Bruins-Canadiens playoff dates announced

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Bruins-Canadiens playoff dates announced

TheNHL announced all of their playoff dates and times for the first roundof the Stanley Cup playoffs set to begin Wednesday, and theBruinsCanadiens series will begin at TD Garden on Thursday night --and will also include a pair of "off days" in Montreal where the B'sare likely to fly back to Boston for practice days rather than stickaround in Quebec.

Here are the dates and times for the 33rd meetingbetween the Habs and Bruins in their long rivalrly:

Thursday, April 14Montreal at Boston7 p.m.
Saturday, April 16 Montreal at Boston
7 p.m.Monday, April 18 Boston at Montreal 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 21 Boston at Montreal
7 p.m.
Saturday, April 23 xMontreal at Boston7 p.m.
Tuesday, April 26 xBoston at Montreal TBA Wednesday, April 27
xMontreal at BostonTBA

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Cassidy switches up Bruins lines tonight against Lightning

Cassidy switches up Bruins lines tonight against Lightning

BRIGHTON, Mass. – After his Bruins scored just two goals in each of the past two games with a distinct lack of finish around the net, Bruce Cassidy has made some slight tweaks up front with his wingers. 

Drew Stafford has been bumped up to the left wing with David Krejci and Matt Beleskey has been dropped to a new fourth line with Dominic Moore and Riley Nash.

The hope would be that Krejci and Pastrnak could help get Stafford going after he’s gone scoreless in his past three games, with just two shots on net, and been pretty quiet since a couple of strong games right after the trade.

After a couple of active games for Noel Acciari, the gritty Rhode Island kid was skating on the third line with Frank Vatrano and Ryan Spooner in an interesting combination of players. Tuukka Rask was the first goalie off the ice at Warrior Ice Arena on Thursday morning, so it looks like he’ll be starting his third game in four days tonight against the Tampa Bay Lightning at a time of year when bubble teams can’t afford to rest anybody.  

Here are the projected Bruins line combos and D-pairings based on morning skate:

 
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Stafford-Krejci-Pastrnak

Vatrano-Spooner-Acciari

Beleskey-Moore-Nash

 
Chara-Carlo

Krug-McQuaid

C. Miller-K. Miller

 
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