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Boston can extend point streak to five; Merzlikins looks to stay hot for Columbus

by Craig Merz / Independent Correspondent

BRUINS (27-8-12) at BLUE JACKETS (22-16-8)

7 p.m. ET; SN360, SNE, FS-O, NESN, NHL.TV


The Game

The Boston Bruins will try to extend their point streak to five games when they play the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena on Tuesday.

The Bruins are 3-0-1 in their past four games following a 6-5 shootout loss at the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday in which they had a three goal lead in the second period.

The Blue Jackets seek a point for the 16th time in 18 games. They are 11-2-4 in their past 17 games, including a 3-1-0 road trip that concluded with a 3-0 win at the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday.


Players to watch

Bruins forward David Pastrnak has 20 points (10 goals, 10 assists) in his past 14 games and leads the NHL with 36 goals.

Blue Jackets goalie Elvis Merzlikins is 5-2-0 with a 1.88 goals-against average, a .943 save percentage and one shutout in his past seven starts.


They said it

"It's a good thing when you have a game like last night where you can turn right back around and be right back at it and play a game." -- Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron

"I think we match up well. We kind of have the same style of play. We're big, physical, stingy in a lot of ways. They're a team we look forward to playing because it's a hard test." -- Blue Jackets forward Nick Foligno


Bruins projected lineup

Brad Marchand -- Patrice Bergeron -- David Pastrnak

Jake DeBrusk -- David Krejci -- Anders Bjork

Danton Heinen -- Charlie Coyle -- Brett Ritchie

Joakim Nordstrom -- Sean Kuraly -- Chris Wagner

Zdeno Chara -- Charlie McAvoy

Torey Krug -- Brandon Carlo

John Moore -- Steven Kampfer

Tuukka Rask

Jaroslav Halak

Scratched: Matt Grzelcyk, David Backes, Par Lindholm

Injured: Connor Clifton (upper body), Kevan Miller (knee)


Blue Jackets projected lineup

Gustav Nyquist -- Boone Jenner -- Nick Foligno

Emil Bemstrom -- Pierre-Luc Dubois -- Sonny Milano

Nathan Gerbe -- Alexander Wennberg -- Kevin Stenlund

Jakob Lilja -- Riley Nash -- Eric Robinson

Zach Werenski -- Seth Jones

Vladislav Gavrikov -- David Savard

Scott Harrington -- Markus Nutivaara

Elvis Merzlikins

Matiss Kivlenieks

Scratched: Ryan MacInnis, Gabriel Carlsson

Injured: Brandon Dubinsky (wrist), Cam Atkinson (ankle), Josh Anderson (shoulder), Oliver Bjorkstrand (rib, oblique), Ryan Murray (lower body), Joonas Korpisalo (knee), Andrew Peeke (finger), Alexandre Texier (back), Dean Kukan (knee)


Status report

Rask will start after Halak played Monday. … Kampfer will take Grzelcyk's spot.  … The Blue Jackets have no changes from their previous game.


Stat pack

The Bruins have scored a power-play goal in 14 straight games (16-for-50, 32.0 percent). They are the first NHL team to accomplish that feat since the Pittsburgh Penguins scored a power-play goal in 14 straight games from Oct. 5-Nov. 5, 2007. … Marchand has 12 points (two goals, 10 assists) in his past 10 games. … DeBrusk has seven points (three goals, four assists) in a four-game point streak. … The Bruins are 4-0-2 in their past six road games. … Dubois has 16 points (five goals, 11 assists) in his past 15 games. … Werenski has 14 points (eight goals, six assists) in his past 11 home games, including five goals in his past two home games.

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