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Marchand Good to Go Against Washington

Winger missed practice on Friday for a maintenance day

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins /

BOSTON - Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy confirmed on Saturday morning that Brad Marchand will be in the lineup tonight against the Washington Capitals. Marchand missed practice on Friday for a maintenance day to rest a lower-body ailment suffered against the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday.

The winger, who leads the Bruins with 13 points (eight goals, five assists) in 11 games, will once again suit up alongside Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak. Cassidy reunited the trio earlier this week with David Backes and David Krejci sidelined.

Boston's top line was held off the scoresheet against the Golden Knights, but Marchand was pleased to see contributions from other areas of the lineup.

"Other guys are doing a really good job of stepping up right now," said Marchand. "[Sean Kuraly] and [Riley Nash], their lines did a great job last game and earning two big points for us. Every night different lines are gonna step up. Sometimes it will be our line, sometimes it will be Nash's line or Kurls' line.

"We need to do the job and everyone chip in offensively and defensively. Sometimes we create offense…last game our line didn't have a great game but other lines did. Some nights it will work and some nights it won't. We need to find [different] ways to win each night."

Video: Sean Kuraly goes 1-on-1 to talk first goal, Caps

News and Notes

  • The Bruins will be looking to extend their points streak to seven games (3-0-3). "It was frustrating that all three of our games that went to overtime or shootout we didn't get the win," said Cassidy. "But if you're in enough of those they'll go your way."
  • Cassidy confirmed that he will deploy the same lineup against Washington as he did in the Bruins' 2-1 win over Vegas. Tuukka Rask will start between the pipes, while Frank Vatrano will be the healthy scratch.
  • David Krejci is out against Washington and, according to Cassidy, "continues to stick to his protocol, should have an update on Monday."
  • Noel Acciari (broken finger) took the ice before the morning skate and could rejoin the team for practice on Monday or Tuesday. "I think he'll practice with us Monday, but it's probably an optional [pregame skate] with the schedule the way it is now…if not then Tuesday he'll practice with the team. He's able to hold his stick now."
  • Cassidy on Anton Khudobin (lower body): "I would anticipate him getting on the ice soon."
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