BUFFALO -- Judging by the line rushes at Bruins morning skate prior to Sunday night's road game against the Buffalo Sabres at the First Niagara Center, Brad Marchand will be missing his second straight game for the Bruins with an upper body injury.
Marchand was on the ice with his teammates, but wasn't taking part in the line rushes at the beginning of morning skate. Instead the new-look lines appeared very similarly to the forward groupings from Friday's practice at TD Garden. The Tyler SeguinDavid Krejci combo has been kept together and it appears that both Daniel Paille and Shawn Thornton are ready to return to the Bruins lineup.
Here are the expected lines and D-pairings based on morning skate:
Expected scratches: MacDermid, Marchand
Anton Khudobin was getting the extra work during the skate as well, so it appeared that Rask will be getting the starting nod after his winning performance against the Canadiens earlier this week.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while knowing that nobody will ever forget the courage and zest for life that 5-year-old Red Sox fan Ari Schultz showed in his far too short life. Rest in peace, little guy.
*PHT writer James O’Brien has the Chicago Blackhawks adjusting to the returns of both Brandon Saad and Patrick Sharp after their short stints away from the fold. It will be really interesting to see if the Blackhawks can recreate their magic by bringing some of the past Cup pieces to the scene after last year’s disappointing end.
*Ilya Kovalchuk is primed for a return to the NHL in 2018-19 after playing one more season, an Olympic season no less, in the KHL.
*Good piece by FOH (Friend of Haggs) Arpon Basu chronicling the day with the Cup in Montreal for Marc-Andre Fleury.
*Speaking of the Blackhawks, it sounds like Jonathan Toews is going to scale back on the “Captain Serious” approach to his hockey career this upcoming season.
*Vegas Golden Knights GM George McPhee is pleased with the state of his expansion team after looking at some of the pieces, and doing a little wheeling and dealing after the fact. I mean, you have to wheel and deal if you’re a hockey team in Vegas, right?
*Detroit Red Wings forward Tomas Tatar is relieved his new contract with the Winged Wheels will allow him to avoid arbitration.
*For something completely different: It remains to be seen whether it’s a good thing or a bad thing, but we’re completely in a culture where media entities are writing full stories about posters. Okay, I think this is a bad thing and my mind is already made up.
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