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Projected Bruins lines vs. Islanders: Kuhlman in, DeBrusk out for Game 5

The third line gets adjusted for tonight’s game against the Islanders.

New York Islanders v Boston Bruins - Game Two Photo by Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images

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

Defensive pairings:

Matt Grzelcyk - Charlie McAvoy

Mike Reilly - Jeremy Lauzon

Jarred Tinordi - Connor Clifton

Rask likely gets the start