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Marchand Plans to Bring the Energy

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
TAMPA BAY, FL -- Two big pieces of the B's puzzle are scheduled to be back in place when Boston takes on New Jersey tomorrow night in Newark.

Forwards Rich Peverley and Brad Marchand should both be in the lineup against the Devils on Thursday.

"Yeah it's always tough to watch the team play, it's very frustrating," said Marchand, who has finished serving a suspension for his hit on Vancouver's Sami Salo. "It's nice the five games are over with and I'm excited to get back, jump back in and hopefully help anyway I can."

Marchand doesn't anticipate any troubles hopping right back into game action.

"No not at all, it's only been a week," said Marchand, who has taken extra ice with the B's coaching staff at every oportunity since his suspension was handed down by the NHL.

"They've been pushing me pretty hard during and after practice, so there won't be any rust," he said.

Marchand said he expects to slide back into his slot opposite Tyler Seguin on Patrice Bergeron's line, but that anything is possible.

The return comes at the right time for the Bruins, who have faced adversity for virtually the first time since the club started the season the 3-7.

The left wing's energy could be important to any bounce back for Boston.

"Yeah that's the plan," said Marchand. "Go in and create energy like I try to do, continue to play my game and hopefully get some shifts back with Seggs and Bergy -- if that's where I am -- and carry on where we left off."

But Marchand doesn't really see the B's uneven play as a cause for panic.

"Yeah I wouldn't say were in a lull, we're still winning games," he said. "We might've lost a couple, but you're not going to win every game in the season.

"It's a pretty grueling schedule and it can take a toll on the body and I think a lot of guys having been playing a lot of minutes.

"It's been a little tough at times, but we had a nice day off here and we'll be ready tomorrow," he said.
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