NEWARK, N.J. --
After waiting for the mandated five games, Bruins forward Brad Marchand
is eager to get back in the lineup. He will Thursday night against the Devils at Prudential Center.
Marchand hasn't played since he was issued a five-minute clipping major and game misconduct late in the second period of the Bruins 4-3 loss to Vancouver on Jan. 7. He was subsequently suspended by the NHL for five games.
"It's always tough to have to watch your team play," Marchand said Thursday morning. "I'm just very excited to be back in the lineup and back in the game again."
Marchand isn't the only Bruin getting back in. Rich Peverley
, who missed the last two games for personal reasons, is also returning to the Bruins' lineup Thursday.
"I missed the game," said Peverley, who is not disclosing the reason why he was away from the team for their trip to Florida to play the Panthers and Lightning. "I am really excited to be around the guys again. I'm really excited just to play a game."
Marchand and Peverley are energy players who bring a lot of speed. That's two elements of the game the Bruins have been missing of late.
"Fresh legs, some experienced players as well, and guys that play big roles on our hockey club," Bruins coach Claude Julien
said in describing what his team is getting back. "Both of those guys are power-play, penalty-killing players, and they obviously play a big role on their lines. No doubt they're a welcome addition right now."
Julien is hopeful that Marchand won't be thinking about the reason he got suspended when he gets on the ice Thursday night. The last thing the Bruins want is for him to tone down his energy.
"He has got to play his game," Julien said. "But, at the same time, you just have to learn from those situations. He seems to understand from what Brendan (Shanahan) has told him, so he's going to try to rectify that."
Marchand said he doesn't think the suspension will affect his game, but he admitted he will have to ward off thinking about it prior to puck drop.
"The game happens so quick that you really don't have time to think about that stuff," he said. "But before the game you have to think about how you have to play, and sometimes that can creep into your mind a little bit."
Here is the Bruins' entire projected lineup for Thursday's game, including starting goalie Tim Thomas
- Patrice Bergeron
- Tyler Seguin
- David Krejci
- Nathan Horton
- Chris Kelly
- Rich Peverley
- Gregory Campbell
- Shawn Thornton
- Johnny Boychuk
- Adam McQuaid
- Joe Corvo
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