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Need to Know: Game 2 | Bruins vs. Maple Leafs

Backes back in the lineup; DeBrusk "anticipating" to play as Boston looks to even series

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins /

BOSTON - After sitting out Friday's practice for a maintenance day, Jake DeBrusk is anticipating he'll be in the lineup as the Bruins look to even their first-round series with the Toronto Maple Leafs at a game apiece on Saturday night.

DeBrusk crashed hard into the end boards during Game 1 as he tried to break up Mitch Marner's shorthanded breakaway attempt in the second period. DeBrusk slowly got back to his feet, before briefly retreating to the dressing room. The winger eventually returned and finished the night with 15:19 of ice time and two shots on goal.

"One hundred percent," DeBrusk said following an optional morning skate at Warrior Ice Arena, echoing his postgame sentiments from Thursday. "Feeling ready to go hopefully. And anticipating to play and taking it in stride. There was a couple hits that I took…it's not necessarily a big concern of mine.

"I more wanted to get out on the ice early and skate. Had a day off yesterday, so just wanted to get moving…ready to go."

Video: DeBrusk says he's 100% ready for Game 2

Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy officially termed DeBrusk a game-time decision, but also said that he anticipates his No. 2 left winger to play. With DeBrusk's status somewhat up in the air, Cassidy was not ready to confirm his lines.

"Some guys are out there skating, obviously Jake missed yesterday. He's out there now. There will be a domino effect [depending] on how guys are," said Cassidy. "We'll figure out who comes out once we assess our health tonight."

One lineup change that Cassidy did confirm is the insertion of David Backes, who sat out Game 1 as a healthy scratch. Paul Carey was also recalled from Providence and took part in morning skate.

"David's going in. He was out 13th forward the other night," said Cassidy. "Paul's here, with Jake being a left winger there's a bit of that going on. David's just a change of personnel. He's been a good player for us. We need a little more leadership, a little more intensity in our lineup. He obviously brings that. We'll see where it goes."

Video: Cassidy talks lineup, Backes' role

Brad Marchand acknowledged that Backes' veteran guidance was missed during Boston's 4-1 loss in Game 1.

"He's such a good leader in the room, on the bench," said Marchand. "He really controls it and is such a positive influence on the group. The way he carries himself on the ice and how hard he plays…his ability out there, the way he can control pucks down there and hold onto them on forechecks.

"He's a great player for our team and a huge leader. We definitely missed that in Game 1, in situations that he'd speak up and take control. We could have used him. Excited to have him back in tonight."

No matter who is the lineup, however, the Bruins know they must put forth a far better effort to avoid going down 0-2 with the series shifting to Toronto.

"Just our compete level," said Marchand. "They came to work last game, they competed hard and they were winning the battles. Just have to be a little better in that area.

"I think that it was a little frustrating for us when we get away from our game when we know how we can play and how we're supposed to play."

Video: Marchand looking for better effort in Game 2

Cassidy also said that there would not be any changes on the back end, meaning the defense pairs will look like this:

Zdeno Chara - Charlie McAvoy
Torey Krug - Brandon Carlo
Matt Grzelcyk - Connor Clifton

Tuukka Rask gets the start in goal. Puck drop is set for 8 p.m. EST on NBC and 98.5 The Sports Hub.

Video: DeBrusk a GTD, Backes in

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