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Bruins at Kings preview

Boston seeks fifth straight win; Los Angeles has lost three in row

by Dan Greenspan / NHL.com Correspondent

BRUINS (33-17-8) at KINGS (23-28-6)

10:30 p.m. ET; FS-W, NESN, NHL.TV 

 

The Game

The Boston Bruins will try for their fifth consecutive win when they face the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on Saturday.

The Bruins defeated the Anaheim Ducks 3-0 on Friday and are 6-0-3 in their past nine games. Boston is in third place in the Atlantic Division, one point behind the Toronto Maple Leafs.   

Bruins forward Karson Kuhlman will make his NHL debut. Kuhlman helped Minnesota-Duluth win the NCAA Division I national championship in April and was named Most Outstanding Player of the tournament. 

The Kings lost 4-3 to the Vancouver Canucks in a shootout on Thursday, their third straight defeat (0-1-2). Las Angeles, which has earned a point in five of its past six games (3-1-2), is in last place in the Western Conference and eight points behind the Minnesota Wild for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference.

 

Players to watch

Bruins defenseman Torey Krug has six assists during a five-game point streak.

Kings forward Austin Wagner has scored three goals in his past two games and has four goals in his past four games.

 

They said it

"I think as a team we're happy with where we are, but each game we want to improve and get better in a different part of it. We've been talking a lot about just being strong defensively and the offense will come, and right now it's happening for us." -- Bruins center Noel Acciari

"I think with anything it's how tight you are to your coverage. If you are a long ways away they are going to get lots of speed, but if you are on them as soon as they get the puck and you can get them before they get speed then that helps." -- Kings coach Willie Desjardins on defending the Bruins

 

Bruins projected lineup

Brad Marchand -- Patrice Bergeron -- Danton Heinen  

Peter Cehlarik -- David Krejci -- Jake DeBrusk

Sean Kuraly -- Noel Acciari -- Chris Wagner   

Joakim Nordstrom -- Trent Frederic -- Karson Kuhlman  

Zdeno Chara -- Charlie McAvoy 

Torey Krug -- Brandon Carlo   

Matt Grzelcyk -- Kevan Miller 

Tuukka Rask

Jaroslav Halak

Scratched: John Moore, David Backes

Injured: David Pastrnak (thumb)

 

Kings projected lineup

Alex Iafallo -- Anze Kopitar -- Dustin Brown   

Brendan Leipsic -- Jeff Carter -- Tyler Toffoli 

Carl Hagelin -- Adrian Kempe -- Ilya Kovalchuk   

Kyle Clifford -- Trevor Lewis -- Austin Wagner  

Derek Forbort -- Drew Doughty

Oscar Fantenberg -- Paul LaDue

Dion Phaneuf -- Matt Roy

Jonathan Quick

Jack Campbell

Scratched: Michael Amadio

Injured: Alec Martinez (upper body), Sean Walker (upper body), Jonny Brodzinski (shoulder)

 

Status report

Roy will make his NHL debut against the Bruins after being recalled from Ontario of the American Hockey League because of injuries Martinez and Walker sustained against the Canucks. Martinez will miss one-to-two weeks. Walker will not play after being struck in the face by a shot by Canucks defenseman Ben Hutton in the third period.

 

Stat pack

DeBrusk has four points (two goals, two assists) in his past two games. … Clifford has two assists in each of his past two games. … Boston is 8-2-2 against the Pacific Division.  

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