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Boston University vs. Boston College: Pregame Notes and Line Combinations

Pregame notes and line combinations from Kelley Rink as Boston College and Boston University meet for the 266th time on Friday night. This season's first installment of the Battle of Commonwealth Avenue can be seen nationally on NBC Sports Network at 8 p.m.

Matt Grzelcyk and the Terriers head down Commonwealth Ave. to face the Eagles at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports Network.
Matt Grzelcyk and the Terriers head down Commonwealth Ave. to face the Eagles at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports Network.
Matt Dewkett

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -- The Battle of Commonwealth Avenue is back. Boston College and Boston University renew Beantown's historic rivalry for the first time in 2014-15 on this Friday evening at Kelley Rink.

Puck drop for tonight's 266th meeting between the teams is set for 8 p.m. NBC Sports Network is on the Heights to televise the game to a national audience with Dave Goucher and Ken Hodge on the call.

BU holds a slight 129-119-17 edge in the all-time series, but lost each of the three head-to-head contests last season and six of the last nine. The Eagles won 5-1 on the road on Nov. 8, 2013, 6-4 here in Chestnut Hill on Jan. 17 and 3-1 in the Beanpot semifinal Feb. 3 at TD Garden. This is the first time since the 2012 Beanpot final that both BC and BU are meeting as top-five teams in the nation.

This season's clashes have added meaning, however, with top 2015 NHL Draft prospects Jack Eichel and Noah Hanifin going head-to-head. Agganis Arena will host the second meeting on Jan. 16, 2015.

The Eagles dropped a 1-0 decision at UConn on Wednesday night in the first-ever meeting between the teams. Sophomore Thatcher Demko made 21 saves in the contest, but BC's national-best streak of 106 consecutive games without being shutout came to an end.

BU got off to its best start since 2001 at 4-0-0, but was a 2-1 home loser to Providence last Saturday. Eichel has scored a point in each of his first five collegiate games, including a goal and an assist in a dominant 4-1 win at Schneider Arena on Friday. The Terrier defense has allowed just 1.20 goals per-game, second in the nation to Northern Michigan.

Here are tonight's lines:

TERRIERS (4-1-0, 2-1-0 Hockey East)

Ahti Oksanen - Jack Eichel - Danny O'Regan
Evan Rodrigues - Robbie Baillargeon - Cason Hohmann
Nikolas Olsson - Matt Lane - Nick Roberto
A.J. Greer - Mike Moran - Chase Phelps

Matt Grzelcyk - John MacLeod
Brandon Fortunato - Brandon Hickey
Doyle Somerby - Brien Diffley

Matt O'Connor
Connor LaCouvee
Anthony Moccia

EAGLES (4-2-0, 1-1-0 Hockey East)

Zach Sanford - Ryan Fitzgerald - Alex Tuch
Quinn Smith - Austin Cangelosi - Brendan Silk
Destry Straight - Adam Gilmour - Chris Calnan
Cam Spiro - Michael Sit - Danny Linell

Ian McCoshen - Noah Hanifin
Scott Savage - Michael Matheson
Travis Jeke - Teddy Doherty

Thatcher Demko
Brad Barone