BOSTON – The details behind Brad Marchand’s spotty attendance in the past couple of days of Bruins practice has been sketchy at best and the B’s agitator was again missing from the ice for the morning skate Thursday prior to Game 1.
Daniel Paille skated in Marchand’s place at the morning skating session and Claude Julien offered few details about the missing left winger other than to say “he took his option.”
Marchand missed practice at Tuesday TD Garden, but skated on Wednesday, while sounding a bit under the weather when he spoke to the media after that session. The rest of the B’s regular lineup appeared to be on the ice for the optional skate.
Marchand was also wearing a conspicuous, puffy winter jacket that could have concealed any number of ice bags were the B’s agitator hiding an injury. There’s also the knee that Marchand insisted that he twisted in a knee-on-knee hit in Game 3 of the first round, but didn’t hinder him in the first round series vs. the Red Wings.
Marchand did go scoreless in the five games against the Red Wings in the first round and had a physically intense Game 5 performance in Boston for the clinching game.
Julien didn’t offer any details about the Game 1 lineup, so we’re left to piece the forward combos and D-pairings based on the morning skate: