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Blackhawks at Bruins preview

Boston looks for ninth straight win; Chicago out to end three-game skid

by Matt Kalman / Independent Correspondent

BLACKHAWKS (10-12-5) at BRUINS (20-3-5)



The Game 

The Boston Bruins will look to extend their winning streak to nine games and their point streak to 13 when they play the Chicago Blackhawks at TD Garden on Thursday.

The Bruins, who have outscored opponents 31-12 during their winning streak, are 9-0-3 in their past 12 games. Boston is the only NHL team without a regulation home loss this season (12-0-4).

The Blackhawks will try to avoid losing their fourth straight game in regulation, which would be their longest losing streak of the season. They have been outscored 16-5 during their past three games.


Players to watch

Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane has 24 points (11 goals, 13 assists) in his past 16 games.

Bruins forward David Pastrnak has 12 points (nine goals, three assists) in his past nine games. He leads the League with 25 goals.


They said it

"They do a lot of things well. It's going to test us. We need to perform well. I think it comes down to, for us, our habits, especially on the road. You need to have a good base, stop and start, manage the puck, find a way to create zone time for yourself, stay out of the box." -- Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton

"A lot of the same that we've seen in the past, a talented group up front, pretty deep. A lot of skill. On the back end, they move pretty well. … We'll see. It will be a tough test for us defensively. We always get excited about that. It will be fun. -- Bruins defenseman Torey Krug on the Blackhawks


Blackhawks projected lineup

Brandon Saad -- Jonathan Toews -- Alex Nylander

Alex DeBrincat -- Dylan Strome -- Patrick Kane

Zack Smith -- Kirby Dach -- Anton Wedin

Dominik Kubalik -- Ryan Carpenter -- David Kampf

Olli Maatta -- Connor Murphy

Calvin de Haan -- Brent Seabrook

Erik Gustafsson -- Slater Koekkoek

Robin Lehner

Corey Crawford

Scratched: None

Injured: Duncan Keith (groin), Drake Caggiula (concussion), Andrew Shaw (undisclosed)


Bruins projected lineup

Jake DeBrusk -- David Krejci -- David Pastrnak

Brad Marchand -- Charlie Coyle -- Danton Heinen

Anders Bjork -- Sean Kuraly -- Chris Wagner

Joakim Nordstrom -- Par Lindholm -- David Backes

Zdeno Chara -- Charlie McAvoy

Torey Krug -- Brandon Carlo

John Moore -- Matt Grzelcyk

Tuukka Rask

Scratched: Steven Kampfer, Connor Clifton, Brett Ritchie

Injured: Patrice Bergeron (lower body), Karson Kuhlman (fractured tibia), Kevan Miller (knee), Zach Senyshyn (lower body)


Status report

The Blackhawks and Bruins each held an optional morning skate. … Strome returns after missing four games with a concussion. … Lehner returns after missing one game because of illness. .… Moore returns after missing Boston's first 28 games while recovering from offseason shoulder surgery. He replaces Clifton.


Stat pack

Gustafsson and de Haan each needs one point for 100 in his NHL career. Chara will tie Steve Yzerman for 20th on the NHL games played list (1,514). … Rask is 6-0-0 with a 1.82 goals-against average and .943 save percentage in his past six starts.

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