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Colorado has won five straight; Boston looking to extend point streak to 14 games

by Matt Kalman / Independent Correspondent

AVALANCHE (18-8-2) at BRUINS (20-3-6)

7 p.m. ET; NESN, ALT, NHL.TV 


The Game 

The Boston Bruins will try to extend their point streak to 14 games when they play the Colorado Avalanche at TD Garden on Saturday.

The Bruins, who are coming off a 4-3 overtime loss to the Chicago Blackhawks, are 9-0-4 during the streak and are the only team in the NHL without a regulation loss at home (12-0-5).

The Avalanche have won five straight games while outscoring their opponents 22-9.


Players to watch

Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon has 18 points (seven goals, 11 assists) in his past nine games.

Bruins center David Krejci has 14 points (four goals, 10 assists) in his past 12 games.


They said it

"Well, top team in the League, dangerous all four lines, a real deep team, and they work. So a lot like Montreal (a 3-2 win on Thursday), they worked really hard and we had to come at them and make sure that all four lines and our depth was what was really rolling. And we're going to have to play the same way tonight." -- Avalanche coach Jared Bednar on Boston

"They're fast. You know I don't think they really have any holes. … They have some guys that can really burn you, just like we do. And they've got that young defenseman (Cale Makar) that no one really knows how good he actually is, but he looks pretty good to me. So those are the guys that you're going to have to watch. And they're a deep team. Like I said, they're a good team for a reason." -- Bruins forward Brett Ritchie on Colorado


Avalanche projected lineup

Mikko Rantanen -- Nathan MacKinnon -- Joonas Donskoi

Gabriel Landeskog -- J.T. Compher -- Andre Burakovsky

Matt Nieto -- Pierre-Edouard Bellemare -- Valeri Nichushkin

Vladislav Kamenev -- Tyson Jost -- T.J. Tynan

Ryan Graves -- Cale Makar

Nikita Zadorov -- Samuel Girard

Mark Barberio -- Ian Cole

Philipp Grubauer

Pavel Francouz

Scratched: Calle Rosen, Matt Calvert

Injured: Erik Johnson (lower body), Nazem Kadri (lower body), Colin Wilson (lower body)


Bruins projected lineup

Brad Marchand -- David Krejci -- David Pastrnak

Jake DeBrusk -- Charlie Coyle -- Danton Heinen

Anders Bjork -- Par Lindholm -- Brett Ritchie

Joakim Nordstrom -- Sean Kuraly -- Chris Wagner

Zdeno Chara -- Charlie McAvoy

Torey Krug -- Brandon Carlo

John Moore -- Matt Grzelcyk

Jaroslav Halak

Tuukka Rask

Scratched: David Backes, Connor Clifton, Steven Kampfer

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


Status report

Kamenev will return to the lineup after missing two games because of an illness. He will replace Calvert, who is away from the Avalanche for personal reasons. … Ritchie will play after missing the past six games because of an upper-body injury. 


Stat pack

Cole will play his 500th NHL game. … Rantanen has six points (one goal, five assists) in three games since returning to lineup after missing 16 games because of a lower-body injury. … Chara will play his 1,515th NHL game, passing Steve Yzerman for 20th in League history.

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