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Preview: Bruins at Wild

Forward David Pastrnak of Boston out with undisclosed injury; Minnesota boasts best defensive numbers in NHL

by Jessi Pierce / Correspondent

BRUINS (10-6-0) at WILD (8-6-1)

(8 p.m. ET; FS-N, NESN, NHL.TV)


Bruins team scope

Boston Bruins forward David Pastrnak will not play because of an undisclosed injury. He missed Boston's past two practices and is day to day, according to coach Claude Julien. Pastrnak is Boston's leading goal-scorer with 10, and has 14 points in 14 games. Forward Riley Nash will fill in on the top line with Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron. "It's about communication," Bergeron said. "With Riley, he plays a different game than [Pastrnak] obviously, but I don't think we have to think too much out there. It's about playing the game and making sure we're in position and things will fall in place." Nash has one goal and two assists in 16 games this season. The Bruins have won three straight games and are 7-2-0 in their past nine. They have scored 23 goals in that span, despite outshooting the opposition 322-236. "We'd like to obviously have more goals scored with the number of chances we've had," Julien said, "but at the end of the day we're winning hockey games, so you build on that stuff and you hope that the goals will come."


Wild team scope

Goaltender Devan Dubnyk will start for the second consecutive game. He is second to Rask in the NHL with a 1.60 goals-against average, and Dubnyk's .948 save percentage is tied for second in the League with Price. Minnesota has allowed an NHL-low 29 goals this season; its 1.93 goals-against average leads the League. The Wild assigned forward Joel Eriksson Ek to Farjestad BK of the Swedish Elite League. The 20th pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, Eriksson Ek averaged 10:07 in nine games with the Wild this season, with two goals and three assists. "I think it's just another step on the way," Eriksson Ek said. "It's going to help me a lot. I know what I need to practice on now, so I just go back to Sweden and do that." Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said assigning Eriksson Ek to Farjestad instead of Iowa of the American Hockey League will give him a chance to continue his development. "We want him not to play 10 minutes a game; we want him to play 20 minutes a game," Boudreau said. "He'll come back next year 10 pounds stronger [and] know what the League is about, knowing what he has to do even more so than what he did this year."


Bruins projected lineup

Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Riley Nash

Ryan Spooner - David Krejci - David Backes

Matt Beleskey - Dominic Moore - Austin Czarnik

Sean Kuraly -- Tim Schaller - Jimmy Hayes

Zdeno Chara - Brandon Carlo

Torey Krug - Adam McQuaid

John-Michael Liles - Colin Miller

Tuukka Rask

Zane McIntyre

Scratched: Joe Morrow

Injured: David Pastrnak (undisclosed), Anton Khudobin (upper body), Kevan Miller (hand)


Wild projected lineup

Nino Niederreiter - Eric Staal - Charlie Coyle

Mikael Granlund - Mikko Koivu - Jason Zucker

Zach Parise - Erik Haula - Jason Pominville

Zack Mitchell - Tyler Graovac - Chris Stewart

Ryan Suter - Matt Dumba

Jonas Brodin - Christian Folin

Mike Reilly - Jared Spurgeon

Devan Dubnyk

Darcy Kuemper

Scratched: Nate Prosser

Injured: Zac Dalpe (knee), Marco Scandella (high right-ankle sprain)


Status report

Miller remains on injured reserved but traveled with the Bruins to Minnesota. He has missed the past 16 games after sustaining a hand injury on Oct. 8. … Scandella took part in the morning skate Thursday. He has missed the past seven games with a high right-ankle sprain. … Koivu needs one assist for 400 in his career.


Who's hot

Rask will start his 11th game of the season. He has allowed three goals through four consecutive wins and has 10 wins (tied for the NHL lead with Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens) with a League-leading 1.54 goals-against average.

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