Tonight the Bruins take on the Maple Leafs in Toronto on the front end of a home-and-home. Coming off a loss against the Rangers, the B’s need the W and the two points that come with it.
Forward Austin Czarnik was assigned to Providence on Thursday after posting one point in the past four games.
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) November 9, 2017
This transaction signals that someone is coming back from injury. Is it Brad Marchand, Noel Acciari, or both?
On Thursday, it slipped that Brad Marchand is dealing with a concussion. This made many of the press dumb with disbelief as he had been characterized as having an upper body injury with no further clarification. To me, it wasn’t a surprise since the Caps resident garbage man Tom Wilson (not to be mistaken for the other garbage man Brooks Orpik) cheap shotted Brad on Saturday. Also, when I hear UBI these days, I just assume it’s a concussion unless they clarify. I don’t think anyone in any of the contact sports wants to acknowledge concussions, especially not this early in the season. However, another piece of news about Brad came in from NHL Network’s Kevin Weekes.
— Kevin Weekes (@KevinWeekes) November 9, 2017
Bruce Cassidy hasn’t stated whether or not Marchand or Acciari are back for Friday.
Cassidy said that both Brad Marchand and Noel Acciari will be game-time decisions for Friday’s game in Toronto.
“I’m not going to rule [Marchand] in or out right now, because like I said he’s going through what he needs to do. There is a chance [he plays tomorrow].”
“Noel will be a game-time decision. And he gives us a physicality, straight-line, can change the momentum of the game on the forecheck with some big hits. Be nice to have that element back in the game. I think he was rounding into his offensive game, that’s going to be a little more difficult I think after missing time.”
Later, Cassidy did discuss Anton Khudobin’s possible role in these next two games.
“We’re leaning towards Anton [Khudobin] tomorrow to give Tuukka [Rask] the extra day, but we’ll make that decision tomorrow morning. But it will be a split. Anton is ready to go; he backed up last night. He’ll have another morning skate to make sure he’s up to snuff and then we’ll decide
We’ll have to see how this all turns out tonight.