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Boston seeks to extend point streak in Stanley Cup Final rematch; Tarasenko out for St. Louis

by Matt Kalman / Independent Correspondent

BLUES (5-2-3) at BRUINS (6-1-2)

7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV 


The Game

The St. Louis Blues and Boston Bruins will meet for the first time since the 2019 Stanley Cup Final at TD Garden on Saturday.

The Blues defeated the Bruins in seven games last season to win the Stanley Cup for the first time their 51-season history.

Forward Vladimir Tarasenko, who has 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in 10 games, will not play for the Blues, who have won two straight, because of an upper-body injury.

Forward Brad Marchand will look to extend his point streak to nine games for the Bruins; he has 14 points (five goals, nine assists) in his past eight games. Boston is 3-0-2 in its past five games.


Players to watch

Blues forward Brayden Schenn has 11 points (eight goals, three assists) in his past nine games.

Bruins forward David Pastrnak has 17 points (10 goals, seven assists) during a seven-game point streak including a four-game goal streak.


They said it

"Obviously good memories being a part of this room. It feels like yesterday we were just here. So I look forward to the match tonight, and it's going to be a tough one." -- Blues forward Brayden Schenn

"Not a rematch, no. The Stanley Cup unfortunately is not in the building tonight. So this is for two points. Again it's a team we got to know well, so I'm sure there could be some level of intensity more than other games develop. But going into it I don't see it as any different." -- Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy


Blues projected lineup

Jaden Schwartz -- Brayden Schenn -- Oskar Sundqvist

Alexander Steen -- Ryan O'Reilly -- David Perron

Zach Sanford -- Tyler Bozak -- Robert Thomas

Sammy Blais -- Ivan Barbashev -- Mackenzie MacEachern

Colton Parayko -- Alex Pietrangelo

Jay Bouwmeester -- Justin Faulk

Vince Dunn -- Robert Bortuzzo

Jordan Binnington

Jake Allen

Scratched: Carl Gunnarsson, Robby Fabbri

Injured: Vladimir Tarasenko (upper body)


Bruins projected lineup

Brad Marchand -- Patrice Bergeron -- David Pastrnak

Jake DeBrusk -- Charlie Coyle -- Brett Ritchie

Anders Bjork -- Par Lindholm -- Danton Heinen

Joakim Nordstrom -- Sean Kuraly -- Chris Wagner

Zdeno Chara -- Charlie McAvoy

Torey Krug -- Brandon Carlo

Matt Grzelcyk -- Connor Clifton

Tuukka Rask

Jaroslav Halak

Scratched: Steven Kampfer, David Backes

Injured: David Krejci (upper body), Kevan Miller (knee), Karson Kuhlman (fractured tibia), John Moore (shoulder), Anton Blidh (shoulder)


Status report

Blais, who has missed one game with an upper-body injury, will be a game-time decision. If he plays, he'll replace Tarasenko, who will also not play at the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday. … Krejci skated Saturday but will miss his fourth straight game; he will not play at the New York Rangers on Sunday. … Nordstrom will play after missing two games, replacing Backes.


Stat pack

Schwartz has seven points (one goal, six assists) during a six-game point streak. ... Perron is two points from 500 in the NHL. … Chara will tie Phil Housley (1,495) for 22nd on the NHL all-time games played list. … Bergeron has eight points (two goals, six assists) in his past eight games.

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