The Boston Bruins are projected to roll out the same line combos and defensive pairings for tonight’s game against the Washington Capitals.
With Charlie Coyle on the COVID protocols list, the team practiced the same lines yesterday from Wednesday’s game. Jack Studnicka, at least for the time being, will continue to get his chance at playing center on the third line with Coyle out.
On defense, everything also remains the same. Jarred Tinordi was paired with Urho Vaakanainen during Thursday’s practice, but Bruce Cassidy confirmed Tinordi and Connor Clifton will be the third defensive pairing this evening.
Jaroslav Halak will get the start in net.
Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - David Pastrnak
Nick Ritchie - David Krejci - Craig Smith
Trent Frederic - Studnicka - Jake DeBrusk
Anders Bjork - Sean Kuraly - Chris Wagner
Jakub Zboril - Charlie McAvoy
Matt Grzelcyk - Brandon Carlo
Tinordi - Clifton
Halak gets the start
The Capitals are projected to look like this:
Alex Ovechkin — Evgeny Kuznetsov — Conor Sheary
Jakub Vrana — Nicklas Backstrom — Tom Wilson
Richard Panik — Lars Eller — T.J. Oshie
Carl Hagelin — Nic Dowd — Garnet Hathaway
Brenden Dillon — John Carlson
Dmitry Orlov — Justin Schultz
Zdeno Chara — Nick Jensen
Vitek Vanecek is confirmed to start