Boston Bruins

In California for the start of a five-game road trip also featuring stops in Las Vegas and St. Louis, the Bruins are turning to Jaroslav Halak for the strong first step Friday night against the Anaheim Ducks.

“Goaltending is always a key, both guys seem to be seeing the puck well,” Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy said. “I just think everyone is kind of doing their job, getting contributions from everyone, no passengers. I think we’re a good team when everyone just plays. We don’t need a hat trick every night from some guys or a shutout.”

But it helps that the Black and Gold are turning to Halak, you’d think, after the 33-year-old stopped 24-of-25 Anaheim shots thrown his way in a 3-1 win over the Ducks at TD Garden back on Dec. 20.

Overall, Halak has a 9-6-1 record and .903 save percentage in 17 career games against the Ducks. A win on Friday and Halak would have consecutive wins for the first time since he rattled off three straight wins from Dec. 17 to Dec. 22.

Defenseman Matt Grzelcyk (lower-body) practiced with the team on Thursday without any limitations, and is expected to rejoin the Boston lineup tomorrow night in Los Angeles. Karson Kuhlman, recalled from Providence as the team’s extra skater for this five-game road swing, is expected to make his NHL debut tomorrow night against the Kings.

The Bruins enter action riding an eight-game point streak (5-0-3).

The Ducks, meanwhile, have victories in just two of their last 21 games. That slump cost head coach Randy Carlyle his job, leaving general manager Bob Murray to serve as the team’s interim head coach.

Here are the complete expected lines and pairings for the Bruins…

Brad Marchand – Patrice Bergeron – Danton Heinen

Peter Cehlarik – David Krejci – Jake DeBrusk

Sean Kuraly – Noel Acciari – Chris Wagner

Joakim Nordstrom – Trent Frederic – David Backes

Zdeno Chara – Charlie McAvoy

Torey Krug – Brandon Carlo

John Moore – Kevan Miller

Jaroslav Halak