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Game 1: Bruins at Senators, Projected Lines

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Recent injuries to both teams may shuffle these lineups, but this is the playoffs. Everybody gets banged up, and these teams have a head start.

NHL: Washington Capitals at Boston Bruins
Big Zee lining up with McAvoy will be a real bridge between present and future.
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Game day, baby. Playoffs. The day Boston Bruins fans have been waiting for since June 2014.

For the opposing Ottawa Senators:

Forwards

Mike Hoffman - Jean-Gabriel Pageau - Mark Stone

Clarke MacArthur - Kyle Turris - Bobby Ryan

Alexandre Burrows - Derick Brassard - Viktor Stalberg

Tom Pyatt - Zack Smith - Tommy Wingels

Questions remain about the health of Stone, Turris, Ryan and Smith; supposedly none are 100%, but we shouldn’t expect anything less than maximum effort from these lines. Ryan Dzingel rotated with the fourth line; opponent blog Silver Seven Sens speculated that he may take Wingels’ spot.

Defense

Marc Methot - Erik Karlsson

Dion Phaneuf - Cody Ceci

Mark Borowiecki - Chris Wideman

Again, injuries to Karlsson, Methot, and Ceci may limit their effectiveness, but let’s not fall into that trap. Methot had to leave practice sessions earlier this week and may not be ready to go for Game 1, what with serious nerve damage in his severed finger; we could see Fredrik Claesson or Ben Harpur draw in on a lower pairing.

Goalies

Craig Anderson

Mike Condon (bench)

And now... YOUURRRR BOSTONNNNNN BRUUUUU-IIINNNNNS!!!!!

Forwards

Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - David Backes

Drew Stafford - David Krejci - David Pastrnak

Frank Vatrano - Ryan Spooner - Matt Beleskey

Tim Schaller - Dominic Moore - Riley Nash

The Elite Rat returns from suspension; Krejci and Moore return to their rightful spots after taking maintenance days. Noel Acciari sits with an injury, but we may yet see him in this series. Jimmy Hayes is also recovering.

Defense

Zdeno Chara - Charlie McAvoy

John-Michael Liles - Adam McQuaid

Kevan Miller - Colin Miller

With the injuries to Brandon Carlo and Torey Krug, we’ll see the NHL debut of McAvoy, though with the changes in D pairings this morning it’s unclear if he’ll skate with Killer or Chara as he lined up with both. It’s more likely that the pairs from the end of practice (above) stick. Other pairings were Chara-McQuaid (shutdown option), Killer-McAvoy (OK, I guess) and Liles-Chiller (benched late in game?).

Goalies

Tuukka Rask

Zane McIntyre (bench)

Enjoy the game!