The Boston Bruins are back home for Game 5 of the second round tonight against the New York Islanders and it looks like the B’s will make one adjustment to the lineup.
Bruce Cassidy confirmed Karson Kuhlman will draw back into the lineup on the third line’s right wing. Cassidy had been vocal of the lack of production coming from the line. Cassidy said Kuhlman brings high energy and good play away from the puck to help the team win. With Kuhlman in, Jake DeBrusk will be scratched.
There are no changes on the blue line, as Brandon Carlo and Kevan Miller are both unavailable for Game 5. The two defensemen were reportedly skating after this morning’s skate.
Tuukka Rask will likely get the start in net. The Athletic’s Fluto Shinzawa reported that Rask was on ice before the morning skate, taking shots from Kuhlman and Trent Frederic, but didn’t stay on for the actual skate.
Jeremy Swayman and Jaroslav Halak served as the goaltenders during practice. Cassidy didn’t mention any goalie changes for the game. If Swayman was about to make his playoffs debut, there would likely have been a mention. So count on it to be Rask between the pipes.
Here’s how the Bruins are projected to look:
Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - David Pastrnak
Taylor Hall - David Krejci - Craig Smith
Nick Ritchie - Charlie Coyle - Kuhlman
Sean Kuraly - Curtis Lazar - Chris Wagner
Matt Grzelcyk - Charlie McAvoy
Mike Reilly - Jeremy Lauzon
Jarred Tinordi - Connor Clifton
Rask likely gets the start