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Game 9 preview: Sharks at Bruins

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  October 24, 2013 10:31 AM

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Good morning from TD Garden, where the Bruins will host the Sharks, the only team in the NHL without a regulation loss.

The Bruins could be without Loui Eriksson. The No. 2 right wing suffered a suspected head injury last night in Buffalo. John Scott took out Eriksson with a blindside hit to the head. Eriksson needed help skating to the dressing room. The NHL has offered Scott an in-person disciplinary hearing, which means the Buffalo enforcer is eligible for more than a five-game suspension.

Eriksson remained in Buffalo overnight. Eriksson was scheduled to fly to Boston Thursday.

Puck drop: 7 p.m.

TV/radio info: NESN (Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley, Jamie Erdahl), 98.5 The Sports Hub (Dave Goucher, Bob Beers)

Records: Sharks 8-0-1, Bruins 6-2-0

Projected Bruins lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Reilly Smith
Carl Soderberg-Chris Kelly-Jordan Caron
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Dougie Hamilton
Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Chad Johnson

Healthy scratch: Matt Bartkowski

Storylines: Assuming Eriksson is out, Brad Marchand should be elevated to the No. 2 line. Marchand had been skating on the third line. Jordan Caron, a healthy scratch for the two previous games, should replace Marchand on the No. 3 line… The Sharks have outscored their opponents, 39-15… Dougie Hamilton is projected to square off against older brother Freddie Hamilton tonight. The elder Hamilton was recalled from Worcester earlier this week. Freddie Hamilton made his NHL debut against Detroit on Monday… San Jose forward Brent Burns is not expected to play. Burns has a facial injury that sidelined him against Detroit as well… Mike Brown could make his San Jose debut. The Sharks acquired the tough guy from Edmonton this week… Mike Hasenfratz and Ian Walsh will be the referees. Scott Driscoll and Derek Nansen will be the linesmen.

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