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Vancouver can extend point streak to seven; Boston seeks fourth straight

by Matt Kalman / Independent Correspondent

CANUCKS (30-18-5) at BRUINS (31-10-12)

7 p.m. ET; NESN, SNP, NHL.TV


The Game

Division leaders will try to extend their point streaks when the Vancouver Canucks visit the Boston Bruins at TD Garden on Tuesday.

The Pacific Division-leading Canucks are 5-0-1 in their past six games following a 4-3 shootout loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday. Vancouver is 14-3-1 in its past 18 games.

The Bruins, who are in first place in the Atlantic Division, have won their past three games and are 7-2-1 in their past 10.

Boston forward Jake DeBrusk will try to extend his goal streak to four games. He has five points (three goals, two assists) during a four-game point streak.


Players to watch

Canucks forward Elias Pettersson has seven points (two goals, five assists) in his past six games.

Bruins forward David Pastrnak has 29 points (12 goals, 17 assists) in his past 20 games and leads the NHL with 38 goals.


They said it

"I think it's something we look forward to. It's something we can easily get up for and it's a playoff-style hockey game and we want to be in the playoffs right with these guys and we want to compete right with them." -- Canucks forward Adam Gaudette on playing the Bruins

"They're a great team. Deep and they're playing some great hockey. So expecting a tough matchup for us. Again, they have a lot of players that play the game the right way and play hard, and also some young players that are really skilled. So you know we have our hands full and we just need to go out there and play our game." -- Bruins center Patrice Bergeron on the Canucks


Canucks projected lineup

J.T. Miller -- Elias Pettersson -- Brock Boeser

Tanner Pearson -- Bo Horvat -- Loui Eriksson

Antoine Roussel -- Adam Gaudette -- Jake Virtanen

Tim Schaller -- Jay Beagle -- Brandon Sutter

Quinn Hughes -- Christopher Tanev

Alexander Edler -- Troy Stecher

Oscar Fantenberg -- Tyler Myers

Jacob Markstrom

Thatcher Demko

Scratched: Zack MacEwen, Justin Bailey, Jordie Benn

Injured: Tyler Motte (upper body), Micheal Ferland (upper body), Josh Leivo (fractured kneecap), Tyler Graovac (lower body)


Bruins projected lineup

Brad Marchand -- Patrice Bergeron -- David Pastrnak

Jake DeBrusk -- David Krejci -- Karson Kuhlman

Sean Kuraly -- Charlie Coyle -- Anders Bjork

Anton Blidh -- Par Lindholm -- Chris Wagner

Zdeno Chara -- Charlie McAvoy

Torey Krug -- Brandon Carlo

Matt Grzelcyk -- Jeremy Lauzon

Tuukka Rask

Jaroslav Halak

Scratched: Danton Heinen, John Moore

Injured: Joakim Nordstrom (medical condition), Connor Clifton (upper body), Kevan Miller (knee)


Status report

The Canucks will use the same 18 skaters who dressed against the Hurricanes. … Kuraly replaces Nordstrom in the lineup for Boston.


Stat pack

Miller has nine points (four goals, five assists) during a six-game point streak. … Hughes has five points (three goals, two assists) during a three-game point streak and leads NHL rookies with 39 points (eight goals, 31 assists). … Rask has not lost at home in regulation this season (10-0-6), the longest such streak to start a season for a Bruins goalie since Gilles Gilbert in 1973-74 (16-0, one tie).

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