Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy hinted Monday that even if forward Noel Acciari was cleared to go for Game 3 Tuesday night (8 PM ET, NBCSN) at Carolina, he might not change the lineup due to how well his team has been playing. The Bruins are coming off a 6-2 win in Game 2 Sunday and have now won five straight games, and Cassidy confirmed Tuesday morning that Acciari is healthy, but he will remain out of the lineup for what he termed “coach’s decision.” Here’s what the Bruins will look like when they take the ice at PNC Arena in Raleigh tonight for Game 3.
Marchand – Bergeron – Pastrnak
DeBrusk – Krejci – Backes
Johansson – Coyle – Heinen
Nordstrom – Kuraly – Wagner
Chara – McAvoy
Krug – Carlo
Grzelcyk – Clifton
As for the Hurricanes, after goalie Peter Mrazek was lit up for 11 goals in Games 1 and 2, everyone has been wondering on who would get the nod between the pipes for the Canes in Game 3. On Tuesday morning, head coach Rod Brind’Amour decided he’d play a little cat and mouse with the media and of course his opponent, the Bruins. When asked if he would make a switch to Curtis McElhinney he promptly replied:
“Yep. … I can’t be the guy that does that, right? I know who we’re starting, but I guess you’ll have to wait and see. Sorry.”
Brind’Amour did say that forwards Jordan Martinook and Saku Maenalanen will be a game-time decisions.
Here’s what the lineup in front of whoever starts could look like for the Canes in Game 3: