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Minnesota begins four-game road trip; Boston forward Marchand out with upper-body injury

by Matt Kalman / NHL.com Correspondent

WILD (5-5-2) at BRUINS (5-4-3)

7 p.m. ET; TVA Sports, NESN, FS-N, NHL.TV 

 

The Game 

Forward Brad Marchand will be out with an upper-body injury when the Boston Bruins play the Minnesota Wild at TD Garden on Monday.

The Bruins are coming off a 3-2 loss to the Washington Capitals on Saturday, their lone regulation loss in their past seven games (3-1-3).

The Wild start a four-game, six-night road trip after completing a 3-3-0 homestand, which ended with a 2-0 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday.

 

Players to watch

Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon has six points (two goals, four assists) in his past seven games after having three assists in his first five.

Bruins forward David Pastrnak has five points (two goals, three assists) in his past three games, with the two goals each coming against Washington on Saturday.

 

They said it

"I mean hopefully the first game gets the ball rolling again in the right direction. Not going to say if it isn't successful that we're down for the road trip. It would be best if we could be successful tonight." -- Wild coach Bruce Boudreau 

"I think this is the exception, not the rule, obviously around here to have this many guys at the same time. You might have this many injuries but they're spread out. To come all at once is tough but you plug away. I think we've been doing a good job lately of staying in games and finding a formula that can be successful for us." -- Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy

 

Wild projected lineup

Tyler Ennis -- Eric Staal -- Nino Niederreiter

Marcus Foligno -- Mikko Koivu -- Mikael Granlund

Jason Zucker -- Matt Cullen -- Chris Stewart

Daniel Winnik -- Joel Eriksson Ek -- Luke Kunin

Ryan Suter -- Jared Spurgeon

Matt Dumba -- Jonas Brodin

Kyle Quincey -- Mike Reilly

Devan Dubnyk

Alex Stalock

Scratched: Gustav Olofsson

Injured: Zach Parise (back), Charlie Coyle (leg)

 

Bruins projected lineup

Anders Bjork -- Patrice Bergeron -- David Pastrnak

Tim Schaller -- Sean Kuraly -- Danton Heinen

Matt Beleskey -- Riley Nash -- Austin Czarnik

Jake DeBrusk -- Jordan Szwarz -- Frank Vatrano

Zdeno Chara -- Charlie McAvoy

Torey Krug -- Brandon Carlo

Rob O'Gara -- Kevan Miller

Tuukka Rask

Zane McIntyre

Scratched: Paul Postma

Injured: Brad Marchand (upper body), Noel Acciari (finger), Ryan Spooner (groin), Adam McQuaid (leg), David Krejci (upper body), David Backes (diverticulitis), Anton Khudobin (lower body)

 

Status report

The Wild juggled their lines for the morning skate. ... Krejci was placed on injured reserve and McIntyre recalled from Providence of the American Hockey League on an emergency basis. … Chara will play his 833rd game for the Bruins, tying Dit Clapper for fourth most all-time among Boston defensemen.

 

Stat pack

Dubnyk is 2-1-1 with a 1.35 goals-against average and .956 save percentage against the Bruins, including two straight shutouts last season, since he was traded to the Wild from the Arizona Coyotes on Jan. 14, 2015. … Boston has scored at least one power-play goal in seven out of 12 games and is fourth in the NHL at 27.9 percent (12-for-43).

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