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    Jake DeBrusk in as Bruins get closer to full health

    Tim Rosenthal March 31, 2018

    Another day and another game where the Bruins are that much closer to getting their full complement of players back before the playoffs.

    Jake DeBrusk is the latest to return to the lineup. The second-line winger, who was playing the best hockey of his rookie season prior to his upper-body injury, missed the previous eight games.

    This comes two days after David Backes returned to the lineup after missing five games with a knee laceration. It also comes as Charlie McAvoy and Zdeno Chara inch closer to returning. McAvoy hasn’t played since spraining his MCL on March 3 against the Canadiens, while Chara, who signed a one-year contract extension on Wednesday, has missed the last eight games with an upper-body injury.

    Rick Nash (upper-body), who hasn’t skated since March 20, is participating in off-ice workouts, while Sean Kuraly will miss his second straight game with his own upper-body issue.

    Brian Gionta and Jordan Szwarz will are healthy scratches.

    Unlike their first matchup with the Panthers, a 3-0 setback in South Florida, the Bruins will have their entire first line at their disposal as well as one of their second line wingers in DeBrusk.

    Here’s a look at the projected lines for Saturday’s matinee as the Bruins look to clinch home ice in the first round with a win over the Panthers.

    Bruins lines

    Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-David Pastrnak
    Jake DeBrusk-David Krejci-Ryan Donato
    Danton Heinen-Riley Nash-David Backes
    Tim Schaller-Noel Acciari-Tommy Wingels

    Torey Krug-Brandon Carlo
    Matt Grzelcyk-Kevan Miller
    Nick Holden-Adam McQuaid

    Tuukka Rask
    Anton Khudobin

    Panthers lines

    Evgeny Dadonov-Aleksander Barkov-Nick Bjugstad
    Jonathan Huberdeau-Vincent Trocheck-Jamie McGinn
    Jared McCann-Henrik Borgstrom-Maxim Mamin
    Michael Haley-Jared McCann-Colton Sceviour

    Keith Yandle-Aaron Ekblad
    Michael Matheson-Mark Pysyk
    Mackenzie Weegar-Alex Petrovic

    Roberto Luongo
    James Reimer

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    Tim Rosenthal

    Tim Rosenthal serves as the Managing Editor of Bruins Daily. He started contributing videos to the site in 2010 before fully coming on board during the Bruins' Stanley Cup run in 2011. His bylines over the last decade have been featured on Boston.com, FoxSports.com, College Hockey News, Patch and Inside Hockey. You can follow Tim on Twitter @_TimRosenthal.


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