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Preview: Devils at Bruins

Center Patrice Bergeron returns to Boston's lineup after missing three games with lower-body injury

by Matt Kalman / Correspondent

DEVILS (1-1-1) at BRUINS (2-1-0)

7 p.m. ET; NESN, MSG+, NHL.TV


Devils team scope 

The New Jersey Devils plan to go with the same lineup they used to defeat the Anaheim Ducks 2-1 on Tuesday. "We felt it was pretty good top to bottom," coach John Hynes told after the morning skate at TD Garden on Thursday. Although the Devils earned their first win Tuesday, Hynes had to stop practice Wednesday because he was displeased with his team's performance. Hynes said the Devils finished practice well and they hope that carries over to the game against the Bruins. "We were just talking about coming ready to work every day no matter what the result was yesterday," center Adam Henrique said Wednesday. "We have to be able to carry that out day in and day out without them having to say it. Big teams have success without being told. That's an area of focus for us as players."

Video: ANA@NJD: Hall lights the lamp for second PPG


Bruins team scope 

Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron will return to the lineup after missing the first three games of the season with a lower-body injury. Bergeron was injured in practice Oct. 12. "He's one of the best players in the League, and he's obviously going to help our team a lot and give us a lot of depth, so it's good to have him back for tonight," forward Brad Marchand said after the morning skate at Warrior Ice Arena on Thursday. Forward David Backes, who signed with the Bruins as a free agent on July 1 after 10 seasons with the St. Louis Blues, will make his regular-season home debut. "We're playing for keeps now," Backes said. "We're done with the preseason stuff. We got a little taste of the regular season on our road trip, we were able to come out 2-1 and now we're excited to get some home cooking and get in front of our fans." With Bergeron back, Backes will shift from centering Bergeron's line to playing wing next to center David Krejci.

Video: BOS@CBJ: Backes scores twice in debut with Bruins


Devils projected lineup 

Taylor Hall -- Travis Zajac -- PA Parenteau

Michael Cammalleri -- Adam Henrique -- Kyle Palmieri

Beau Bennett -- Pavel Zacha -- Devante Smith-Pelly

Reid Boucher -- Vernon Fiddler -- Jacob Josefson

Andy Greene -- Damon Severson

John Moore -- Ben Lovejoy

Yohann Auvitu -- Kyle Quincey

Cory Schneider

Keith Kinkaid

Scratched: Steven Santini, Blake Speers, Miles Wood

Injured: Sergey Kalinin (injured)


Bruins projected lineup 

Brad Marchand -- Patrice Bergeron -- David Pastrnak

Danton Heinen -- David Krejci -- David Backes

Matt Beleskey -- Riley Nash -- Jimmy Hayes

Tim Schaller -- Dominic Moore -- Noel Acciari

Zdeno Chara -- Brandon Carlo

Joe Morrow -- Torey Krug

John-Michael Liles -- Colin Miller

Tuukka Rask

Anton Khudobin

Scratched: Ryan Spooner, Rob O'Gara

Injured: Adam McQuaid (upper body), Kevan Miller (hand)


Status report 

Kalinin traveled with the Devils to Boston but remained on injured reserve. ... The Bruins sent center Austin Czarnik to Providence of the American Hockey League on Thursday. The rookie had no points in two games this season. ... Morrow will make his season debut after he was a healthy scratch for the first three games.


Who's hot 

Hall scored both goals for the Devils in their 2-1 win against Anaheim on Tuesday. ... Pastrnak has four goals and six points in the Bruins' first three games; Marchand has two goals and seven points in that span.

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