David Backes and Matt Grzelcyk will remain out for the Boston Bruins for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final against the St. Louis Blues at Enterprise Center on Sunday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS).
Backes, the former Blues captain, will be a healthy scratch for the second straight game. Grzelyck remains in the concussion protocol and has yet to be cleared medically to play.
The Bruins trail 3-2 and need a win to force Game 7 at Boston on Wednesday and prevent the Blues from winning the Stanley Cup for the first time.
After dressing seven defenseman and 11 forwards in a 2-1 loss in Game 5 on Thursday, the Bruins will go back to six defenseman and 12 forwards, but coach Bruce Cassidy decided to play rookie forward Karson Kuhlman instead of Backes.
Kuhlman, who has two assists in six Stanley Cup Playoff games, has been a healthy scratch for 12 straight games since last playing in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Second Round against the Columbus Blue Jackets.