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Rask returns for Boston; Los Angeles aiming to tie best start in its history

by Matt Kalman / NHL.com Correspondent

KINGS (8-1-1) at BRUINS (4-3-1)

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

 

The Game 

Goaltender Tuukka Rask will start for the first time in four games when the Boston Bruins host the Los Angeles Kings at TD Garden on Saturday.

Rask, who missed two games with a concussion and served as the backup for a 2-1 win against the San Jose Sharks on Thursday, hasn't played since Oct. 15. The Bruins went 2-0-1 with backup Anton Khudobin starting in Rask's place.

The Kings will look to equal their best start in franchise history; Los Angeles started 9-1 (with one tie) in 1980-81.

Goalie Jonathan Quick is expected to start for Los Angeles, which has won its past two games since its lone regulation loss (3-2 against Toronto Maple Leafs on Oct. 23).

 

Players to watch

Kings forward Adrian Kempe has five points (three goals, two assists) during a three-game point streak and is second on the Kings and among NHL rookies in goals (six) this season.

Bruins rookie forward Danton Heinen scored the first two goals of his NHL career against San Jose on Thursday and has five points (two goals, three assists) in four games this season.

 

They said it

"I think when Jeff [Carter] went down, we said right away it's next man up, somebody was going to have to step up and take advantage of the opportunity. I think he's done that. ... The big challenge for Adrian now is just the consistency with the type of schedule we're facing now." -- Kings coach John Stevens on forward Adrian Kempe

"Obviously it's nice. Tuukka's an unbelievable goalie. And coming off the injury, we're going to make sure we help him, especially at the beginning, and get the two points."-- Bruins forward David Pastrnak on goalie Tuukka Rask making his first start in four games

 
Kings projected lineup

Alex Iafallo -- Anze Kopitar -- Dustin Brown

Tanner Pearson -- Adrian Kempe -- Tyler Toffoli

Michael Cammalleri -- Brooks Laich -- Trevor Lewis

Andy Andreoff -- Michael Amadio -- Nic Dowd

Derek Forbort -- Drew Doughty

Jake Muzzin -- Alec Martinez

Kurtis MacDermid -- Oscar Fantenberg

Jonathan Quick

Darcy Kuemper

Scratched: Christian Folin

Injured: Nick Shore (undisclosed), Marian Gaborik (knee), Kyle Clifford (upper body), Jeff Carter (lower body)

 
Bruins projected lineup

Brad Marchand -- Patrice Bergeron -- Anders Bjork

Jake DeBrusk -- David Backes -- David Pastrnak

Tim Schaller -- Riley Nash -- Danton Heinen

Kenny Agostino -- Sean Kuraly -- Frank Vatrano

Zdeno Chara -- Charlie McAvoy

Torey Krug -- Brandon Carlo

Paul Postma -- Kevan Miller

Tuukka Rask

Anton Khudobin

Scratched: Matt Beleskey

Injured: David Krejci (upper body), Adam McQuaid (leg), Ryan Spooner (groin), Noel Acciari (finger)

 

Status report

The Kings and Bruins each plan to use their same 18 skaters from their games on Thursday.

 

Stat pack

Quick is 6-1-1 this season. His career NHL record in October is 46-15-7 (.728 win percentage). ... This will be Rask's 400th game of his NHL career.

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