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Anders Bjork, Frank Vatrano back in B's lineup vs. Senators

Ty Anderson
January 25, 2018 - 5:45 pm

There’s a great chance, if not a guarantee, that the Bruins will see their 17-game point streak come to an end sometime during Brad Marchand’s five-game suspension.

And Marchand, who begins the ban tonight when the Bruins visit the Senators, knows it.

"The last thing I want to do is do anything to hurt the team, and that's obviously what I've done here,” Marchand, who said that he agreed with the league’s decision, said earlier today. “It wasn't what I was trying to do. We have a great team, and they're going to battle hard and do everything they can to win the games. I'll be there rooting them on, but I put my team in a disadvantage at the end, and I feel very bad about that."

With Marchand out, and with Noel Acciari out of action due to a lower-body injury, the Bruins will inject two new bodies into their lineup with Anders Bjork and Frank Vatrano.

Bjork, who has recorded two goals and four points in eight games with the P-Bruins, will return to his spot on a line with Patrice Bergeron, though he’ll switch to the left side versus the right side he occupied throughout training camp and the start of the season.

“What we're trying to get out of Anders is [for him to] play a little bit more straight line [game], understanding when he can make plays, when he's got to manage the puck better,” Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy said after the morning skate in Ottawa. “That was the biggest issue for him coming to this level, where the open ice is, how to get there. He's been working on that. We'll see where he's at.”

Tuukka Rask gets the nod in net for the Bruins.

Rask stopped 37-of-39 in a 3-2 win on Tuesday, and enters action with a 15-0-2 record and .941 save percentage since Nov. 29. Rask is 2-0-0 and has stopped all but one of the 51 shots thrown his way by the Senators this season.

This is the third of four meetings between the B's and Senators this season. The Bruins have taken two the first two, and defeated Ottawa by a 5-0 final back on Dec. 30. 

Here are the expected lines and pairings for the Bruins…

Anders Bjork - Patrice Bergeron - David Pastrnak

Jake DeBrusk - David Krejci - Ryan Spooner

Danton Heinen - Riley Nash - David Backes

Tim Schaller - Sean Kuraly - Frank Vatrano

Zdeno Chara - Brandon Carlo

Torey Krug - Adam McQuaid

Matt Grzelcyk - Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask

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