Game Day Preview: Bruins vs. Wild
Just another day in the office for the Boston Bruins.
Another day that involves an injury – this time to Brad Marchand, who will miss tonight’s game against the Wild with an upper-body injury that he suffered against the Capitals after a hit from John Carlson late in the first period. Visibly upset by smashing his stick in disgust, Marchand finished the game but was not on the ice for Monday’s morning skate.
Another day that involved a call-up from Providence – this time defenseman Rob O’Gara. The former Yale standout will make his second appearance of the season tonight as he pairs with Kevan Miller. Paul Postma will be the healthy scratch.
And it’s another day where Bruce Cassidy has to move guys around. Anders Bjork will take Marchand’s spot on the top line with Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak. Frank Vatrano will return to the lineup after a two-game absence (healthy scratch).
Even with Anton Khudobin returning to practice to backup Tuukka Rask, Noel Acciari wearing a red non-contact jersey and Ryan Spooner skating before the team’s on-ice session, the Bruins are still taking a couple of steps back on the injury. In addition to Marchand, David Krejci will miss tonight’s game as well as the rest of the week and will be re-evaluated prior to the Bruins’ trip to California next week.
Once again, the Bruins are staring adversity in the face during a busy portion of their schedule. Given the injuries and a bumpy ride in the youth movement, the Black and Gold can’t afford to have many passengers. They’ll need a solid effort all throughout the lineup against a Wild squad that is searching for a little more consistency.
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Gametime: 7:00 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN/98.5 The Sports Hub
Records: Bruins 5-4-3 (13 points), Wild 5-5-2 (12 points)
Location: TD Garden
Bruins projected lines
Anders Bjork-Patrice Bergeron-David Pastrnak
Jake DeBrusk-Jordan Szwarz-Frank Vatrano
Matt Beleskey-Riley Nash-Austin Czarnik
Tim Schaller-Sean Kuraly-Danton Heinen
Zdeno Chara-Charlie McAvoy
Torey Krug-Brandon Carlo
Rob O’Gara-Kevan Miller
Wild projected lines
Jason Zucker-Mikko Koivu-Mikael Granlund
Nino Niederreiter-Eric Staal-Luke Kunin
Marcus Foligno-Joel Eriksson Ek-Chris Stewart
Daniel Winnik-Matt Cullen-Tyler Ennis
Ryan Suter-Jared Spurgeon
Jonas Brodin-Mathew Dumba
Kyle Quincey-Mike Reilly
– Just how bad is the Bruins injury situation? Entering tonight’s game, the Bruins have lost 50 man games due to injury. With Krejci, Marchand, Acciari, Spooner, David Backes and Adam McQuaid out tonight, that number will increase. At this rate, the Bruins may hit triple digits in the man games lost department by the time the holiday season arrives officially – if not sooner.
– Given the recent history between the Bruins and Wild, the last thing that Cassidy and company need was to lose a player like Marchand. The Bruins were swept in last year’s two-game series and failed to get a single puck past Devan Dubnyk. Ironically enough, Dubnyk’s two wins were the only two of his career against the Black and Gold so far – to go along with a 3.42 goals against average and .900 save percentage. One way or another, history will repeat itself either for the injury-plagued Bruins against Dubnyk or the Wild versus the Black and Gold tonight.
– In addition to the injury news, the Bruins announced that they have mutually parted ways with Ryan White from his PTO. Whether White finds another home to continue his NHL career or not remains to be seen – especially with the game trending towards more speed and skill instead of grit and physicality – but Cassidy praised the veteran for his professionalism during his extended tryout with the Black and Gold. There still may be room for White somewhere, but the list of teams needing a bottom six bruiser are few and far between.