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Bruins Get Healthier Up Front, Back End Still A Huge Concern

April 17, 2017
Greg Boysen

Boston Bruins (1-1)

vs

Ottawa Senators (1-1)

Game 3, Series tied 1-1

7 pm ET

TD Garden – Boston, MA

TV: NESN, CNBC

Radio: 98.5 FM Sports Hub

Series Schedule/Results

Date

Winning Goal

12-Apr

BOS 2 @ OTT 1

Brad Marchand

15-Apr

BOS 3 @ OTT 4 OT

Dion Phaneuf

17-Apr

OTT @ BOS

19-Apr

OTT @ BOS

21-Apr

BOS @ OTT

23-Apr

OTT @ BOS

26-Apr

BOS @ OTT

Playoff Leaders

Bruins

Senators

Goals

Goals

5 tied with 1

5 tied with 1

Assists

Assists

David Pastrnak, 2

D. Phaneuf/E. Karlsson, 2

Points

Points

P. Bergeron/D. Pastrnak, 2

Dion Phaneuf, 3

The TD Garden will host its first Stanley Cup playoff game since 2014, but the Bruins defense may hardly resemble an NHL lineup.

Adam McQuaid did not take part in today’s morning skate and will not play tonight. Collin Miller did take skate today and is considered a game-time decision. However, he skated on the fourth pairing with Matt Grzelcyk, so it does not look promising for Miller. It looks like Tommy Cross will play tonight if Miller is indeed out.

It is not all bad news on the injury front as David Krejci took line rushes on his normal spot on the second line this morning. He is considered to be a game-time decision as well, but it sure looks like he is ready to make his series debut.

Speaking of series debuts, Noel Acciari will be back in the lineup, replacing Matt Belesky on the fourth line. Ryan Spooner and Sean Kuraly alternated rushes at third line center so we will have to wait until pregame warmups to see who gets the call tonight.

Probable Bruins Lineup

Forwards

Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - David Backes

Drew Stafford – David Krejci - David Pastrnak

Tim Schaller - Ryan Spooner - Frank Vatrano

Dominic Moore - Riley Nash – Noel Acciari

Defensive Pairings

Zdeno Chara - Charlie McAvoy

Joe Morrow - Kevan Miller

John-Michael Liles - Tommy Cross

Goaltender

Tuukka Rask (1-1, 2.46 GAA, .911 save %, 0 SO)

Injury Report

RW-Jimmy Hayes (lower-body) out, D-Torey Krug (lower-body) out, D-Brandon Carlo (upper-body) out, D-Adam McQuaid (upper-body) out, D-Colin Miller (lower-body) game-time decision

Probable Senators Lineup

Forwards

Mike Hoffman - Zack Smith – Mark Stone

Ryan Dzingel - Kyle Turris - Alexandre Burrows

Clarke MacArthur - Jean-Gabriel Pageau - Kyle Turris

Viktor Stalberg - Derick Brassard - Bobby Ryan

Defensive Pairings

Marc Methot - Erik Karlsson

Dion Phaneuf - Cody Ceci

Ben Harpur - Chris Wideman

Goaltender

Craig Anderson (1-1, 2.50 GAA, .907 save %, 1 SO)

Injury Report

D-Mark Borowiecki (lower-body) out

Source: lineups via Daily Faceoff
Image Credit: Getty Images

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