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Bergeron expected to play for Boston; Buffalo 1-6-2 in past nine games

by Matt Kalman / Independent Correspondent

SABRES (10-8-3) at BRUINS (13-3-5)



The Game 

Patrice Bergeron is expected to return to the lineup for the Boston Bruins, who will try to stretch their point streak to six games when they play the Buffalo Sabres at TD Garden on Thursday.

The center, who has 19 points (eight goals, 11 assists) in 19 games this season, missed the past two with a lower-body injury. Boston is 2-0-3 in its past five games after a 5-1 win at the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday.

The Sabres have lost two in a row. They're 1-6-2 in their past nine games after going 4-1-0 in their previous five.


Players to watch

Sabres center Jack Eichel has six points (five goals, one assist) in a three-game point streak. He has 10 points (five goals, five assists) in five games at TD Garden, including four-point games Dec. 26, 2015 and Dec. 16, 2018.

Bruins forward Charlie Coyle has six points (two goals, four assists) during a five-game point streak.


They said it

"If you look at the way Boston plays, they're as disciplined and organized a team as there is in the NHL for me right now. And we have so much respect for their game and it's a team you're doing everything to play eye to eye against and doing everything we can to end up on the positive end of the score here. At the same time, it's an opportunity for us to learn and to watch a team with an amazing synergy both defensively and offensively." -- Sabres coach Ralph Krueger

"Yeah, I felt good this morning. So unless something happens before now and then, yeah I think I'm ready to go and I'll be playing tonight." -- Bruins center Patrice Bergeron


Sabres projected lineup

Jimmy Vesey -- Jack Eichel -- Sam Reinhart

Jeff Skinner -- Evan Rodrigues -- Conor Sheary

Zemgus Girgensons -- Johan Larsson -- Curtis Lazar

Victor Olofsson -- Casey Mittelstadt -- Rasmus Asplund

Jake McCabe -- Rasmus Ristolainen

Colin Miller -- Brandon Montour

Rasmus Dahlin -- Henri Jokiharju

Carter Hutton

Linus Ullmark

Scratched: Marco Scandella, John Gilmour

Injured: Zach Bogosian (hip), Matt Hunwick (neck), Vladimir Sobotka (lower body), Marcus Johansson (upper body), Kyle Okposo (concussion), Tage Thompson (upper body)


Bruins projected lineup

Brad Marchand -- Patrice Bergeron -- David Pastrnak

Jake DeBrusk -- David Krejci -- Charlie Coyle

Anders Bjork -- Par Lindholm -- Danton Heinen

Joakim Nordstrom -- Sean Kuraly -- Chris Wagner

Zdeno Chara -- Charlie McAvoy

Matt Grzelcyk -- Brandon Carlo

Urho Vaakanainen -- Connor Clifton

Tuukka Rask

Jaroslav Halak

Scratched: Steven Kampfer

Injured: Torey Krug (upper body), Brett Ritchie (undisclosed), David Backes (upper body), Zach Senyshyn (lower body), Karson Kuhlman (fractured tibia), Kevan Miller (knee), John Moore (shoulder)


Status report

Larsson returns after missing four games with an upper-body injury. … Ritchie is out with a reoccurrence of an earlier injury.


Stat pack

Reinhart has nine points (four goals, five assists) in his past 10 games. … Marchand has seven points (three goals, four assists) in his past five games. … Krejci has six assists in a four-game point streak.

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