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Preview: Bruins at Panthers

Patrice Bergeron questionable for Boston; Florida's Jaromir Jagr to tie for sixth on all-time games played list

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

BRUINS (4-4-0) at PANTHERS (4-4-1)

7:30 p.m. ET; TVA Sports, FS-F, NESN, NHL.TV

Bruins team scope

Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron is questionable to play after he was injured after practice Monday, coach Claude Julien said. Bergeron missed three games earlier this season because of a lower-body injury. He has one goal and 15 shots on goal in five games. "He's got some maintenance going on [Tuesday], and we'll have to probably make that decision [pregame]. It's not an old issue. It's a new one," Julien told the Bruins website. "It happened after practice, not during practice. It's not a practice injury." If Bergeron is unable to play, center Sean Kuraly will make his NHL debut. Kuraly (6-foot-2, 205 pounds), 23, was recalled from Providence of the American Hockey League on Tuesday. He has one assist and nine penalty minutes in eight AHL games. Goaltender Tuukka Rask is expected to make his second straight start.

 

Panthers team scope

Florida Panthers left wing Jaromir Jagr is expected to play his 1,639th NHL game, tying Dave Andreychuk for sixth on the all-time list. Jagr, 44, has 100 points (33 goals, 67 assists) in 81 career games against the Bruins. Right wing Jonathan Marchessault, named NHL Third Star of the Month, leads the Panthers with six goals and 11 points in nine games, and the Panthers are 4-1-0 when Marchessault scores a goal. Defenseman Aaron Ekblad leads the Panthers with 21 hits and 11 blocked shots. Forward Colton Sceviour, who scored three goals in a 5-2 win at the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday, became the first Panthers player with a hat trick since Tomas Kopecky against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Feb. 26, 2013. "It's exciting. It never happened for me before at this level," Sceviour told the Miami Herald. "A lot of things bounced my way, but the most exciting part was getting the win. We had a tough road trip, lost some games we should have won and also didn't perform properly. To end on this positive note, heading home, is huge." The Panthers play five of their next six games at BB&T Center.

 

Bruins projected lineup

Brad Marchand -- David Krejci -- Danton Heinen

Matt Beleskey -- Ryan Spooner -- Austin Czarnik

Sean Kuraly -- Riley Nash -- Jimmy Hayes

Tim Schaller -- Dominic Moore -- Noel Acciari

Zdeno Chara -- Brandon Carlo

Torey Krug -- Adam McQuaid

John-Michael Liles -- Colin Miller

Tuukka Rask

Zane McIntyre

Scratched:  Joe Morrow

Injured: Anton Khudobin (upper body), David Backes (elbow), Kevan Miller (hand), Patrice Bergeron (undisclosed)

Suspended: David Pastrnak

 

Panthers projected lineup

Jaromir Jagr -- Aleksander Barkov -- Jonathan Marchessault

Reilly Smith -- Vincent Trocheck -- Colton Sceviour

Jared McCann -- Denis Malgin -- Shane Harper

Greg McKegg -- Derek MacKenzie -- Shawn Thornton

Keith Yandle -- Jason Demers

Aaron Ekblad -- Steven Kampfer

Alex Petrovic -- Mark Pysyk

Roberto Luongo

James Reimer

Scratched: Kyle Rau, Michael Matheson

Injured: Jonathan Huberdeau (Achilles), Nick Bjugstad (hand), Jussi Jokinen (lower body)

 

Status report

Pastrnak will serve the second of a two-game suspension. … Krejci centered Marchand and Heinen, and Spooner was centering Beleskey and Czarnik in the absence of Bergeron during the morning skate, according to CSNNE.com . … The only lineup change for the Panthers from their 5-2 win at the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday is that Luongo is expected to make his seventh start of the season.

 

Who's hot

Rask has allowed two goals on 86 shots in his past three games (.979 save percentage), all wins. He's 4-0-0 with a 1.25 goals-against average this season. … Marchessault has four goals and three assists in his past six games.

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