NHL playoffs: Projected lines, pairings for Bruins-Islanders Game 2

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Projected lines, pairings for Bruins vs. Islanders Game 2 originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

The Boston Bruins will be without one of their top-six forwards in Game 2 of their second-round Stanley Cup Playoff series against the New York Islanders on Monday night. 

Second-line right winger Craig Smith will not play, B's head coach Bruce Cassidy confirmed after the morning skate. Smith left Game 1 in the second period because of a lower body injury. He's considered day to day, per Cassidy.

Islanders badly in need of Game 2 adjustments vs. B's top-six forwards

The expectation is DeBrusk will replace Smith at right wing next to David Krejci and Taylor Hall on the second line. That's where DeBrusk was slotted during the morning skate. DeBrusk also played up there in Game 1 after Smith departed, and the results for the entire trio weren't great at 5-on-5. The sample size was only 3:31, though, so pretty small.

No other lineup changes are expected for the Bruins.

Islanders head coach Barry Trotz wouldn't give an exact answer on which goalie will start Monday night at TD Garden, but it would be fairly surprising if Ilya Sorokin didn't get another shot.

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Sorokin wasn't great in the series opener but he wasn't awful, either. He faced a ton of shots and was screened on at least one of the B's first four goals. His rebound control must improve, though.

It also doesn't sound like Islanders forward Oliver Wahlstrom will enter the lineup. 

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Here are the projected lines and pairings for Bruins vs. Islanders Game 2.

BOSTON BRUINS

FORWARDS

Brad Marchand--Patrice Bergeron--David Pastrnak

Taylor Hall--David Krejci--Jake DeBrusk

Nick Ritchie--Charlie Coyle--Karson Kuhlman

Sean Kuraly--Curtis Lazar--Chris Wagner

DEFENSEMEN

Matt Grzelcyk--Charlie McAvoy

Mike Reilly--Brandon Carlo

Jeremy Lauzon--Connor Clifton

GOALIES

Tuukka Rask (starter), Jeremy Swayman (backup)

NEW YORK ISLANDERS

FORWARDS

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

DEFENSEMEN

Adam Pelech--Ryan Pulock

Nick Leddy--Scott Mayfield

Andy Greene--Noah Dobson

GOALIES

Ilya Sorokin (starter), Semyon Varlamov (backup)