Up against a speedy and skillful Maple Leafs squad on Monday night, Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy will turn back to Anders Bjork after having sat the 22-year-old in back-to-back games.
For Bjork, the return to the lineup will need to come with a shift back towards the little things that make him successful.
“I need to play with speed, bring some energy and also an attack mindset,” Bjork, who’s totaled one goal and three points in 19 appearances this year, said after Monday’s morning skate. “I’ve got to get to the net more, whether that be off the rush taking pucks to the net or funneling off the cycle or having good net presence for point shots and being there for rebounds.”
Bjork will slide into the left wing of Boston’s third line with Joakim Nordstrom at center and Noel Acciari on the right side.
With Bjork in the mix, Sean Kuraly will take a seat as a healthy scratch for the first time this season. Kuraly, who has just one point and six shots on goal in his last five games, was one of just five Boston skaters to have played in all 23 games this year.
Jaroslav Halak gets the call in net.
The 33-year-old stopped 36-of-37 in a 2-1 overtime win over the Penguins last Friday, and stopped 40-of-41 in a 5-1 win over the Maple Leafs back on Nov. 10. Overall, Halak is 8-2-2 with a .939 save percentage (second-best in the NHL).
Here are the complete lines and pairings for the Bruins…
Brad Marchand – Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson – David Pastrnak
Danton Heinen – David Krejci – Jake DeBrusk
Anders Bjork – Joakim Nordstrom – Noel Acciari
Chris Wagner – Colby Cave – David Backes
John Moore – Kevan Miller
Torey Krug – Connor Clifton
Jeremy Lauzon – Matt Grzelcyk