And so it begins…
Tonight the Bruins experience playoff game action for the first time in three seasons, this time in the Canadian capital of Ottawa.
Bruins defensemen Torey Krug and Brandon Carlo along with forward Noel Acciari have all been ruled out for Game 1; Carlo and Krug did not travel with the team to Ottawa. According to interim head coach Bruce Cassidy, Dominic Moore and David Krejci had maintenance days yesterday and are expected to suit up and play in this first game of the series. Jimmy Hayes, Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson, and Joe Morrow are all scratches.
The start of the Charlie McAvoy era is at hand. This is not a drill. Cassidy had some thoughts on him and the nature of the game.
On the back end, Charlie McAvoy is expected to make his NHL debut. He’ll start the game paired with Kevan Miller.
“Every kid goes through it, their first game,” said Cassidy. “But he’s the type of kid who’s got some of that built-in composure, and hopefully that comes through for him tonight.”
“But at the end of the day, once the puck drops, it’s hockey,” said Cassidy. “That’s what we’ll tell him: you’ve got to play to your strengths and understand that you’ll be playing against men, so they’ll be much harder on the puck, but he’s has the luxury of playing some games down in Providence. It’s not the National Hockey League, but they’re older players, it’s older than college, so he has that under his belt.”
“And then Charlie’s a special talent. He’s a guy that has rose up to those big moments, so he’s probably less bothered by the spotlight than others, so again, we’ll find out soon enough.”
Brad is back and ready to get down…
Longtime linemate Patrice Bergeron had a lot to say about Brad and how it feels to be back in the playoffs. Hint: it feels right.
Anyway, I’ll end with a helpful hint: BEAT THE TRAP!
Brad Marchand – Patrice Bergeron – David Backes
Drew Stafford – David Krejci – David Pastrnak
Matt Beleskey – Ryan Spooner – Frank Vatrano
Tim Schaller – Dominic Moore – Riley Nash
Zdeno Chara – Adam McQuaid
Kevan Miller – Charlie McAvoy
John-Michael Liles – Colin Miller
Mike Hoffman – Jean-Gabriel Pageau – Mark Stone
Clarke MacArthur – Kyle Turris – Bobby Ryan
Alexandre Burrows – Derrick Brassard – Viktor Stalberg
Tom Pyatt – Zack Smith – Tommy Wingels
Marc Methot – Erik Karlsson
Dion Phaneuf – Cody Ceci
Mark Borowiecki – Chris Wideman