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Boston backup Khudobin to make second consecutive start; Dell in goal for San Jose after first NHL shutout

by Eric Gilmore / Correspondent

BRUINS (7-7-4) AT SHARKS (10-7-0)

10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSCA, NESN, NHL.TV


The Game

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

Anton Khudobin

Tuukka Rask

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

Aaron Dell

Martin Jones

Scratched: Ryan Carpenter, Dylan DeMelo, Kevin Labanc

Injured: Paul Martin (ankle), Barclay Goodrow (upper body)

Status report

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.

Stat pack

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.

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