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Krug expected back for Boston; Minnesota 3-0-1 in past four games

by Matt Kalman / Independent Correspondent

WILD (9-11-2) at BRUINS (14-3-5)

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


The Game

Torey Krug is expected to return for the Boston Bruins, who will try to extend their point streak to seven games when they play the Minnesota Wild at TD Garden on Saturday.

The defenseman, who has 13 points (two goals, 11 assists) in 17 games, missed five games with an upper-body injury. 

The Bruins are 3-0-3 in their past six games and the last NHL team without a regulation home loss (8-0-4) this season.

The Wild begin a three-game road trip looking to stretch their point streak to five games and winning streak to three. They're 3-0-1 in their past four.


Players to watch

Wild forward Zach Parise has five points (four goals, one assist) in his past four games.

Bruins forward David Pastrnak has five points (four goals, one assist) during a three-game goal streak and leads the NHL with 20 goals.


They said it

"It's pretty tough. I mean they're really good, but you've got to work harder than them. But that's what's usually tough because they work as hard as anybody." -- Wild coach Bruce Boudreau on the Bruins

"Start on time, a little more passion in our game early. It's nice that we pushed back and played through bad stretches, but that's no way to hang your hat. … There were some bad habits there we're trying to get out of our game and that's what we'll start doing again tonight." -- Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy


Wild projected lineup

Jason Zucker -- Eric Staal -- Mats Zuccarello

Zach Parise -- Mikko Koivu -- Kevin Fiala

Jordan Greenway -- Joel Eriksson Ek -- Luke Kunin

Ryan Donato -- Victor Rask -- Ryan Hartman

Ryan Suter -- Jared Spurgeon

Jonas Brodin -- Matt Dumba

Carson Soucy -- Brad Hunt

Alex Stalock

Kaapo Kahkonen

Scratched: Nick Seeler, Devan Dubnyk

Injured: Marcus Foligno (lower body), Greg Pateryn (core muscle)


Bruins projected lineup

Brad Marchand -- Patrice Bergeron -- David Pastrnak

Jake DeBrusk -- David Krejci -- Brett Ritchie

Anders Bjork -- Charlie Coyle -- Danton Heinen

Joakim Nordstrom -- Sean Kuraly -- Chris Wagner

Zdeno Chara -- Charlie McAvoy

Torey Krug -- Brandon Carlo

Matt Grzelcyk -- Steven Kampfer

Jaroslav Halak

Tuukka Rask

Scratched: Connor Clifton

Injured: Kevan Miller (knee), John Moore (shoulder), David Backes (upper body), Zach Senyshyn (lower body), Karson Kuhlman (fractured tibia), Par Lindholm (leg laceration)


Status report

Dubnyk remains away from the Wild to attend a family issue. ... The Wild will use the same 18 skaters from their 3-2 win against the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday … Stalock makes his third straight start. … Kampfer, who last played Nov. 2, replaces Clifton. … Vaakanainen comes out for Krug's return. … Ritchie returns to replace Lindholm after missing one game with an upper-body injury. ... The Bruins assigned defenseman Urho Vaakanainen to Providence of the American Hockey League.


Stat pack

Koivu has a four-game point streak (four assists) and is one point from 700 in his NHL career. … Marchand has nine points (five goals, four assists) in his past six games.

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