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Preview: Blue Jackets at Bruins

Sergei Bobrovsky could start again in goal for Columbus; Boston's David Pastrnak has goals in five straight

by Matt Kalman / NHL.com Correspondent

BLUE JACKETS (6-3-2) at BRUINS (7-6-0)

7 p.m. ET; NESN, FS-O, NHL.TV

 
Blue Jackets team scope

The Columbus Blue Jackets are 4-0-1 in their past five games and 6-1-2 in their past nine after beating the Anaheim Ducks 3-2 in overtime on Wednesday. Coach John Tortorella was encouraged after the win. "It was just an ugly game, but I remember those games last year. We lose those games, maybe lose them by two or three goals," Tortorella told the Columbus Dispatch. Rookie defenseman Zach Werenski scored his first NHL overtime goal against the Ducks. He's tied for second among defensemen with 11 points in 11 games. The Blue Jackets did not have a morning skate after arriving in Boston late Wednesday. Goaltender Curtis McElhinney could play his second game of the season after Sergei Bobrovsky made 30 saves against the Ducks on Wednesday.

 
Bruins team scope

The Boston Bruins lost 3-2 at the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday but they're 4-2-0 in their past six. A lot of their success can be credited to the hot hands of forward David Pastrnak, who has scored a goal in five straight games and is tied for second in the NHL with nine. He's been a perfect fit on a line with center Patrice Bergeron and left wing Brad Marchand. "I think his youthfulness and his energy and all that has made those other two guys good as well," coach Claude Julien said. "We know they're good players but he's been a good fit on that line." The Bruins won their most recent home game, 4-0 against the Buffalo Sabres on Monday, but they're 2-3-0 at TD Center and would like a win before heading on a three-game road trip. "I think defending home ice, you've got a few advantages with the last change and some home cooking and some familiar surroundings," forward David Backes said. "You want to be able to take advantage of those things."

 
Blue Jackets projected lineup

Scott Hartnell -- Alexander Wennberg -- Nick Foligno

Sonny Milano -- Boone Jenner -- Cam Atkinson

Matt Calvert -- William Karlsson -- Josh Anderson

Brandon Saad -- Lukas Sedlak -- Sam Gagner

Zach Werenski -- David Savard

Ryan Murray -- Jack Johnson

Markus Nutivaara -- Dalton Prout

Sergei Bobrovsky

Curtis McElhinney

Scratched: Scott Harrington, Markus Hannikainen

Injured: Brandon Dubinsky (lower body), David Clarkson (back), Seth Jones (foot) 

 
Bruins projected lineup

Brad Marchand -- Patrice Bergeron -- David Pastrnak

Ryan Spooner -- David Krejci -- David Backes

Matt Beleskey -- Riley Nash -- Austin Czarnik

Tim Schaller -- Dominic Moore -- Jimmy Hayes

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), Kevan Miller (hand), Noel Acciari (undisclosed)

 
Status report

Hannikainen was called up from Cleveland of the American Hockey League on Thursday. ... Khudobin and Miller skated with members of the training staff prior to the morning skate as part of their efforts to return from injury.

 
Who's hot

Bobrovsky has won his past four starts, with a 1.00 goals-against average, .970 save percentage and two shutouts in that span. ... Rask had 32 saves and his second shutout of the season Monday, his most recent game.

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