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Karlsson returns for San Jose; Boston tries to stretch point streak to 14 games

by Matt Kalman / Correspondent

SHARKS (37-18-8) at BRUINS (36-17-9)



The Game

Erik Karlsson will return to the lineup after missing one game with a groin injury when the San Jose Sharks play the Boston Bruins at TD Garden on Tuesday.

The defenseman re-aggravated the injury Saturday in a 4-0 loss at the Columbus Blue Jackets and didn't play in a 5-3 victory at the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday. But he took part in the morning skate and said he expects to play.

Martin Jones will start in goal for the Sharks, who are 3-2-1 in their past six after a six-game winning streak. San Jose trails the Calgary Flames by three points for first place in the Pacific Division and the Western Conference.

Jaroslav Halak will start for the Bruins, who will look to extend their point streak to 14 games. Boston, 9-0-4 in its past 13, leads the Toronto Maple Leafs by one point for second place in the Atlantic Division.


Players to watch

Sharks defenseman Brent Burns has 18 points (four goals, 14 assists) in his past 13 games.

Bruins forward Brad Marchand has 14 points (five goals, nine assists) in his past 10 games.


They said it

"You just look at this lineup and every time you play against it, it's a hard team to play against. I'm really excited to be here, I can't wait to get going and the guys have been great so far, they've been very welcoming." -- Gustav Nyquist on making his Sharks debut

"I'm excited, I'll tell you that much. It's going to be fun. I think you play to win games and you play to get a chance to win in the playoffs. I've gotten that opportunity now and I'm really excited about it." -- Marcus Johansson on joining the Bruins


Sharks projected lineup

Timo Meier -- Logan Couture -- Joe Pavelski

Evander Kane -- Tomas Hertl -- Joonas Donskoi

Gustav Nyquist -- Joe Thornton -- Kevin Labanc

Lukas Radil -- Barclay Goodrow -- Melker Karlsson

Marc-Edouard Vlasic -- Erik Karlsson

Brent Burns -- Radim Simek

Brenden Dillon -- Justin Braun

Martin Jones

Aaron Dell

Scratched: Joakim Ryan, Tim Heed, Micheal Haley

Injured: Marcus Sorensen (upper body)


Bruins projected lineup

Brad Marchand -- Patrice Bergeron -- Danton Heinen

Jake DeBrusk -- David Krejci -- Marcus Johansson

Joakim Nordstrom -- Charlie Coyle -- David Backes

Sean Kuraly -- Noel Acciari -- Chris Wagner

Zdeno Chara -- Charlie McAvoy

Torey Krug -- Brandon Carlo

Matt Grzelcyk -- John Moore

Jaroslav Halak

Tuukka Rask

Scratched: Steven Kampfer

Injured: Kevan Miller (upper body), David Pastrnak (thumb)


Status report

Nyquist, who was traded to San Jose by the Detroit Red Wings for a second-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft and a conditional third-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft on Sunday, will make his Sharks debut. He replaces Haley. … Johansson, who was acquired by Boston in a trade with the New Jersey Devils for a second-round pick in the 2019 draft and a fourth-round pick in the 2020 draft, will make his debut with the Bruins.


Stat pack

Thornton has 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in his past nine games, including a hat trick against Boston in a 6-5 overtime loss Feb. 18. … Bergeron has 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in his past 10 games.

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