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Golden Knights at Bruins preview

Vegas looking to end two-game losing streak; Beleskey returning to Boston lineup

by Matt Kalman / NHL.com Correspondent

GOLDEN KNIGHTS (8-3-0) at BRUINS (4-3-3)

7 p.m. ET; SN, SN360, TVA Sports, NESN, ATTSN-RM, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The Boston Bruins (0-0-2) and Vegas Golden Knights (0-2-0) each will try to end their two-game losing streaks when they play at TD Garden on Thursday.

Although the Bruins have lost their past two games, they have at least one point in each of their past five games (2-0-3).

The Golden Knights, who have lost consecutive games for the first time, will look to tighten up their defense after allowing six goals in each of their past two games.

 

Players to watch

Golden Knights defenseman Colin Miller, who played for the Bruins 2015-17, has eight points (two goals, six assists) during a six-game point streak.

Bruins center Patrice Bergeron has six points (two goals, four assists) in the past five games.

 

They said it

"I told the guys the other day, it's two losses. I thought we should've won both those hockey games. I really felt we played well enough to win and then in the third period we backed off and we let the other team take it to us. So it's disappointing that we lost because I really believe we should be 10-1 right now. So hopefully the guys will come out and respond to it." -- Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant

"That's what it is, an opportunity. That's what I'm looking for. Been working hard and trying to work with the coaches on the ice after [practice] to get better and get better at things they want me to do." -- Bruins forward Matt Beleskey, who will play after being a healthy scratch the past three games

 

Golden Knights projected lineup

David Perron -- Cody Eakin -- James Neal

Erik Haula -- Oscar Lindberg -- Alex Tuch

Jonathan Marchessault -- William Karlsson -- Reilly Smith

William Carrier -- Pierre-Edouard Bellemare -- Tomas Nosek

Luca Sbisa -- Nate Schmidt

Colin Miller -- Brad Hunt

Deryk Engelland -- Shea Theodore

Maxime Lagace

Dylan Ferguson

Scratched: Jon Merrill , Brandon Leipsic, Brayden McNabb

Injured: Marc-Andre Fleury (concussion), Malcolm Subban (lower body), Clayton Stoner (lower body), Oscar Dansk (lower body)

 

Bruins projected lineup

Brad Marchand -- Patrice Bergeron -- David Pastrnak

Danton Heinen -- Austin Czarnik -- Anders Bjork

Jake DeBrusk -- Riley Nash -- Tim Schaller

Matt Beleskey -- Sean Kuraly -- Jordan Szwarz

Zdeno Chara -- Charlie McAvoy

Torey Krug -- Brandon Carlo

Kevan Miller -- Paul Postma

Tuukka Rask

Zane McIntyre

Scratched: Frank Vatrano

Injured: Anton Khudobin (lower body), David Backes (diverticulitis), Ryan Spooner (groin), Adam McQuaid (leg), Noel Acciari (finger), David Krejci (upper body)

 

Status report

Gallant said he may juggle his lineup after the 6-4 loss at the New York Rangers on Tuesday. ... Czarnik was called up on an emergency basis from Providence of the American Hockey League.

 

Stat pack

The Golden Knights have an NHL-best plus-12 goal differential (17-5) in the second period this season. ... The Bruins have scored at least one power-play goal in six of their 10 games and are No. 4 in the League in power-play efficiency at 28.9 percent.

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