Wild at Bruins preview

Tuukka Rask will start and look for his 250th NHL victory for the Bruins, who have allowed two or fewer goals in three games during their streak.

Rask has won his past three starts. The 31-year-old is 11-8-2 with a 2.55 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage this season and 249-145-55 in 12 NHL seasons.

Alex Stalock will start for the Wild for the first time since Dec. 6 after Devan Dubnyk made 32 saves in a 1-0 win at the Montreal Canadiens on Monday. Minnesota will look to extend its winning streak to four games and its road winning streak to five games.

 

Players to watch

Wild forward Zach Parise has nine points (four goals, five assists) in his past six games.

Bruins forward David Pastrnak has five points (two goals, three assists) in his past four games.

 

They said it

“I hope they think that if we’ve got a lead in the third they can shut it down. I mean, that’s what confidence does for you. It’s always different every game but that’s what we’ve had to do for three straight games so hopefully it can continue one more time.” — Wild coach Bruce Boudreau

“It takes time, we’re still working through it like a lot of teams. So no, we’re not satisfied with where our play is. But the object is to win and we’ve been able to do that.” — Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy on Boston’s four-game winning streak

 

Wild projected lineup

Jordan GreenwayEric StaalMikael Granlund

Zach Parise — Charlie CoyleLuke Kunin

Jason ZuckerMikko KoivuNino Niederreiter

Marcus FolignoJoel Eriksson EkJ.T. Brown

Ryan SuterJared Spurgeon

Jonas BrodinGreg Pateryn

Nick SeelerNate Prosser

Alex Stalock

Devan Dubnyk

Scratched: Matt Hendricks

Injured: Matt Dumba (ruptured pectoralis muscle), Eric Fehr (undisclosed)

 

Bruins projected lineup

Brad MarchandPatrice Bergeron — David Pastrnak

Jake DeBruskDavid KrejciDavid Backes

Sean KuralyNoel AcciariChris Wagner

Ryan DonatoJakob Forsbacka KarlssonDanton Heinen

Zdeno CharaBrandon Carlo

Torey KrugJohn Moore

Matt GrzelcykKevan Miller

Tuukka Rask

Jaroslav Halak

Scratched: Colby Cave, Steven Kampfer

Injured: Charlie McAvoy (lower body), Joakim Nordstrom (fractured fibula)

 

Status report

The Wild did not have a morning skate; the Bruins had an optional skate. … Fehr was injured in the first period in Montreal and did not return to the game. There was no update on his status.

 

Stat pack

Koivu is one goal form 200 in his NHL career. … Spurgeon has five points (three goals, two assists) in his past three games. … Marchand has 20 points (eight goals, 12 assists) in his past 13 games.

Article source: https://www.nhl.com/news/minnesota-wild-boston-bruins-game-preview/c-303679928

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