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    Game Day Preview: Bruins at Stars

    Tim Rosenthal March 23, 2018

    Their first — and most important — regular season task has been checked off the list. Now, the Boston Bruins are just trying to stay healthy.

    The Bruins won’t have any reinforcements coming their way for Friday’s matchup with Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn and the desperate Dallas Stars, who return home after going 0-4-2 on their recent six-game road trip. The B’s appear closer to having Patrice Bergeron at their disposal again as the four-time Selke will seek clearance today from team doctors for his foot injury. Bergeron could join the team in Minnesota Sunday night if things go according to plan.

    Bergeron, Zdeno Chara (upper-body), Charlie McAvoy (sprained MCL), David Backes (knee laceration), Rick Nash (upper-body) and Jake DeBrusk (upper-body) are all out again for Friday’s matchup, while Torey Krug (upper-body) is a game-time decision.

    Results wise, things haven’t been going as well for the Black and Gold as they’ve dropped two straight in overtime against teams fighting for playoff positioning in the Blue Jackets and Blues. The Stars, like the Blues, are on the outside looking in of a playoff berth as they sit four points behind the Avalanche and Ducks in the Western Conference wild-card race.

    They may have two games in hand on the Lightning and Maple Leafs, but the Bruins are trending toward keeping their second place spot in the Atlantic Division. Clinching home ice for the first round is their next priority but getting back to full health is more important in the long run. The Bruins can get one step closer toward sustaining home ice with a win over the Stars, but getting out of ‘Big D’ with full health is a bigger key for Bruce Cassidy and company.

    Gametime: 8:30 p.m.
    TV/Radio: NESN/98.5 The Sports Hub
    Records: Bruins 45-17-10 (100 points), Stars 38-28-8 (84 points)
    Location: American Airlines Center

    Bruins projected lines

    Brad Marchand-Riley Nash-David Pastrnak
    Ryan Donato-David Krejci-Danton Heinen
    Tim Schaller-Sean Kuraly-Noel Acciari
    Tommy Wingels-Jordan Szwarz-Brian Gionta

    Nick Holden-Brandon Carlo
    Matt Grzelcyk-Kevan Miller
    Paul Postma-Adam McQuaid

    Tuukka Rask
    Anton Khudobin

    Stars projected lines

    Jamie Benn-Tyler Seguin-Brett Ritchie
    Mattias Janmark-Radek Faska-Alex Radulov
    Antoine Roussel-Devin Shore-Tyler Pitlick
    Remi Elie-Jason Dickinson-Curtis McKenzie

    Esa Lindell-John Klinkberg
    Dan Hamhuis-Greg Pateryn
    Marc Methot-Stephen Johns

    Kari Lehtonen
    Mike McKenna

    Bruins-Stars storylines

    – Tuukka Rask may not be playing his best hockey during the last month, but the injury-plagued Bruins are finding ways to win during his off nights. The 2014 Vezina winner has given up at least four goals in six of his last ten starts but has a 7-2-1 mark in that span. Working with a patchwork defense hasn’t been easy for Rask, but perhaps he’ll be motivated by Anton Khudobin’s outing in St. Louis, which was highlighted his diving playoff-clinching save on Dmitrij Jaskin with 1.5 ticks left in regulation. His doubters might be stretching the anti-Rask narrative, but getting the Rask task back on track will be another key development before the playoffs.

    – Unlike his counterpart, Kari Lehtonen hasn’t gotten the same offensive production from the slumping Stars. Lehtonen has had to carry the load between the pipes as Ben Bishop nurses a lower-body injury, and the Stars haven’t been able to help their goalie out as they’ve only scored 26 goals while giving up 37 in 11 games this month. Lehtonen meanwhile has allowed 16 goals in the last four games. They may be chomping at the bit to snap their six-game skid against the injury-plagued Bruins, but the Stars need a well-rounded performance to realistically stay in the playoff discussion out west.

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    Tim Rosenthal

    Tim Rosenthal serves as the Managing Editor of Bruins Daily. He started contributing videos to the site in 2010 before fully coming on board during the Bruins' Stanley Cup run in 2011. His bylines over the last decade have been featured on Boston.com, FoxSports.com, College Hockey News, Patch and Inside Hockey. You can follow Tim on Twitter @_TimRosenthal.


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