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Boston seeks first win in four; Hynes to debut as Nashville coach

by Robby Stanley / Independent Correspondent

BRUINS (24-8-11) at PREDATORS (19-15-7)



The Game

John Hynes will coach his first game with the Nashville Predators when they host the Boston Bruins at Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday.

Hynes, who was named coach Tuesday after the Predators fired coach Peter Laviolette and associate coach Kevin McCarthy on Monday, was 9-13-4 with the New Jersey Devils this season before he was fired on Dec. 3.

The Bruins are 0-1-2 in their past three games and 4-5-6 in their past 15 games.


Players to watch

Bruins forward David Pastrnak has 15 points (five goals, 10 assists) in a 10-game point streak.

Predators defenseman Roman Josi has 18 points (seven goals, 11 assists) in a 10-game point streak.


They said it

"I think that we're all trying to make that right play at the right time. It's not always going to happen. We're always going to push and strive for the positive result and the two points, but I think that we've been in those close games where some of the games we inflicted those mistakes on our end and some nights we played solid games and probably deserved to win those games." -- Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara

"I'm very excited to be able to work with this team. Having the opportunity to coach in the League and coach against Nashville and have a lot of prior relationships with people who know [Predators general manager David Poile] and [assistant general manager Jeff Kealty] and the organization in general, they've put together an excellent hockey team." -- Predators coach John Hynes


Bruins projected lineup

Brad Marchand -- Patrice Bergeron -- David Pastrnak

Jake DeBrusk -- David Krejci -- Anders Bjork

Danton Heinen -- Charlie Coyle -- Brett Ritchie

Sean Kuraly -- Par Lindholm -- Chris Wagner

Zdeno Chara -- Charlie McAvoy

Torey Krug -- Brandon Carlo

John Moore -- Matt Grzelcyk

Tuukka Rask

Jaroslav Halak

Scratched: David Backes, Joakim Nordstrom, Steven Kampfer

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


Predators projected lineup

Filip Forsberg -- Ryan Johansen -- Viktor Arvidsson

Calle Jarnkrok -- Matt Duchene -- Mikael Granlund

Rocco Grimaldi -- Colin Blackwell -- Craig Smith

Yakov Trenin -- Kyle Turris -- Austin Watson

Roman Josi -- Yannick Weber

Mattias Ekholm -- Jarred Tinordi

Dan Hamhuis -- Alexandre Carrier

Pekka Rinne

Juuse Saros

Scratched: Nick Bonino

Injured: Dante Fabbro (upper body), Colton Sissons (lower body), Ryan Ellis (upper body)


Status report

Ritchie likely will play in place of Nordstrom. … Bonino did not participate in the morning skate.


Stat pack

Pastrnak and Josi are tied for the longest current point streak in the NHL. … Rask is 4-1-2 with a 2.30 goals-against average and .919 save percentage in nine games against the Predators. … Rinne is 7-3-1 with a 2.31 GAA and .927 save percentage in 11 games against the Bruins. … Smith has 11 points (eight goals, three assists) in his past nine games. … Marchand has nine points (two goals, seven assists) in his past six games.

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