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Game 70: Bruins at Avalanche

Posted by Matt Pepin, BostonGlobe.com Staff  March 21, 2014 04:36 PM

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DENVER Welcome to the Pepsi Center, where the Bruins will take on the Avs tonight in the first game of a back-to-back against Western Conference opponents. The Bruins head to Phoenix to play the Coyotoes Saturday to conclude their three-game road trip.

The big question for the Bruins tonight is whether they will be the first team in the NHL to clinch a spot in the playoffs. They can clinch if they beat the Avalanche tonight, or if they get one point against Colorado and the Rangers lose to the Blue Jackets in regulation.

Boston, of course, also comes into this game looking to extend its 10-game winning streak.

Game time: 9 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN/98.5 The Sports Hub

Records: Bruins 47-17-5, Avalanche 44-20-6

Projected lineups:

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

Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Matt Bartkowski-Johnny Boychuk
Torey Krug-Kevan Miller

Chad Johnson
Tuukka Rask

Notes: Johnny Boychuk will take part in warmups before the game tonight, and will be a game-time decision for coach Claude Julien. ... The Avalanche boast teenage phenom Nathan MacKinnon, who has played in all 70 games for the Avs and has 23 goals and 31 assists for 54 points. ... The Bruins' last streak of at least 11 consecutive wins came on a 13-game stretch in 1970-1971. ... The Bruins are still on a streak of getting at least a point in each of their last 12 road games, at 9-0-3, their longest such streak since 1975-1976. ... The referees are Francis Charron and Dave Jackson. The linesmen are Scott Driscoll and Derek Nansen.

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