Karson Kuhlman in, Chris Wagner out for Game 3 vs. Blue Jackets

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Bruins will opt for a little more speed and a little less physicality in Game 3 at Nationwide Arena as rookie Karson Kuhlman is drawing into the lineup, and Chris Wagner will hit the press box as a healthy scratch. It remains to be seen where David Pastrnak is going to slot into the B’s lineup for Tuesday night’s game vs. Columbus, but it’s a good bet that Kuhlman will be skating with David Krejci and Jake DeBrusk.

Clearly the Bruins will be looking for more production out of their top wingers, with just one point (a Pastrnak goal in Game 2) out of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and Pastrnak through the first two games of the playoff series. But they also seem to be looking for a little more finish among their forwards given Kuhlman’s presence, and a possible Pastrnak move to the third line with Charlie Coyle and Marcus Johansson.

“I think we just need to keep doing the same things we’ve done all year. We could have easily had four or five goals in that first game on the power play,” said Brad Marchand. “We’re not looking too much into it. We’re not concerned about it. We’re just going to keep playing and hope it goes in.”

Here are the Bruins projected line combos and D-pairings for Game 3 vs. the Columbus Blue Jackets after an optional practice for Boston on Tuesday morning:

 

Marchand-Bergeron-Heinen

DeBrusk-Krejci-Kuhlman

Johansson-Coyle-Pastrnak

Nordstrom-Kuraly-Acciari

 

Chara-McAvoy

Krug-Carlo

Grzelcyk-Clifton

 

Rask  

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