We’ll find out in about 15 minutes, but early indications are that David Pastrnak won’t play today. It appears that the other main change up front is the removal of Nick Ritchie from the lineup.
Ritchie has been ineffective during the playoffs, not great for a guy who was brought in specifically for playoff hockey.
With Pastrnak and Ritchie out, it appears that youngster Jack Studnicka will draw back in, along with Par Lindholm.
Keep in mind that these could change based on Pastrnak’s last-minute availability.
Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Anders Bjork
Jake DeBrusk - David Krejci - Ondrej Kase
Sean Kuraly - Charlie Coyle - Jack Studnicka
Joakim Nordstrom - Par Lindholm - Chris Wagner
On defense, it’s not immediately clear what changes will be made, but the speculation is that Connor Clifton will replace Jeremy Lauzon.
If that’s the case, put these bottom four in a blender.
Zdeno Chara - Charlie McAvoy
Torey Krug - Brandon Carlo
Matt Grzelcyk - Connor Clifton
As you all know by now, Jaroslav Halak will start in net.