leads Colorado with 11 points (six goals, five assists). Nathan MacKinnon will take Duchene's spot at center, moving from right wing to play on a line with left wing Gabriel Landeskog and right wing Mikko Rantanen. "I played center for the first 10 games, went back to the wing and now I'm back playing center," MacKinnon said. "It's not a big change at all for me. I'm pretty comfortable." The Avalanche called up left wing A.J. Greer from San Antonio of the American Hockey League and he's expected to make his NHL debut. He could replace injured Blake Comeau (groin) on a line with center Carl Soderberg and right wing Rene Bourque. The 6-feet-3, 204-pound Greer had five goals and nine assists in 13 games with the Rampage. He was Colorado's second-round pick (No. 39) in the 2015 NHL Draft. Goalie Semyon Varlamov will start after making 16 saves Friday against the Jets to end his five-game losing streak. "I felt good," he said Saturday. "I felt strong mentally. I had a tough stretch, didn't play well. I don't want to talk about what happened in the past, it's history. I'm looking forward to playing against Boston."


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)


Avalanche projected lineup

Gabriel Landeskog -- Nathan MacKinnon -- Mikko Rantanen

A.J. Greer -- Carl Soderberg -- Rene Bourque

Andreas Martinsen -- Mikhail Grigorenko-- Jarome Iginla

Joe Colborne -- John Mitchell -- Cody McLeod

Nikita Zadorov -- Erik Johnson

Patrick Wiercioch -- Tyson Barrie

Eric Gelinas -- Francois Beauchemin

Semyon Varlamov

Calvin Pickard

Scratched: None

Injured: Blake Comeau (groin), Matt Duchene (head), Fedor Tyutin (arm)


Status report

Khudobin is traveling with the Bruins, but hasn't played since he was injured in practice on Oct. 26. ... Comeau practiced Saturday but will miss his fourth consecutive game.


Who's hot

Pastrnak has six goals and one assist in the past seven games ... Krejci has three assists in two games. ... Krug has one goal and one assist in two games. ... Bourque has three goals in two games.

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