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Bruins lines vs. Penguins: Haula, Foligno back

The B’s will see two forwards return to the lineup after having missed the last few games to either COVID protocol or injury.

NHL: DEC 08 Bruins at Canucks Photo by Derek Cain/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Boston Bruins are back from their week break as they host the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight and two forwards will return to the lineup.

Erik Haula is back to center the second line after he spent the last two games in COVID protocol. Prior to protocol, Haula’s production took off in January, registering four goals and seven assists in 14 games and mostly recently, two goals in his last three games.

Nick Foligno will also slot into the fourth line’s left-wing. Foligno missed the last four games due to injury. With Foligno’s return, Anton Blidh will be a healthy scratch.

Jeremy Swayman will start in net for his 17th start of the season. He is 4-4-1 on home ice this season.

Connor Clifton rounds out the third defensive pairing with Derek Forbort, as Urho Vaakanainen is sidelined with an upper-body injury.

Here’s how lines and defensive pairings are projected to look:

Lines:

Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Craig Smith

Taylor Hall - Haula - David Pastrnak

Jake DeBrusk - Charlie Coyle - Oskar Steen

Foligno - Tomas Nosek - Curtis Lazar

Defensive pairings:

Matt Grzelcyk - Charlie McAvoy

Mike Reilly - Brandon Carlo

Forbort - Clifton

Swayman gets the start