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Spooner Could Return Against Rangers

If forward plays Saturday afternoon, Bjork may sit out

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - Ryan Spooner has missed the last four games with a lingering lower-body injury, but appears poised to return to the lineup on Saturday afternoon against the New York Rangers.

The 25-year-old was activated from injured reserve on Thursday after Matt Beleskey was placed on waivers, but did not play in the Bruins' loss to the Washington Capitals in an effort to give him a bit more time to rest an ailment that has allowed him to play in just 10 games this season.

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Spooner Travels to Detroit, Remains Day-to-Day

Forward's playing status against Red Wings remains in question

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - Ryan Spooner practiced in full for the second straight day on Tuesday and remains day-to-day as he recovers from a lower-body injury that has hindered him since his return from a groin tear late last month.

The forward came back from the initial injury to play in two games before tweaking the ailment and missing the B's game with Edmonton on Nov. 26. Spooner proceeded to suit up for the next three contests then exited the lineup again, missing Boston's wins over the Coyotes and Islanders.

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McQuaid Won't Be Changing His Hard-Nosed Style

Veteran defenseman says injury won't lead to any alteration in his game

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - Adam McQuaid has never been shy to put his body on the line. Time and again throughout his nine-year career, the rugged blue liner has sacrificed himself for the betterment of the Bruins - at times costing himself valuable playing time.

As has been the case for the last two months. McQuaid has been sidelined since Oct. 19 against the Vancouver Canucks when he acted as a human shield and blocked two shots with his leg, leading to a broken right fibula.

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DeBrusk Had 'That Moment' Against Islanders

Rookie had defining sequence with fight, deciding goal

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - Jake DeBrusk has never been considered your average goal scorer. His abilities range far beyond what a typical top-six winger usually provides.

Among those attributes is a bit of an ornery side. And for the first time in his young career, the full wrath of that side came out during the second period of the Bruins' 3-1 victory over the New York Islanders on Saturday night.

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Grzelcyk's Game is Growing

Rookie blue liner's minutes, confidence on the rise

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - Goals and points are the easy way to determine how well a player is performing.

But there may be one other stat column that best provides a read on the way someone is playing, particularly a defenseman like Matt Grzelcyk. The uptick in the rookie blue liner's minutes over the last two games makes that clear.

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Healthy Roster Creating A Good Problem for B's

DeBrusk's return is fueling competition

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - The Bruins are about to have a pretty good problem on their hands.

For the first time this season - barring any further ailments that could certainly arise - the Black & Gold are approaching full health.

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Bjork, Krejci Nearing Returns as B's Hit the Road

Rask, Khudobin to split games on trip to Philly, Nashville

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - It appears the Bruins are inching closer to a light at the end of the injury tunnel - for now, anyways.

Boston's brutal injury luck so far this season has made the first two months a difficult stretch. But the B's have survived, and at times thrived - as head coach Bruce Cassidy said this week - as they sit just a point out of a playoff spot through 23 games. It is an impressive position to be in considering only seven players have suited up for every game this season.

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McAvoy's Monster Night Was Quite a Lift

Rookie blueliner had goal, assist in over 28 minutes of ice time

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - A simple eye test makes it clear that Charlie McAvoy had a pretty solid game on Wednesday night against Tampa Bay. The rookie blueliner tallied a goal and an assist to help the Bruins to their fifth win in six games.

But a more in-depth look at his night will catch your attention, particularly after a quick glance at the scoresheet. McAvoy played a game-high 28 minutes, 11 seconds, which was over four minutes higher than the next closest Bruin (Zdeno Chara). It was the third time this season he has surpassed the 28-minute mark and is first in the league in rookie time on ice (23:42), almost four minutes higher than Colorado's Samuel Girard.

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Give and Take: Bruins Get Split News on Injuries

Marchand, Backes inch closer; but Krejci, DeBrusk ruled out

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - Just when the Bruins thought they were nearing full health, more bad news arrived at the doorstep on Tuesday afternoon.

While David Backes, Brad Marchand, and Ryan Spooner all participated fully in practice and appear close to a return to game action, Jake DeBrusk and David Krejci missed the session and have been ruled out for Wednesday night's tilt with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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Rask Will Get Start Against Edmonton

Netminder returns after Khudobin's hot streak

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - Bruce Cassidy is going back to his ace. Boston's bench boss announced following Saturday morning's practice at Warrior Ice Arena that Tuukka Rask will make the start when the Bruins host the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday.

Back-up netminder Anton Khudobin has started the last four games - winning all of them - during a scorching stretch that has seen him soar to third in the league in save percentage (.932) and goals against average (2.22).

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