BOSTON - The beat goes on for the Black & Gold.
Brad Marchand is the latest banged-up Bruin, as he will sit out Monday night's tilt with the Minnesota Wild with a lower-body injury suffered against the Capitals over the weekend. Boston's top winger joins the list of 11 Bruins who have missed time with injury so far this season.
"He got hit early, got bumped into [John] Carlsson later," said Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy. "He had a couple of bumps along the way. He was able to finish the game, so that's the encouraging part."
With Marchand sidelined, Anders Bjork will slide up to play the left wing alongside Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak. Frank Vatrano will return to the lineup after being the healthy scratch against Washington.
"He's a big part of our offense, no question," said Bergeron. "But it's always about the next man up, whoever is taking that spot, to respond and be good."
So far this season, the Bruins have dealt with an inordinate amount of injuries to their core with Noel Acciari, David Backes, Bergeron, Anton Khudobin, David Krejci, Torey Krug, Adam McQuaid, Kevan Miller, Tuukka Rask, and Ryan Spooner all missing time for various ailments.
The one silver lining of what has been a seemingly never-ending string of injuries is the opportunity it has presented to some of Boston's young players.
"This is the exception not the rule around here to have this many guys out at one time," said Cassidy. "You may have this many injuries, but they're spread out. To come all at once is tough. But you plug away and I think we've been doing a good job lately of staying in games and finding a formula that's been successful for us.
"We're gonna stick with that. Other guys get opportunities. [Marchand] goes out and someone moves up. That's the only way we can look at it."
Video: Marchand latest banged-up Bruin, out vs. Wild
More Injury Updates
Krejci, who has missed the last six games with an upper body injury, was placed on injured reserve on Monday and will not play this week. An update on his condition is expected next week before the Bruins head to the West Coast.
Khudobin rejoined the group for the first time since the lower-body injury he suffered in practice last Sunday, but his status for Monday night is in question. Zane McIntyre was recalled on an emergency basis this afternoon and will back-up Rask if Khudobin is unable to dress.
"If he progresses like he did today I could see him being in the net by the weekend," said Cassidy. "Again, I'm getting ahead of myself. But he had a good day today, so that's encouraging. And someone's playing the back-to-back [against Toronto], whoever the back-up is that night, one of those two games. If Dobby's ready, if not then Zane goes in."
O'Gara Up, Postma Out
Blue liner Rob O'Gara was recalled from Providence on Monday morning and will be in the lineup against the Wild. O'Gara has played one game for Boston this season, a solid effort in 14 minutes, 17 seconds of ice time against Buffalo on Oct. 21.
"A little more confidence every time you're in that situation, you play well," said O'Gara. "I felt good, felt like I was keeping everything in front of me, playing within myself and not doing anything too crazy. That's my game, hopefully bring that tonight, too."
With O'Gara back, Paul Postma will be the healthy scratch. Postma had suited up for the last six games, mostly alongside Miller, landing eight shots on goal and posting a minus-3 rating
"We feel both Kevan and Paul have been more comfortable on the right even though we've used him on the left," said Cassidy. "Robbie's played well when he's been here and down in Providence. He adds to the penalty kill where we can save Charlie a little bit with the games as tight as they are, so he can get a break there and his minutes don't get too high."
O'Gara had collected two assists with a plus-4 rating in seven games for Providence this season.
"The thing we do down there is work, whether you're on the fourth line one day or the first line the next day everyone's working hard," said O'Gara. "It's a good atmosphere and a good way to get better."
Veteran forward Ryan White and the Bruins decided to mutually terminate the professional tryout agreement the sides aggreed to on Oct. 10.
"He really worked hard when he was here, practiced hard and he's a good pro," said Cassidy. "We wish him well wherever he ends up. I'm not sure where that is or where that will be. But we're just gonna go with what we have here."
Here is tonight's projected lineup, based on pregame skate
Anders Bjork - Patrice Bergeron - David Pastrnak
Tim Schaller - Sean Kuraly - Danton Heinen
Jake DeBrusk - Jordan Szwarz - Frank Vatrano
Matt Beleskey - Riley Nash - Austin Czarnik
Zdeno Chara - Charlie McAvoy
Torey Krug - Brandon Carlo
Rob O'Gara - Kevan Miller