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Practice Notebook: Czarnik Back Skating

Forward returns to practice after taking hit up high on Saturday

by Caryn Switaj @NHLBruins / Boston Bruins

BOSTON - Austin Czarnik was back skating with the Bruins for practice on Tuesday at Warrior Ice Arena.

The forward missed Monday's practice after taking a late hit up high during Saturday's final preseason game at TD Garden. Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas was suspended six games by the NHL Department of Player Safety for interference on Czarnik.

Czarnik was the first player to hit the ice on Tuesday, wearing a red no-contact jersey. After a few laps on his own, he stayed on and joined the team for practice.

Tuesday's practice marked the first day with "line jerseys," designated by color, with Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron in their standard gold jerseys, along with David Pastrnak.

David Krejci was in his usual white jersey, along with Ryan Spooner on his left wing and David Backes on his right.

With Czarnik wearing the no-contact jersey, Riley Nash centered the third line (donning their familiar gray sweaters), with Matt Beleskey and Jimmy Hayes on the wings.

Rookie Danton Heinen, Dominic Moore and Noel Acciari were skating together in the merlot jerseys (yes, the coaches still refer to the color as "merlot").

In total, 22 players were on the ice, including goalies Tuukka Rask and Anton Khudobin.

On Monday, the Bruins made a number of roster transactions to get closer to their 23-man roster for Opening Night.

Among the moves, forwards Jake DeBrusk and Sean Kuraly were assigned to Providence, along with goaltender Malcolm Subban. Tyler Randell and Tim Schaller cleared waivers and were assigned to Providence.

Forward Seth Griffith, who was placed on waivers Monday at noon, was claimed by the Toronto Maple Leafs.

With 13 forwards and two goaltenders on the ice, the Bruins rounded out their group with seven blueliners.

Rookies Brandon Carlo and Rob O'Gara are no doubt excited to have made it this far in camp. Carlo has been paired with Zdeno Chara, while O'Gara has been skating with Torey Krug (whom he roomed with at development camp four years ago).

John-Michael Liles and Colin Miller skated as a pair, with Joe Morrow rotating among the group.

Neither Kevan Miller, nor Adam McQuaid (both day-to-day), were on the ice for practice.

"We're going to have some roster decisions prior to 5 o' clock," General Manager Don Sweeney said around 11:00 a.m. ET, during the team's annual Media Day press conference. "We're getting updates currently. McQuaid is more of a short term, Kevan Miller will likely be out for an extended period of time. We're waiting to get the last medical report on him."

"So, we'll have some roster decisions. You saw the moves we made [on Monday] to get down to one small group today that will, in all likelihood, open up on Thursday night."

Practice Lines Oct. 11

White: Ryan Spooner - David Krejci - David Backes
Gold: Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - David Pastrnak
Gray: Matt Beleskey - Riley Nash - Jimmy Hayes
Merlot: Danton Heinen - Moore - Noel Acciari
Red: Austin Czarnik

Defensemen:
Zdeno Chara - Brandon Carlo
Torey Krug - Rob O'Gara
John-Michael Liles - Colin Miller
Joe Morrow

Goalies: Tuukka Rask, Anton Khudobin

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