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Bruins at Ducks: Projected Lines

With Matt Beleskey’s production at a low point, can he get a spark playing against his former team?

NHL: Anaheim Ducks at Boston Bruins
One of these things is not like the other. One of these things is SUSPENDED!
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Per the Ducks’ game last night against Arizona, here’s the projected lineup for Anaheim.

Forwards

Andrew Cogliano - Ryan Kesler - Jakob Silfverberg

Nick Ritchie - Ryan Getzlaf - Ondrej Kase

Joseph Cramarossa - Rickard Rakell - Corey Perry

Logan Shaw - Nate Thompson - Jared Boll

Defense

Cam Fowler - Sami Vatanen

Hampus Lindholm - Josh Manson

Korbinian Holzer/Brandon Montour - Kevin Bieksa

Goalies

Jonathan Bernier

John Gibson

Bernier was pulled last night after allowing three goals on six shots in the first period against Arizona, though mercifully (for him) he was allowed to finish the period. We should expect him to start again since Gibson unexpectedly played most of the game.

The Boston lineup:

Forwards

Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - David Backes

Peter Cehlarik - David Krejci - David Pastrnak

Jimmy Hayes - Ryan Spooner - Frank Vatrano

Tim Schaller - Dominic Moore - Riley Nash

No word yet, but if Matt Beleskey slots back in, he likely assumes a wing spot on the fourth line. Spooner and Hayes have, in limited looks, played somewhat well together, so Cassidy may not want to mess with a ‘meh’ thing. If Matt takes Hayes’ spot, expect Large Jim out. There’s speculation that Beleskey’s knee injury from earlier in the season may be nagging him and affecting his play, so it’s quite possible he continues to sit.

UPDATE: Beleskey in, Schaller out.

Defense

Zdeno Chara - Brandon Carlo

Torey Krug - Adam McQuaid

Colin Miller - Kevan Miller

Goalie

Tuukka Rask

Anton Khudobin

It’s likely Tuukka’s start tonight, since LA has been a midlevel team all season thanks largely to the heroics of Peter Budaj. Expect Dobby to go tomorrow night.