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Boston seeks third straight win; Parise, Minnesota 3-1-0 in past four

by Jessi Pierce / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

BRUINS (30-10-12) at WILD (23-21-6)

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

 

The Game

The Boston Bruins look for their third straight win when they visit the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center on Saturday. 

The Bruins, who defeated the Winnipeg Jets 2-1 on Friday, are 6-2-1 in their past nine games. 

Minnesota will play its first game since a 4-2 win against the Detroit Red Wings on Jan. 22 following the NHL All-Star break and their League-mandated five-day break. The Wild are 3-1-0 in their past four games after going 1-5-1 in their previous seven and play seven of their next eight games at home.

 

Players to watch

Bruins forward David Pastrnak has 26 points (11 goals, 15 assists) in his past 19 games. 

Wild forward Zach Parise has six points (five goals, one assist) in a five-game point streak. 

 

They said it 

"We're focused on putting in the work and getting results. … we're not going to be satisfied until we're the best team we're capable of."  -- Bruins forward Anders Bjork

"Well, always the same challenge. (Boston is) one of the top five teams in the League. … They're solid from top to bottom, and they can skate, and they'll have a game under their belt, so it's not an easy task, but every team is saying the same thing. … So you just have to play the right way, and simplify your game in a game like tomorrow and outwork them. It's as simple as that." -- Wild coach Bruce Boudreau

 

Bruins projected lineup

Brad Marchand -- Patrice Bergeron -- David Pastrnak

Jake DeBrusk -- David Krejci -- Karson Kuhlman

Anton Blidh -- Charlie Coyle -- Anders Bjork

Joakim Nordstrom -- Par Lindholm -- Chris Wagner

Zdeno Chara -- Charlie McAvoy

Torey Krug -- Brandon Carlo

Jeremy Lauzon -- Matt Grzelcyk

Jaroslav Halak

Tuukka Rask

Scratched: John Moore, Sean Kuraly, Dan Vladar, Danton Heinen

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

 

Wild projected lineup

Zach Parise -- Eric Staal -- Mats Zuccarello

Jason Zucker -- Victor Rask -- Kevin Fiala

Marcus Foligno -- Joel Eriksson Ek -- Luke Kunin

Jordan Greenway -- Mikko Koivu -- Ryan Hartman

Ryan Suter -- Jared Spurgeon

Jonas Brodin -- Matt Dumba

Carson Soucy -- Greg Pateryn

Devan Dubnyk

Alex Stalock

Scratched: Nick Seeler, Ryan Donato, Brad Hunt

Injured: None

 

Status report

Heinen, a forward, is a game-time decision. … Minnesota held an optional skate.

 

Stat pack

The Bruins are 6-2-2 against Central Division opponents this season, and 11-3-3 against the Western Conference. … Staal has five points (one goal, four assists) in a four-game point streak. … Minnesota has five power-play goals in their past three games and 10 in their past 10 games. … The Wild play nine games at home in February, the most in any month in team history.

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