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Preview: Bruins at Canucks

Boston opens four-game road trip; Drew Shore makes debut for Vancouver

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Correspondent

BRUINS (36-26-6) at CANUCKS (28-31-9)

10 p.m. ET; SNP, NESN, NHL.TV

 

Bruins team scope

The Boston Bruins are 10-3-0 since coach Bruce Cassidy took over for Claude Julien on Feb. 7. They are two points ahead of the Toronto Maple Leafs in third place in the Atlantic Division as they start a four-game road trip that ends in Toronto on March 20. "I don't encourage them to look at the standings at all," Cassidy said. "It's that time of year, people watch the scoreboard but we've really made a concerted effort to worry about ourselves and so far it's worked out." Boston has won six of its past eight, including a home win against the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday in which Cassidy switched up his third line. Riley Nash, who moved up from fourth line right wing to third line center will remain there against the Canucks, with Matt Beleskey and Frank Vatrano on his wings. "It will obviously be a little transition because I have been playing a lot of wing lately but I finished last game at center so it shouldn't be too big of an issue," Nash said. Boston plays against the Calgary Flames on Wednesday and Edmonton Oilers on Thursday before facing Toronto. "You always want to get the first one," Cassidy said. "It just puts you in a good frame of mind and you are not on your heels."

 

Canucks team scope

Forward Drew Shore will make his Canucks debut two days after his season in Switzerland ended. The Canucks announced the signing of Shore on Sunday, one day after the 26-year-old finished with a team-high 48 points (24 goals, 24 assists) for Kloten HC of the Swiss-A League. "It's been a quick turnaround," Shore said. "I played in Switzerland on Saturday night but I don't think I have ever been more excited to play a game. It almost feels like my first game again." Shore, a 6-foot-3, 200-pound center, had 24 points (nine goals, 15 assists) in 80 NHL games over five seasons with the Florida Panthers and Calgary Flames before going overseas this season. Shore chose the Canucks because he saw former Flames teammates Sven Baertschi and Markus Granlund take advantage of similar opportunities in Vancouver. "They have given a lot of opportunities to guys and they have seized it," Shore said. Vancouver is 10 points behind the St. Louis Blues for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference. Shore will start on right wing to ease the transition to a new system, coach Willie Desjardins said. Granlund returns to the top line with Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin after missing one game with food poisoning, but defenseman Christopher Tanev will miss a second game with food poisoning.

 

Bruins projected lineup

Brad Marchand -- Patrice Bergeron -- David Backes

Drew Stafford -- David Krejci -- David Pastrnak

Matt Beleskey -- Riley Nash -- Frank Vatrano

Peter Cehlarik -- Dominic Moore -- Jimmy Hayes

Zdeno Chara -- Brandon Carlo

Torey Krug -- Adam McQuaid

Colin Miller -- Kevan Miller

Tuukka Rask

Anton Khudobin

Scratched: John-Michael Liles, Joe Morrow, Austin Czarnik

Injured: Ryan Spooner (concussion), Tim Schaller (lower body)

 

Canucks projected lineup

Daniel Sedin -- Henrik Sedin -- Markus Granlund

Sven Baertschi -- Bo Horvat -- Reid Boucher

Joseph Cramarossa -- Brandon Sutter -- Drew Shore

Joseph Labate -- Michael Chaput -- Jayson Megna

Alexander Edler -- Troy Stecher

Luca Sbisa -- Alex Biega

Ben Hutton -- Nikita Tryamkin

Ryan Miller

Richard Bachman

Scratched: Philip Larsen, Alexandre Grenier

Injured: Christopher Tanev (food poisoning), Brendan Gaunce (upper body), Nikolay Goldobin (flu), Loui Eriksson (knee), Jacob Markstrom (lower body), Jack Skille (groin), Anton Rodin (knee), Erik Gudbranson (wrist surgery), Derek Dorsett (neck surgery)

 

Status report

Spooner (concussion) will miss his third straight game but is on the road trip and could play before it ends. Cehlarik returns to the lineup in place of Czarnik on the fourth line after being a healthy scratch the past two games. Cehlarik, 21, has two assists in 10 games. "Played well at times, other times he got knocked off some pucks, like a lot of young guys," Cassidy said. "If we feel he's harder on pucks than maybe he moves up as well." … Miller did not practice Sunday after stopping 45 shots in a 3-0 loss against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday but will be back in goal for his 10th start in the past 11 games.

 

Who's hot

Pastrnak has an NHL career-high eight-game point streak (three goals, seven assists). … Horvat has 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in his past 13 games and leads the Canucks with 20 goals and 46 points.

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