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Bruins enter Game 3 against Maple Leafs with lineup questions

Forward DeBrusk, defensemen Krug, Clifton day to day because of injuries

by Matt Kalman / Correspondent

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins head into Game 3 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena on Monday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVAS, NESN) with a lineup in flux because of a few injuries.

The best-of-7 series is tied 1-1.


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Bruins forward Jake DeBrusk (upper body), and defensemen Torey Krug (upper body) and Connor Clifton (upper body), are day to day after each was injured during a 4-1 win in Game 2 on Saturday. All three are scheduled to travel to Toronto, but forward Marcus Johansson, who missed Game 2 because of an illness, remains sick and could travel on his own Monday.

Even if Johansson is healthy, the Bruins would have to decide whether to change the lineup that evened the series.

"There's a decision to be made," coach Bruce Cassidy said. "We played very well, had no complaints with anybody, so we'd have to decide on that. We still want to dress our best lineup. It'd be a little bit more about where is he with his [illness]? He could not be sick anymore, but if it's a 24-, 36-, 48-hour thing and he looks good and he's flying around, then I guess we'd consider him more strongly to put him in."

Defenseman John Moore (upper body) and Sean Kuraly (fractured hand) continued to skate on their own, hoping to return from injuries sustained in the regular season.

"They're progressing well," Cassidy said. "Until they're with the team, it's hard to say they'd go into the lineup. That's typically the protocol in-season. Obviously, this time of year you may have to skip a step. I don't think we'll see them tomorrow night in Toronto, but if we put them day to day, that's the easiest way to do it."

Defenseman Jakub Zboril was recalled from Providence of the American Hockey League on Sunday. Steven Kampfer, another spare defenseman, has never played in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Forward Paul Carey was called up from Providence and could be an option.

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