BRUINS (7-7-4) AT SHARKS (10-7-0)
10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSCA, NESN, NHL.TV
Boston Bruins backup goaltender Anton Khudobin will make his second straight start when the Bruins visit the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on Saturday.
Khudobin made 27 saves in a 2-1 victory at the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday and is 4-0-2 with a 2.35 goals-against average and .928 save percentage this season. He's 3-1-0 with a 0.99 GAA and .967 save percentage in four games against the Sharks; he made 36 saves in Boston's 2-1 victory against San Jose at TD Garden on Oct. 26.
Backup goaltender Aaron Dell will make his fifth start of the season for the Sharks, who are 6-2-0 in their past eight games. In his last start, Dell had his first NHL shutout, with a League personal best 41 saves in a 5-0 home win against the Vancouver Canucks on Nov. 11.
Players to watch
Bruins rookie forward Danton Heinen scored each of Boston's goals in its victory against San Jose.
Sharks center Logan Couture leads San Jose in points (15), goals (10) and power-play goals (three).
They said it
"It's always great to play more and more. Of course if [Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy] decides to put me in the net, it's great. If not, then I'm just getting ready for the next game or whenever I'm going to get called." -- Bruins backup goaltender Anton Khudobin
"I think in this game in general, confidence is huge. You have to feel good to be able to perform. I think coming off a good game, I think that really helps with the confidence." -- Sharks backup goaltender Aaron Dell
Bruins projected lineup
Danton Heinen -- Patrice Bergeron -- David Pastrnak
Peter Cehlarik -- David Krejci -- Jake DeBrusk
Noel Acciari -- Riley Nash -- Frank Vatrano
Tim Schaller -- Sean Kuraly -- Jordan Szwarz
Zdeno Chara -- Charlie McAvoy
Brandon Carlo -- Kevan Miller
Paul Postma -- Rob O'Gara
Scratched: Kenny Agostino, Matt Beleskey
Injured: Brad Marchand (undisclosed), Torey Krug (upper body), Anders Bjork (undisclosed), Adam McQuaid (broken right leg), Ryan Spooner (groin), David Backes (colon surgery)
Sharks projected lineup
Joonas Donskoi -- Joe Thornton -- Joe Pavelski
Tomas Hertl -- Logan Couture -- Melker Karlsson
Mikkel Boedker -- Chris Tierney -- Jannik Hansen
Timo Meier -- Danny O'Regan -- Joel Ward
Marc-Edouard Vlasic -- Justin Braun
Joakim Ryan -- Brent Burns
Brenden Dillon -- Tim Heed
Scratched: Ryan Carpenter, Dylan DeMelo, Kevin Labanc
Injured: Paul Martin (ankle), Barclay Goodrow (upper body)
Krug will miss his second straight game and remains day-to-day. ... Goodrow, injured in the third period of San Jose's 2-0 loss against the Florida Panthers, was placed on injured reserve. The Sharks recalled Danny O'Regan from the San Jose Barracuda of the American Hockey League, and will center the fourth line.
Thornton has 1,015 career assists and is one shy of tying Joe Sakic for 12th place on the NHL's all-time list. ... Bergeron has three points (two goals, one assist) in his past two games.