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Bruins at Wild preview

Coyle set for first game in Minnesota with Boston since trade

by Jessi Pierce / Correspondent

BRUINS (48-23-9) at WILD (37-34-9)

8 p.m. ET; SN360, FS-N, FS-WI, NESN, NHL.TV


The Game

Charlie Coyle returns to Xcel Energy Center for the first time with the Boston Bruins to face the Minnesota Wild on Thursday.

Coyle played his first seven NHL seasons in Minnesota before he was traded to Boston for forward Ryan Donato and a conditional fifth-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft on Feb. 20.

The Bruins will finish second in the Atlantic Division and play the Toronto Maple Leafs in the Eastern Conference First Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Wild forward Zach Parise (illness) is out and likely won't play in the regular-season finale at the Dallas Stars on Saturday. Minnesota was eliminated from playoff contention Tuesday.


Players to watch

Bruins center Patrice Bergeron has 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in his past nine games.

Wild forward Ryan Donato leads NHL rookies in scoring (16 points; four goals, 12 assists) since Feb. 21.


They said it

"We have a good team in here and we can do something special, and we have the team to do it. We're in a good spot right now, guys that worked hard all year to get where they are and set themselves up for the position they're in. So everyone's excited for the playoffs to hurry up and get here, and get to it." -- Bruins forward Charlie Coyle

"We just want to make sure that our pride comes in and we play our best game. We're playing one of the best teams in the NHL. The fear of losing is a great motivator, so hopefully when we step on the ice today everybody will know if the guys are committed or whether they're just sort of waiting for these two games to get over and that comes with character and you'll be able to tell who's got it or who doesn't." -- Wild coach Bruce Boudreau


Bruins projected lineup

Jake DeBrusk -- Patrice Bergeron -- David Pastrnak

Marcus Johansson -- Charlie Coyle -- Zach Senyshyn

Danton Heinen -- Trent Frederic -- Karson Kuhlman  

Joakim Nordstrom -- Noel Acciari -- David Backes

Torey Krug -- Brandon Carlo

Matt Grzelcyk -- Kevan Miller

Connor Clifton -- Steven Kampfer

Jaroslav Halak

Tuukka Rask

Scratched: Brad Marchand, David Krejci, Zdeno Chara, Charlie McAvoy, Chris Wagner

Injured: Sean Kuraly (fractured hand), John Moore (upper body)


Wild projected lineup

Ryan Donato -- Eric Staal -- Luke Kunin

Jason Zucker -- Joel Eriksson Ek -- Kevin Fiala

Jordan Greenway -- Nico Sturm -- Victor Rask

Marcus Foligno -- Eric Fehr -- J.T. Brown

Ryan Suter -- Jared Spurgeon

Jonas Brodin -- Brad Hunt

Anthony Bitetto -- Greg Pateryn

Alex Stalock

Devan Dubnyk

Scratched: Nick Seeler, Pontus Aberg

Injured: Mikko Koivu (knee), Matt Dumba (ruptured right pectoral muscle), Zach Parise (illness)


Status report

Senyshyn and Sturm will each make their NHL debut. ... Stalock will start his first game since Feb. 17.


Stat pack

Halak is 3-3-4 with a 2.42 goals-against average, .916 save percentage and one shutout in 12 starts against Minnesota. ... Suter leads the NHL in time on ice per game (26:50).

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