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Tuukka Rask in goal for Boston; Philadelphia defenseman Mark Streit expected in lineup

by Matt Kalman / Correspondent

FLYERS (22-16-6) at BRUINS (22-18-5)



Flyers team scope

Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Mark Streit was activated from long-term injured reserve Friday and could return to the lineup. Streit, who has five goals and 11 assists in 31 games, missed 12 games since injuring his left shoulder Dec. 11 against the Detroit Red Wings. "I'm happy to be back," Streit told after practice Friday. "I missed close to a month. I just want to keep it simple out there." The Flyers are 3-6-3 in their past 12 games since a 10-game winning streak but defeated the Vancouver Canucks 5-4 in a shootout Thursday. Goaltender Michal Neuvirth, who earned the win in relief with 14 saves on 14 shots through overtime and made three saves in the shootout, could start. "He sure looked sharp [Thursday] night," coach Dave Hakstol said. "He looked really calm and settled right away, as soon as he went in at the start of the third period. Midseason form, I guess that's tough to evaluate off of 25 minutes, but he was very good."


Bruins team scope

Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask will start after leaving a 2-1 loss to the Nashville Predators on Thursday after getting hit with a shot in the neck. "Yeah, I'll be good," Rask said after practice Friday. "It got a little bit of my jaw too, so we went through the concussion test there. We just had to make sure everything was normal." The Bruins went 2-1-1 on the four-game road trip and the offense showed improvement with 13 goals. "If you're getting a lot of scoring chances, it means you're doing a decent job," coach Claude Julien said. "But at the same time, you've got to make sure that those scoring chances, you find a way to score goals. And when you don't, you've got to find a way to maybe create a second chance off that opportunity. I think that's where we got a little bit better."


Flyers projected lineup

Michael Raffl -- Claude Giroux -- Travis Konecny

Nick Cousins -- Sean Couturier -- Jakub Voracek

Dale Weise -- Brayden Schenn -- Wayne Simmonds

Chris VandeVelde -- Pierre-Edouard Bellemare -- Roman Lyubimov

Ivan Provorov -- Andrew MacDonald

Mark Streit -- Radko Gudas

Nick Schultz -- Shayne Gostisbehere

Michal Neuvirth

Steve Mason

Scratched: Brandon Manning, Michael Del Zotto

Injured: Matt Read (lower body)


Bruins projected lineup

Brad Marchand -- Patrice Bergeron -- David Pastrnak

Frank Vatrano -- David Krejci -- David Backes

Tim Schaller -- Ryan Spooner -- Riley Nash

Anton Blidh -- Dominic Moore -- Austin Czarnik

Zdeno Chara -- Brandon Carlo

Torey Krug -- Adam McQuaid

John-Michael Liles -- Kevan Miller

Tuukka Rask

Zane McIntyre

Scratched: Jimmy Hayes, Joe Morrow

Injured: Matt Beleskey (knee), Colin Miller (lower body)


Status report

The Flyers waived forward Boyd Gordon on Friday to make room for Streit on the roster. Gudas was scratched against Vancouver but practiced on a pair with Streit and could return to the lineup. Read won't play Saturday and is considered day to day because of a lower-body injury. ... Colin Miller will miss his second straight game since sustaining a lower-body injury in the third period at the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday.


Who's hot

Schenn has three goals and one assist during a four-game point streak. ... Marchand has five goals and two assists in his past five games. Krug has two goals and 10 assists in his past 11 games.

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