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Oilers at Bruins preview

Rask gets start for Boston, winners of four straight; Edmonton in search of offense

by Matt Kalman / NHL.com Correspondent

OILERS (8-13-2) at BRUINS (10-7-4)

5 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN, TVA Sports, NESN, NHL.TV

 

The Game

Tuukka Rask will start for the Boston Bruins, who will try to extend their winning streak to a season-high five games when they host the Edmonton Oilers at TD Garden on Sunday.

Backup Anton Khudobin has started each of the past four games. Rask's last start was a 4-2 loss at the Anaheim Ducks on Nov. 15.

Goalie Cam Talbot will start for the Oilers after he had flu-like symptoms and backed up Laurent Brossoit in a 3-1 loss at the Buffalo Sabres on Friday. Edmonton, which is playing the final game of a five-game road trip, is 1-4-0 in its past five games. 

 

Players to watch

Oilers forward Milan Lucic had a three-game point streak end Friday. Lucic played 566 regular-season games in eight seasons for the Bruins and was a member of the 2011 Stanley Cup championship team.

Bruins rookie defenseman Charlie McAvoy has points in three of his past four games (one goal, two assists) and is second on the team in ice time per game (23:25) behind Zdeno Chara (24:02).

 

They said it

"We're not getting enough out of players. We've got to try something else." -- Oilers coach Todd McLellan on having Connor McDavid, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Leon Draisaitl center the top three lines

"It's his turn to go. We've gotten terrific goaltending out of [Anton Khudobin]. We'd like to get terrific goaltending out of Tuukka so everything could be terrific. But we'll see. It's his chance [Sunday]." -- Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy on goalie Tuukka Rask

 

Oilers projected lineup

Milan Lucic -- Connor McDavid -- Michael Cammalleri

Patrick Maroon -- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins -- Anton Slepyshev

Drake Caggiula -- Leon Draisaitl -- Ryan Strome

Iiro Pakarinen -- Mark Letestu -- Zack Kassian

Darnell Nurse -- Adam Larsson

Matt Benning -- Oscar Klefbom

Kris Russell -- Yohann Auvitu

Cam Talbot

Laurent Brossoit

Scratched: Jesse Puljujarvi, Eric Gryba

Injured: Andrej Sekera (knee), Jujhar Khaira (lower body)

 

Bruins projected lineup

Danton Heinen -- Patrice Bergeron -- David Pastrnak

Jake DeBrusk -- David Krejci -- Frank Vatrano

Tim Schaller -- Sean Kuraly -- Noel Acciari

Ryan Spooner -- Riley Nash -- Jordan Szwarz

Zdeno Chara -- Charlie McAvoy

Torey Krug -- Brandon Carlo

Matt Grzelcyk -- Kevan Miller

Tuukka Rask

Anton Khudobin

Scratched: Matt Beleskey, Paul Postma

Injured: Peter Cehlarik (undisclosed), Brad Marchand (undisclosed), David Backes (diverticulitis), Adam McQuaid (broken fibula)

 

Status report

Klefbom returns after missing one game with the flu and Slepyshev returns after missing eight games because of a groin injury. ... Spooner missed practice Saturday and will be a game-day decision. ... The Bruins called up Szwarz from Providence of the American Hockey League on an emergency basis Saturday and assigned defenseman Rob O'Gara to Providence. ... Cassidy said Marchand, who will miss his sixth straight game, is day to day and could return Wednesday against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

 

Stat pack

The Oilers have won the past five games against the Bruins after losing the prior 13. Boston's last win against Edmonton was Nov. 6, 2014. 

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