Brad Marchand To Rest Among Other Key Players For Boston Bruins

SUNRISE, FL - MARCH 23: Teammates congratulate Brad Marchand #63 of the Boston Bruins after he scored a second period goal against the Florida Panthers at the BB&T Center on March 23, 2019 in Sunrise, Florida. The Bruins defeated the Panthers 7-3. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

The Boston Bruins will try to rest some of their most important players ahead of the first-round series versus the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Bruins will take on the Minnesota Wild later tonight. Their Head Coach Bruce Cassidy has decided to sit Brad Marchand, Zdeno Chara, David Krejci, Chris Wagner, and Charlie McAvoy. All of these players will be resting as healthy scratches tonight except Wagner, who is out with a lower-body injury.

Boston Bruins To Rest Brad Marchand Among Other Players

The Bruins have still something to play for, but they have decided to give their top guys a bit of rest. Brad Marchand has collected his point number 100 on the season on Tuesday. David Krejci has not missed a game so far during the present campaign. Krejci has earned 52 assists, which is his new career-high in that area and is just two points shy of his career-high in points.

Chara has been connected with resting ever since the end of February, he will take his place in the press box for at least one game. His regular partner has been McAvoy on the first defensive pair. McAvoy has been playing some decent hockey recently, but he had to miss a total of 27 games mainly because of the concussion. He will welcome some rest for sure. Wagner had to miss the Bruins game on Sunday versus the Detroit Red Wings. The lower-body injury will keep him out of the lineup for tonight´s clash with the Wild as well.

What Does This Mean For The Future

Danton Heinen, who missed last Bruins game on Tuesday because of an illness, will be back in the lineup today. Talented winger and former first-round draft pick Zach Senyshyn will make his NHL debut versus the Wild. The Bruins have also recalled center Trent Frederic. The 21-year-old forward will play in his 14th game in the NHL during the present campaign.

In terms of the Bruins defence, defencemen Steven Kampfer and Connor Clifton will make their return to the lineup. Goaltender Jaroslav Halak starts in net. The Bruins will have their regular season finale against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday matinee at TD Garden. It´s very probable that Boston will rest some of their other important players like Patrice Bergeron. The Bruins need one more point in order to officially clinch the second spot in the Eastern Conference.

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  1. Flip
    The one extra point doesn’t matter, as it won’t change their seeding. They’re locked into the 2 seed behind Tampa who’ll get the 1 seed. Since the Capitals with 102 pts. lead in the Metropolitan Division they would get the other 1 seed as the division champ.

    Boston can lose their next two games and it won’t change a thing, they’ll still be a 2nd seed in the Atlantic division. Islanders with 99 pts. and 2 games left can’t top Boston’s 105 pts. Islanders can pass Washington and grab the 1st seed with two wins and two Washington loses. Again none of this would impact the Bruins standings.

    • You are right that it wouldn’t change the seeding in the Division, but that’s not the matter now. The Bruins have 105 points and Washington has 102 points. With Boston having the tiebreaker, it’s pretty obvious that the Bruins would need one more point to certainly clinch the 2nd spot in the Eastern Conference. That can be important if the Bruins meet the Caps in the Eastern Conference final. The overall point total will decide who has the home ice beyond the 2nd round of the playoffs.


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