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Preview: Lightning at Bruins

Anton Stralman likely out again for Tampa Bay; Brad Marchand uncertain for Boston after practice injury

by Matt Kalman / NHL.com Correspondent

LIGHTNING (13-8-1) at BRUINS (11-10-0)

1 p.m. ET; NESN, SUN, NHL.TV

 
Lightning team scope

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman was cleared for contract on Saturday but is likely to miss his eighth straight game Sunday because of an upper-body injury. Coach Jon Cooper said it's possible Stralman will return during Tampa Bay's three-game road trip. The Lightning have lost two of their past three games. "This group is a proud group," Cooper told the Tampa Bay Times. "They've been together for some time now and they have found an ability to bounce back after games where we weren't our best. ... I have no doubt, you can't predict the final score [Sunday], but I know our effort level will be at a peak."

 
Bruins team scope

Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand left practice Saturday after taking a shot off his knee from defenseman Adam McQuaid. Coach Claude Julien didn't have an update on Marchand's status for Sunday. The Bruins have scored four goals in the past three games, all losses. "You find ways to try and help them get their confidence back and you try and loosen up the group a bit," Julien said. "I think they're squeezing their sticks. ... Every team goes through that at some stage during the year where they have a hard time scoring so we're trying to get out of it as quickly as we can. We did some drills today that maybe will help that." Defenseman Zdeno Chara will likely miss his third straight game because of a lower-body injury. Julien said Chara is day-to-day, but the Bruins captain has not skated since he was injured in the second period of a 4-2 loss against the St. Louis Blues on Nov. 22.

 
Lightning projected lineup

Alex Killorn -- Vladislav Namestnikov -- Nikita Kucherov

Brayden Point -- Tyler Johnson -- Ryan Callahan

Ondrej Palat -- Valtteri Filppula -- Jonathan Drouin

Cedric Paquette -- Brian Boyle

Victor Hedman -- Andrej Sustr

Nikita Nesterov -- Braydon Coburn

Jason Garrison -- Slater Koekkoek

Erik Condra

Ben Bishop

Andrei Vasilevskiy

Scratched: Luke Witkowski

Injured: Steven Stamkos (knee), Anton Stralman (upper body), J.T. Brown (upper body)

 
Bruins projected lineup

Brad Marchand -- Patrice Bergeron -- David Pastrnak

Matt Beleskey -- David Krejci -- David Backes

Tim Schaller -- Riley Nash -- Austin Czarnik

Ryan Spooner -- Dominic Moore -- Jimmy Hayes

John-Michael Liles -- Brandon Carlo

Torey Krug -- Adam McQuaid

Joe Morrow -- Kevan Miller

Tuukka Rask

Anton Khudobin

Scratched: Colin Miller

Injured: Zdeno Chara (lower body), Noel Acciari (lower body)

 
Status report

Brown, who has missed the past two games, practiced Saturday in a regular jersey. … If Marchand is unable to play, the Bruins, who do not have a spare forward on their roster, will need to promote one from Providence of the American Hockey League.

 
Who's hot

Kucherov has six goals and four assists in his past seven games. ... Rask has lost his past two starts but he has five wins in his past eight with 11 goals allowed in that span.

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