Craig Smith had COVID testing issues and was absent from morning skate because of it. If he’s cleared by game time, he will be back on the second line. If not, Jake DeBrusk will sub in.
The third and fourth lines will look how Bruce Cassidy shook them up during Tuesday’s game, with Trent Frederic bumping up and Nick Ritchie sliding down.
Kevan Miller did not practice this morning, but will likely be in the lineup. Expect him paired up with Mike Reilly.
Brandon Carlo was also back in a regular black jersey today and the team is aiming for his return next week in New Jersey.
Tuukka Rask gets the start in net with Jaroslav Halak serving as back-up.
Here is how the lineup is projected to look:
Brad Marchand – Patrice Bergeron – David Pastrnak
Taylor Hall – David Krejci – DeBrusk
Frederic – Sean Kuraly – Charlie Coyle
Ritchie – Curtis Lazar – Chris Wagner
Matt Grzelcyk – Charlie McAvoy
Reilly – Miller
Jeremy Lauzon – Conor Clifton
Rask gets the start
For the Sabres, Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen will start in net.