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LINES: Bruins vs Islanders

Looking at morning skates and practices leading up to tonight’s game, we get a sense of what both teams might put on the ice.

New York Islanders v Boston Bruins Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images


Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - David Pastrnak

Patrice Bergeron took a maintenance day on Friday, but Bruce Cassidy expects him fully to be in the lineup. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

Jake DeBrusk - David Krejci - Anders Bjork

This is a interesting line that rushed together at Friday’s practice, one that combines a lot of skill from Bjork, strength from DeBrusk and overall unifying talent and example from Krejci.

Danton Heinen - Riley Nash - David Backes

Backes continues to be worked into the lineup well, and looks to continue to contribute as well as he has as of late, the same to Riley Nash. Heinen fits in well as someone who has benefited from both of his line mates’ play.

Tim Schaller - Sean Kuraly - Noel Acciari

Both Frank Vatrano and Matt Beleskey practiced on Friday, but with Cassidy saying not just Bergeron, but also Acciari should fully be in the lineup, that seemingly leaves those two on the outside looking in.

Zdeno Chara - Charlie McAvoy

Torey Krug - Brandon Carlo

Matt Grzelcyk - Kevan Miller

Honestly, nothing much to see here change-wise. Again, if it ain’t broke, don't fix it. These top six have worked well lately. Change is bound to come soon with the return of Adam McQuaid, but for now, no surprises.

Tuukka Rask


Anders Lee - John Tavares - Josh Bailey

This is a stacked top line. Gonna take the brunt of minutes from the top Bruins d-pair.

Andrew Ladd - Mathew Barzal - Jordan Eberle

Again, the combination of Barzal and Eberle can’t be overlooked. Barzal has wheels and Eberle has benefited from the multitude of chances Barzal creates.

Brock Nelson - Anthony Beauvillier - Joshua Ho-Sang

This is where things take a turn. Nelson is a good net-front presence, and Ho-Sang continues to fight for his roster spot.

Jason Chimera - Casey Cizikas - Cal Clutterbuck

A gritty, hard hitting fourth line of old.

Nick Leddy - Ryan Pulock

No Johnny Boychuk tonight, but this pair is just as powerful. Leddy knows how to move the puck effectively. Pulock is steady.

Calvin De Haan - Adam Pelech

Another solid pairing. Pelech is without a goal this season, but has 11 assists.

Thomas Hickey - Dennis Seidenberg

Old #44 Seids makes his way into the lineup tonight, it’s nice to see a familiar face.

Jaroslav Halak