Projected lines, pairings for Bruins vs. Islanders Game 3


The second-round Stanley Cup Playoff series between the Boston Bruins and New York Islanders has shifted to Nassau Coliseum for Game 3 on Thursday night.

The Islanders blew a two-goal lead in the third period of Game 2 but won in overtime when Jeremy Lauzon's ill-advised pass took a bad bounce and allowed Casey Cizikas to skate in on a breakaway and score the winning goal.

The atmosphere at TD Garden during the first two games was awesome as the arena was allowed to be at near-full capacity for the first time all season. Nassau Coliseum will be close to full capacity, too, with up to 12,000 fans able to attend the three games in Long Island this series.

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The B's have actually been pretty good on the road in their last couple playoff runs, including an impressive 8-3 mark away from home during the 2019 playoffs. 

Craig Smith could return for the B's after missing Game 2 with a lower body injury. The veteran forward practiced Wednesday and will take part in Thursday's morning skate. B's head coach Bruce Cassidy said if Smith plays in Game 3, Karson Kuhlman will come out of the lineup. If Smith doesn't play, the B's will use the same lineup as Game 2.

"We anticipate he'll play," Cassidy said of Smith.

Tuukka Rask (Bruins) and Semyon Varlamov (Isles) are expected to be the starting goalies.

Here are the projected lines and pairings for Bruins vs. Islanders Game 3.



Brad Marchand--Patrice Bergeron--David Pastrnak

Taylor Hall--David Krejci--Craig Smith/Jake DeBrusk

Nick Ritchie--Charlie Coyle--Jake DeBrusk/Karson Kuhlman

Sean Kuraly--Curtis Lazar--Chris Wagner


Matt Grzelcyk--Charlie McAvoy

Mike Reilly--Brandon Carlo

Jeremy Lauzon--Connor Clifton


Tuukka Rask (starter), Jeremy Swayman (backup)



Leo Komarov--Matthew Barzal--Jordan Eberle

Anthony Beauvillier--Brock Nelson--Josh Bailey

Kyle Palmieri--John-Gabriel Pageau--Travis Zajac

Matt Martin--Casey Cizikas--Cal Clutterbuck


Adam Pelech--Ryan Pulock

Nick Leddy--Scott Mayfield

Andy Greene--Noah Dobson


Semyon Varlamov (starter), Ilya Sorokin (backup)

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