The Bruins are coming off a 4-3 home loss to Toronto. Things will not get easier after tonight. The Bruins play the Blackhawks in Chicago on Sunday. They need results against the Stars, who are six points out of a playoff spot.
Puck drop: 8:30 p.m. ET
TV/radio info: NESN (Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley, Jamie Erdahl), 98.5 The Sports Hub (Dave Goucher, Bob Beers)
Records: Bruins 29-15-2, Stars 21-18-7
Projected Bruins lineup:
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Reilly Smith
Carl Soderberg-Ryan Spooner-Loui Eriksson
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Matt Bartkowski-Adam McQuaid
Torey Krug-Kevan Miller
Healthy scratch: Jordan Caron
Storylines: This will be the first game in Dallas for ex-Stars Reilly Smith and Loui Eriksson. Smith, initially projected to be the third-line right wing, has replaced Eriksson on the second line. Smith is the team’s second-leading scorer (33 points) after David Krejci (36). Tonight will be Eriksson’s third game back following his second concussion of the year… Chris Kelly (leg) and Dougie Hamilton (concussion) will not play tonight. Neither will play against Chicago on Sunday either… Assuming Tuukka Rask and Kari Lehtonen start tonight, it will be a showdown of two of Finland’s Olympic goalies. Antti Niemi of the Sharks is the third. Rask was in the lead for the No. 1 job, but his recent slide may have given Lehtonen and Niemi some late life… Steve Kozari and Mark Lemelin will be the referees. Brian Murphy and Pierre Racicot will be the linesmen.