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Boston goes for point in 10th straight game; San Jose 7-1-0 in past eight

by Eric Gilmore / Correspondent

BRUINS (34-17-8) at SHARKS (35-17-7)



The Game

The Boston Bruins will try for their season-high sixth straight victory when they visit the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on Monday.

The Bruins, who have outscored opponents 20-10 during the streak, have a season long 10-game point streak (7-0-3) and have won the first two games on their five-game road trip. 

Boston is in second place in the Atlantic Division, one point ahead of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

San Jose is 7-1-0 in its past eight games and 14-4-0 in its past 18. The Sharks have allowed two goals or fewer in six of their past seven games.

The Sharks are tied with the Calgary Flames for first place in the Pacific Division and Western Conference.


Players to watch

Bruins forward Brad Marchand has 23 points (seven goals, 16 assists) in his past 14 games.

Sharks forward Joe Pavelski has 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in his past nine games.


They said it

"We use these games, same as they do, as judgement games where you understand both teams are hot and high flying and scoring a lot." -- Bruins forward Jake DeBrusk

"The challenge with these guys is it sounds like [Tuukka] Rask has been one of the top guys, playing well, giving them a chance to win every night. For us it will be about doing what we do but a little extra focus on getting to him early." -- Sharks forward Joe Pavelski


Bruins projected lineup

Brad Marchand -- Patrice Bergeron -- Danton Heinen

Karson Kuhlman -- David Krejci -- Jake DeBrusk

Joakim Nordstrom -- Trent Frederic -- David Backes

Sean Kuraly -- Noel Acciari -- Chris Wagner

Zdeno Chara -- Charlie McAvoy

Torey Krug -- Brandon Carlo

Matt Grzelcyk -- Kevan Miller

Tuukka Rask

Jaroslav Halak

Scratched: John Moore, Steven Kampfer

Injured: David Pastrnak (left thumb), Peter Cehlarik (lower body)


Sharks projected lineup

Timo Meier -- Logan Couture -- Joe Pavelski

Evander Kane -- Tomas Hertl -- Joonas Donskoi

Marcus Sorensen -- Joe Thornton -- Kevin Labanc

Lukas Radil -- Barclay Goodrow -- Melker Karlsson

Radim Simek -- Brent Burns

Marc-Edouard Vlasic - Erik Karlsson

Brenden Dillon -- Justin Braun

Martin Jones

Aaron Dell

Scratched: Joakim Ryan, Tim Heed

Injured: None


Status report

Kuhlman will fill in on the second line for Cehlarik, who was injured in the third period against the Kings and is day-to-day. … Kampfer was recalled from Providence of the American Hockey League after a conditioning assignment. … Pastrnak will miss his third straight game. … Burns and Erik Karlsson didn't skate but will play. … Forward Dylan Gambrell was sent down to the San Jose Barracuda.


Stat pack

Rask is 11-0-2 with a 1.93 goals-against average, .933 save percentage and two shutouts in his past 14 games. ... Bergeron has 11 points (five goals, six assists) in his past seven games. … DeBrusk has a three-game goal streak (three goals, three assists). … Burns has 12 points (two goals, 10 assists) in his past nine games. ... Peter DeBoer will coach his 800th NHL game. He is 389-303-107 with the Sharks, New Jersey Devils and Florida Panthers.... Boston has defeated San Jose four straight times.

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