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Bruins vs. Panthers Game 6 lineup: Projected lines, pairings, goalies

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Bruins vs. Panthers Game 6 lineup: Projected lines, pairings, goalies

Bruins vs. Panthers Game 6 lineup: Projected lines, matchups, goaltenders originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

The Boston Bruins avoided elimination with a 2-1 victory over the Florida Panthers as a visitor in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference second-round series. Can they Do it again at home Friday night in Game 6.?

Home ice has been anything but an advantage for the Bruins in recent playoffs. They have won just three of their last 10 playoff games at TD Garden, including a five-game losing streak to the Panthers dating back to last year’s first-round series.

The main story for the Bruins entering Game 6 is the status of captain Brad Marchand. He practiced on Thursday and participated in drills. Bruins head coach Jim Montgomery said after Friday morning’s skate that Marchand It’s a “game-time decision.”

UPDATE (12:20 p.m. ET): In an interview with 7 News’ Steve Cooper on Friday morningMarchand’s mother suggested that Marchand hopes to play in Game 6.

marching He hasn’t played since the second half of the third game.. She suffered an upper body injury after receiving a blow to the head. over a controversial play by Panthers center Sam Bennett in the first half of that game. Bennett was not disciplined, fined or suspended for the hit.

Bruins goaltender Jeremy Swayman is expected to start his 11th straight game, which would extend his career high. He played fantastic in Game 5, making 28 saves on 29 shots, including a season-saving stop in the final seconds of the third period. He leads all playoff goaltenders with a .933 save percentage.

No major roster changes are expected for the Panthers.

Here are the projected lineups for Bruins-Panthers Game 6.

Boston Bruins (2-3)

Forward

If Marchand plays…

Jake DeBrusk – Morgan Geekie – David Pastrnak

Brad Marchand–Charlie Coyle–Trent Frederic

Danton Heinen–Pavel Zacha–Justin Brazeau

James van Riemsdyk – John Beecher – Pat Maroon

If Marchand doesn’t play…

Jake DeBrusk – Morgan Geekie – David Pastrnak

James van Riemsdyk–Pavel Zacha–Justin Brazeau

Danton Heinen–Charlie Coyle–Trent Frederic

Jakub Lauko–John Beecher–Pat Maroon

Defenses

Hampus Lindholm as Charlie McAvoy

Mason Lohrei as Brandon Carlo

Parker Wotherspoon as Andrew Peeke

Goalie

Jeremy Swayman

Florida Panthers (3-2)

Forward

Vladimir Tarasenko–Aleksander Barkov–Sam Reinhart

Carter Verhaeghe–Sam Bennett–Matthew Tkachuk

Eetu Luostarinen–Anton Lundell–Evan Rodrigues

Steven Lorentz as Kevin Stenlund and Kyle Okposo

Defenses

Gustav Forsling – Aaron Ekblad

Niko Mikkola as Brandon Montour

Oliver Ekman-Larsson–Dmitry Kulikov

Goalie

Sergei Bobrovsky

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