Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 12/14/13
Bruins forward Reilly Smith is battling the flu right now. The rest of the Bruins roster is probably telling the winger to join the club. Smith is just the latest Bruin to come down with the flu bug that has been making its way through the Boston locker room. The ailment was bad enough to keep Smith off the ice at morning skate on Saturday in Vancouver, but Smith will be in the lineup against the Canucks. The sad reality for the Bruins, though, is that he really doesn’t have a choice. The Bruins remain depleted by injury and suspension and don’t have any extra players at the moment. So they’ll go with Smith and probably a host of others who are still battling at least remnants of the flu bug and hope for the best against Vancouver. It’s the first meeting for the two teams since Jan. 7, 2012 and just the second meeting between the two clubs since the Bruins beat the Canucks for the 2011 Stanley Cup. Roster turnover and injuries will make the lineups look a little different than they did on June 15, 2011, when the Bruins won the Stanley Cup during their last trip to Vancouver. The Canucks on Saturday will feature eight players who played in that Game 7, while 10 Bruins from that Cup-winning team are expected to suit up. Roberto Luongo will make his second start in as many nights for the Canucks, and Tuukka Rask is expected to go for the Bruins. Here are the projected lines for both clubs. Bruins (22-8-2, 46 points) Milan Lucic — David Krejci — Jarome Iginla Brad Marchand — Patrice Bergeron — Reilly Smith Carl Soderberg — Ryan Spooner — Matt Fraser Jordan Caron — Gregory Campbell — Nick Johnson Zdeno Chara — Johnny Boychuk Dennis Seidenberg — Torey Krug Matt Barktowski — Kevan Miller Canucks (19-10-5, 43 points) Daniel Sedin — Henrik Sedin — Jannik Hansen Chris Higgins — Ryan Kesler — Mike Santorelli David Booth — Brad Richardson — Zack Kassian Tom Sestito — Zac Dalpe — Dale Weise Dan Hamhuis — Chris Tanev Ryan Stanton — Kevin Bieksa Andrew Alberts — Jason GarrisonFiled under: Berkshire Bank Exciting Rewind, Boston Bruins, Headlines, Mike Cole

This article first appeared on NESN.com and was syndicated with permission.

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