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Khudobin gets start for Boston; Lack in goal for New Jersey, which has lost three in row

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

BRUINS (33-12-8) at DEVILS (27-19-8)

7 p.m. ET; MSG+ 2, NESN, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The New Jersey Devils will look to end a three-game losing streak when they play the Boston Bruins at Prudential Center on Sunday.

Goaltender Eddie Lack, who was acquired from the Calgary Flames on Dec. 30 and had been playing in the Devils AHL affiliate in Binghamton, is expected to make his first start with New Jersey. The Devils are coming off a 6-1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday. They have 62 points and hold the first wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference.

The Bruins had their four-game winning streak end after a 4-2 loss against the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday. The loss also ended goaltender Tuukka Rask's 21-game point streak. Anton Khudobin will be in the nets for the Bruins, who are 18-2-4 in their past 24 games and trail the Tampa Bay Lightning by five points for first place in the Atlantic Division with two games in hand.

 

Players to watch

Bruins forward David Pastrnak has 18 points (six goals, 12 assists) in his past 17 games. 

Devils left wing Taylor Hall has 18 points (eight goals, 10 assists) in his past 13 games.

 

They said it

"I don't think we stressed the (Sabres) defense much in terms of the forecheck pressure, and I think that's where the game plan didn't materialize for us. We thought that would be the way to go, and we didn't execute it. We didn't want to forecheck; we wanted to beat guys one on one. There's a time and a place for that." -- Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy

"The season is slipping by here and we're not even grabbing shootout losses or overtime losses. We're losing in regulation and we've got to put an end to it. You can say what you want about we got chances or we're facing hot goalies. We're not winning games, so we need better from a lot of guys in this room." -- Devils left wing Taylor Hall

 

Bruins projected lineup

Brad Marchand -- Patrice Bergeron -- David Pastrnak

Jake DeBrusk -- David Krejci -- Ryan Spooner

Danton Heinen -- Riley Nash -- David Backes

Tim Schaller -- Sean Kuraly -- Noel Acciari 

Zdeno Chara -- Charlie McAvoy

Torey Krug -- Brandon Carlo

Matt Grzelcyk -- Adam McQuaid

Anton Khudobin

Tuukka Rask

Scratched: Paul Postma, Austin Czarnik

Injured: Frank Vatrano (Iower body), Kevan Miller (upper body), Anders Bjork (upper body)

 

Devils projected lineup

Taylor Hall -- Nico Hischier -- Jesper Bratt

Miles Wood -- Pavel Zacha -- Kyle Palmieri

John Quenneville -- Travis Zajac -- Stefan Noesen

Blake Coleman -- Brian Boyle -- Drew Stafford

Andy Greene -- Sami Vatanen

John Moore -- Damon Severson

Will Butcher -- Ben Lovejoy

Eddie Lack

Keith Kinkaid

Scratched: Jimmy Hayes, Mirco Mueller

Injured: Cory Schneider (groin), Marcus Johansson (concussion), Brian Gibbons (thumb)

 

Status report

Acciari, who has missed the past seven games with a lower-body injury, is expected to replace Czarnik.

 

Stat pack

Bergeron has 23 points (14 goals, nine assists) in his past 17 games. Spooner is one assist away from 100 in his NHL career. ... Palmieri has seven points (four goals, three assists) in his past six games. 

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