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Bergeron remains sidelined with lower-body injury; Colorado set for home opener

by Rick Sadowski / NHL.com Correspondent

BRUINS (1-1-0) at AVALANCHE (2-1-0)

9:30 p.m. ET; ALT, NESN, NHL.TV 

 

The Game

Center Patrice Bergeron will miss his third consecutive game with a lower-body injury when the Boston Bruins play the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center to open a three-game road trip. He went on the ice after the morning skate and is scheduled to skate again Thursday.

The Avalanche are playing their home opener after going 2-1-0 on a three-game road trip to begin the season. They are 13-5-3 in home openers since moving from Quebec in 1995. 

 

Players to watch

Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask, who will start for the third time this season, is 1-5-1 against the Avalanche despite a 2.00 goals-against average and .929 save percentage. He stopped 19 of 22 shots in Boston's 4-0 loss to Colorado at TD Garden on Monday.

Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov will make his second consecutive start. He made 29 saves Monday for his 22nd NHL shutout. He is 2-0-0 with a 1.00 GAA and .971 save percentage.

 

They said it

"We want to show that we're a better team than we showed Monday afternoon. We want to play to our standard. It's 82 games a year [and] you want to play to your standard. We feel we're a good hockey team and we will win our share of games. We didn't feel we did that on Monday, we addressed it and here we are." -- Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy

"We want to do well at home. We haven't done very well the last few years and we want to be better this year." -- Avalanche center Matt Duchene. Colorado went 13-26-2 at home last season and 17-20-4 in 2015-16

 

Bruins projected lineup

Brad Marchand -- Riley Nash -- David Pastrnak

Jake DeBrusk -- David Krejci -- Anders Bjork

Matt Beleskey -- Ryan Spooner -- Frank Vatrano

Tim Schaller -- Sean Kuraly -- Danton Heinen

Zdeno Chara -- Brandon Carlo

Torey Krug -- Adam McQuaid

Kevan Miller -- Charlie McAvoy

Tuukka Rask

Anton Khudobin

Scratched: Austin Czarnik, Paul Postma

Injured: Noel Acciari (finger), David Backes (diverticulitis), Patrice Bergeron (lower body)

 

Avalanche projected lineup

Sven Andrighetto -- Nathan MacKinnon -- Mikko Rantanen

Alexander Kerfoot -- Matt Duchene -- Nail Yakupov

Gabriel Landeskog -- Tyson Jost -- J.T. Compher

Colin Wilson -- Carl Soderberg -- Blake Comeau

Nikita Zadorov -- Erik Johnson

Patrik Nemeth -- Tyson Barrie

Mark Barberio -- Chris Bigras 

Semyon Varlamov

Jonathan Bernier

Scratched: Anton Lindholm, Andrei Mironov, Matt Nieto

Injured: Sergei Boikov (shoulder), A.J. Greer (concussion)

 

Status report

Heinen was recalled from Providence of the American Hockey League on Tuesday. ... Barberio will replace Lindholm after being a healthy scratch the past two games.

 

Stat pack

The Bruins are 5-0-1 at Pepsi Center since a 4-1 loss on Dec. 7, 2005 ... The Avalanche haven't allowed an even-strength goal in three games, permitting five on power plays and one shorthanded.

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