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Preview: Bruins at Stars

Boston goes for third win in finale of four-game trip; Johnny Oduya returns for Dallas

by Sean Shapiro / Correspondent

BRUINS (31-24-6) at STARS (24-27-10)

12:30 p.m. ET; NBC, NHL.TV


Bruins team scope

The Boston Bruins will go for their third win in the finale of a four-game road trip. "I think we've been really smart," defenseman Torey Krug told the Bruins website after practice Saturday. "We're obviously getting the results right now, [2-1-0] on this road trip, that was a tough swing, and we have one more game, but we've been playing very smart, and that's important, because they're tough games, it's not easy and we're just capitalizing on our opportunities and shutting it down defensively." Goalie Tuukka Rask will start after he backed up Anton Khudobin in a 4-1 win against the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday. He has allowed eight goals in his past four starts. Rookie left wing Peter Cehlarik has found a spot on a line with center David Krejci and David Pastrnak, and has two assists in five NHL games. "It's all about the consistency and bringing it every game," Cehlarik said.


Stars team scope

Dallas Stars defenseman Johnny Oduya was activated off injured reserve and will return to the lineup for the first time since he injured his ankle Jan. 17 against the New York Rangers. Oduya practiced Saturday and coach Lindy Ruff said the 11:30 a.m. CT start makes warmups even more important. "I think that is a big deal, that you get up and running an hour or so before the game," Ruff said. "I think even the warmup they go through before they get on the ice is important at getting the blood pumping." After trading forward Patrick Eaves to the Anaheim Ducks on Friday, the Stars will give more opportunities to younger forwards on the power play, including Brett Ritchie and Devin Shore. "Obviously it's a way you have to look at it," Ritchie said. "You don't want to be a seller, but [Eaves] was a right wing and ahead of me in the lineup, so someone now gets a chance to move up." Goalie Kari Lehtonen, who has won back-to-back starts, is expected to start.


Bruins projected lineup

Brad Marchand -- Patrice Bergeron -- David Backes

Peter Cehlarik -- David Krejci -- David Pastrnak

Frank Vatrano -- Ryan Spooner -- Jimmy Hayes

Matt Beleskey -- Dominic Moore -- Tim Schaller

Zdeno Chara -- Brandon Carlo

Torey Krug -- Adam McQuaid

Kevan Miller -- Colin Miller

Tuukka Rask

Anton Khubodin

Scratched: Riley Nash, John-Michael Liles

Injured: Zac Rinaldo (hand)


Stars projected lineup

Jamie Benn -- Cody Eakin -- Brett Ritchie

Antoine Roussel -- Tyler Seguin -- Patrick Sharp

Lauri Korpikoski -- Radek Faksa -- Jason Spezza

Curtis McKenzie -- Devin Shore -- Jiri Hudler

Esa Lindell -- John Klingberg

Dan Hamhuis -- Jordie Benn

Johnny Oduya -- Stephen Johns

Kari Lehtonen

Antti Niemi

Scratched: Remi Elie, Patrik Nemeth, Jamie Oleksiak

Injured: Mattias Janmark (knee), Ales Hemsky (hip), Adam Cracknell (lower-body), Johnny Oduya (ankle)


Status report

The Stars recalled Elie, a forward, from Texas of the American Hockey League on Saturday.


Who's hot

Jamie Benn has four goals and three assists in the past five games. Seguin has eight points (one goal, seven assists) in the past five. … Marchand has 16 points (nine goals, seven assists) in the past 11 games.

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