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Marchand, Pastrnak trying to extend point streaks for Boston; Pittsburgh hopes for third win in four games

by Matt Kalman / Independent Correspondent

PENGUINS (8-5-1) at BRUINS (10-1-2)



The Game

Brad Marchand will look to extend his NHL career-high point streak to 13 games, and David Pastrnak will try to stretch his point streak to 12 games, tying his NHL career-best, when the Boston Bruins play the Pittsburgh Penguins at TD Garden on Monday.

The Bruins will also try for their sixth straight win and to extend their point streak (7-0-2) to 10 games.

Marchand has 23 points (eight goals, 15 assists) during his 12-game streak; Pastrnak has 27 points (13 goals, 14 assists) during his 11-game streak.

The Penguins will try to extend their point streak to four games; they're 2-0-1 in their past three games.


Players to watch

Penguins forward Jake Guentzel has 13 points (seven goals, six assists) in his past 13 games.

Bruins center Patrice Bergeron has six points (four goals, two assists) during a three-game point streak.


They said it

"They're obviously a team that's won a lot of games and they have guys that are going to put the puck in the net. So this is definitely a game where we're going to have to come out hard here and show what we've got." -- Penguins forward Bryan Rust on the Bruins

"We know the firepower that they have up front with certain guys and obviously they have lines that can score and a lot of depth too … so it's probably going to be a high-pace game with four good lines going after one another and just running. So we'll be ready for that." -- Bruins forward Charlie Coyle on the Penguins


Penguins projected lineup

Jake Guentzel -- Sidney Crosby -- Dominik Simon

Alex Galchenyuk -- Evgeni Malkin -- Bryan Rust

Jared McCann -- Nick Bjugstad -- Dominik Kahun

Zach Aston-Reese -- Teddy Blueger -- Brandon Tanev

Juuso Riikola -- Kris Letang

Marcus Pettersson -- Justin Schultz

Jack Johnson -- John Marino

Matt Murray

Tristan Jarry

Scratched: Chad Ruhwedel, Brian Dumoulin

Injured: Patric Hornqvist (lower body)


Bruins projected lineup

Brad Marchand -- Patrice Bergeron -- David Pastrnak

Jake DeBrusk -- David Krejci -- Danton Heinen

Anders Bjork -- Charlie Coyle -- Brett Ritchie

Cameron Hughes -- Sean Kuraly -- Chris Wagner

Zdeno Chara -- Charlie McAvoy

Torey Krug -- Brandon Carlo

Matt Grzelcyk -- Connor Clifton

Jaroslav Halak

Tuukka Rask

Scratched: Steven Kampfer

Injured: Joakim Nordstrom (infection), Karson Kuhlman (fractured tibia), Kevan Miller (knee), Anton Blidh (shoulder), John Moore (shoulder), Par Lindholm (upper body), David Backes (upper body)


Status report

Kahun replaces Hornqvist, who was placed on injured reserve Sunday. … Dumoulin did not travel with the Penguins because of the birth of his child. The Penguins, though, did not rule him out. … Hughes was called up from Providence of the American Hockey League, and Ritchie returns after missing one game with an infection. They replace Backes and Peter Cehlarik, who was assigned to Providence.


Stat pack

Crosby and Simon each has five points (one goal, four assists) in his past five games. … A 13-game point streak for Marchand would be the third-longest by a Bruins player since 1994-95, after Adam Oates (20 games, 1996-97) and Phil Kessel (18 games, 2008-09).

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