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After Healthy Scratch, DeBrusk Ready to Return Against Ducks

Krejci out for at least one more game; Acciari rejoins team

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins /

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Jake DeBrusk was not interested in sugarcoating his situation. To him, a trip to TD Garden's ninth floor for Saturday night's contest against the Toronto Maple Leafs was nothing to pleased about.

"You can take it however you want to take it. I believe it's a negative thing, it's never good when you're not helping the team," DeBrusk said of the first healthy scratch of his young career. "There's certain reasons why it happened and that's where you take a positive approach on changing those things so that it doesn't happen again.

"Taking it day-by-day getting better, but there are some things I learned for sure."

Watching the game from above provided DeBrusk with a different perspective on the game and allowed him to take a step back from what has been a challenging stretch for the 21-year-old rookie, who has just one goal over his last 11 games.

"It's not one big thing," said DeBrusk. "I think I need to calm down and just play hockey, just do what I was doing at the beginning of training camp, being one of the fastest guys, buzzing around out there, being a hound on the forecheck, simple things like that [and] stop thinking so much."

Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy is confident in the winger's ability to bounce back and confirmed that he'll be back in the lineup on Wednesday night against the Ducks. Boston's bench boss would like to see more energy in DeBrusk's skating game, an area he believes has been lacking of late.

"The message was, 'Hey, watch from up top, there are certain areas of your game that need to be better, certain areas of your game that we like that you have to bring every night.' We talked about that," said Cassidy. "His energy is his legs…when he's skating, the rest kind of falls into place. That's what we're looking for."

In addition to watching from up top, DeBrusk took time to scour film and pick through the different areas of his game. Now, it's up to him to apply what he absorbed and avoid another trip to the Garden's ninth floor.

"It shows your character what you do after that. It's just another test for me," said DeBrusk, who will start on the right wing alongside Matt Beleskey and Riley Nash against Anaheim. "It's one of those things when you're watching players and seeing what makes them successful out there…it's pretty evident that you need to change quick.

"You don't want to be healthy scratch…at the same time there's a lot of things you can learn up there and you learn about yourself up there."

Krejci Out

David Krejci will not play against the Ducks on Wednesday night, but Cassidy termed the pivot as "probable" to make his return to the lineup on Thursday in Los Angeles.

"Doing much better, looks like [Thursday] will be a good target date for him," said Cassidy. "He'll be a game-time decision…for the immediate short term Krech would be the only [injured player] probable for tomorrow."

Acciari Arrives

Noel Acciari rejoined the team after spending two days in Michigan for the services of one of his best friends and former Providence College teammate, Drew Brown, who passed away over the weekend after a lengthy battle with cancer.

"He was a tough kid, touched a lot of people with his smile. Never complained," said Acciari. "He will be missed. It's tough for me and it's tough for his family right now, but they're a tough group…he's in a better place and he's looking down on us."

Ducks Banged Up

The Bruins are not alone in their injury woes, as the Ducks may be only team in the league with more players on the shelf. Anaheim (7-7-3) is without Ryan Getzlaf, Ryan Kesler, Cam Fowler, Jared Boll, Patrick Eaves, Ondrej Kase, and goalie Ryan Miller. And on Wednesday morning, Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle termed defenseman Hampus Lindholm as a game-time decision.

"A lot of new faces. When they pre-scout, probably like us, they're probably getting to the Hockey DB [reference website]," joked Cassidy. "But they still play strong defensively. They're gonna try to protect the front of the net….they're gonna be hard to play against."

Video: Krejci nearing return as B's take on Anaheim

1,000 Games for Vermette

Ducks center Antoine Vermette is slated to play his 1,000th career game Wednesday night. The 35-year-old pivot has also suited up for Ottawa, Columbus, Arizona, and Chicago over his 14-year career.

Fellow Quebec native Patrice Bergeron has formed a friendship with Vermette over the years and often trains with him during the offseason.

"It's definitely a big milestone for him," said Bergeron. "I'm happy. It's good timing that we're playing each other for that game."

Projected Lineup

Kenny Agostino and Rob O'Gara will be the healthy scratches against Anaheim. Here is the projected lineup based on morning skate:

Peter Cehlarik - Patrice Bergeron - David Pastrnak
Frank Vatrano - Jordan Szwarz - Danton Heinen
Matt Beleskey - Sean Kuraly - Jake DeBrusk
Tim Schaller - Riley Nash - Noel Acciari

Zdeno Chara - Charlie McAvoy
Torey Krug - Brandon Carlo
Paul Postma - Kevan Miller

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