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Avalanche at Bruins preview

Krug to make season debut, Bergeron out for Boston; Colorado concludes three-game road trip

by Matt Kalman / Correspondent

AVALANCHE (1-1-0) at BRUINS (1-0-0)

1 p.m. ET; SN1, NESN, ALT, NHL.TV 


The Game 

Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron will miss his second straight game because of a lower-body injury, but the Bruins will have defenseman Torey Krug (fractured jaw) and forward Austin Czarnik (illness) in the lineup against the Colorado Avalanche on Monday after each missed the season opener Thursday. Bergeron had practiced Sunday wearing a non-contact jersey but left practice early.

The Bruins are looking to start the season 2-0-0 for the first time since 2013-14 after they defeated the Nashville Predators 4-3 on Thursday.

The Avalanche are completing a season-opening three-game road trip before they play their home opener against the Bruins at Pepsi Center on Wednesday. The Avalanche are unbeaten in their past 11 visits to Boston (10-0-0, one tie). The Bruins' last home win against Colorado was March 30, 1998 (4-1).


Players to watch

Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie will look to keep up his hot start. He has two points (one goal, one assist) in two games and is second on Colorado in ice time per game (24:34).

Bruins rookie Jake DeBrusk is trying to prove he can be a top-six forward in the NHL. He scored a goal and had an assist in his NHL debut on Thursday.


They said it

"I think it's gone well. It would've been nice to get the win [Saturday] in New Jersey but we have a lot of work to do still. We've been turning the puck over a little bit too much and we watched video today. It's still early in the season, there's lots of room to improve. But I'm just trying to get adjusted to the pace of the game and get acclimated to everything. It's a big step up from college and I felt better on the ice yesterday in New Jersey that I did in New York." -- Colorado rookie forward Alexander Kerfoot on his first two NHL games

"It's frustrating any time, it doesn't matter if it's the beginning or whenever it is during the year. You never want to miss games and it's definitely tough to watch. I'd rather be on the ice. I'm more nervous watching it than actually playing." -- Bergeron on his injury


Avalanche projected lineup

Sven Andrighetto -- Nathan MacKinnon -- Mikko Rantanen

Nail Yakupov -- Matt Duchene -- Alexander Kerfoot

Gabriel Landeskog -- J.T. Compher -- Colin Wilson

Carl Soderberg -- Tyson Jost -- Blake Comeau

Patrik Nemeth -- Tyson Barrie

Nikita Zadorov -- Erik Johnson

Chris Bigras -- Anton Lindholm

Semyon Varlamov

Jonathan Bernier

Scratched: Mark Barberio, Matt Nieto, Andrej Mironov

Injured: Sergei Boikov (shoulder), A.J. Greer (concussion)


Bruins projected lineup

Brad Marchand -- Ryan Spooner -- David Pastrnak

Jake DeBrusk -- David Krejci -- Anders Bjork

Sean Kuraly -- Riley Nash -- Tim Schaller

Matt Beleskey -- Austin Czarnik -- Frank Vatrano

Zdeno Chara -- Brandon Carlo

Kevan Miller -- Charlie McAvoy

Torey Krug -- Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask

Anton Khudobin

Scratched: Paul Postma

Injured: Patrice Bergeron (lower body), Noel Acciari (finger), David Backes (diverticulitis)

Status report

Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said Bergeron is considered day to day and will travel with the team for a three-game road trip that starts at the Avalanche on Wednesday. The Bruins placed Acciari and Backes on injured reserve and sent defenseman Matt Grzelcyk to Providence on Monday.

Stat pack

The Avalanche are 1-for-11 on the power play and 5-for-9 on the penalty kill through two games.

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