With Erik Haula still in COVID protocol, the Bruins centers have been shuffled - but at least two lines are unaffected.
Craig Smith moved back to the top line and Charlie Coyle slid down to center the third line during today’s pre-game skate, returning those lines back to the pre-Sunday look.
Tomas Nosek will now center the second line. Steven Fogarty also draws back into the lineup and will shift down to the fourth line’s center.
On defense, Matt Grzelcyk and Charlie McAvoy are back together on the top pairing. Urho Vaakanainen will slide down to round out the third paring with Derek Forbort.
Linus Ullmark also gets his fourth consecutive start in net. Jeremy Swayman will serve as his back-up. Tuukka Rask did not skate today, as Bruce Cassidy said he’s likely feeling “lingering effects from the surgery.”
Here’s how lines and defensive pairings are projected to look:
Brad Marchand – Patrice Bergeron – Smith
Taylor Hall – Nosek – David Pastrnak
Jake DeBrusk – Coyle – Oskar Steen
Anton Blidh – Fogarty – Curtis Lazar
Grzelcyk – McAvoy
Mike Reilly – Brandon Carlo
Forbort – Vaakanainen
Ullmark gets the start