Head Coach Claude Julien announced earlier today – after a brief appearance from Brad Marchand during morning skate – that Marchand would be a no-go for tonight’s game versus the St. Louis Blues.
During Saturday’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes, Marchand was noticeably absent from the ice for over 13 minutes in the third period. Following the game, Julien announced that Marchand “wasn’t injured, per se,” but was pulled for cautionary reasons. After Monday’s practice, Julien said that the forward was “probable” for tonight’s game. This morning’s skate saw Marchand take one rush before leaving the ice, with Julien announcing afterwards that he was “not well.”
“He went off the ice, so he won’t be going tonight,” Julien said.
The projected lines for tonight’s game have Matt Fraser slotting in alongside Patrice Bergeron and Reilly Smith.
Center David Krejci took part in his first team skate since November 6th, as he’s been battling an undisclosed injury (rumored to be his hip) that has seen him scratched for the last five games. Julien did not comment on whether or not he would be in the line up for tonight, but if a Providence player isn’t called up, it could be all systems go for Krejci.
Zach Trotman sent back to Providence, per AHL transaction wire. With Miller healthy, leaves 7 defensemen on roster.
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Per Dan Cagen, defenseman Zach Trotman has been sent back to Providence. Kevan Miller was cleared by the team’s medical staff Monday and will be a game-time decision. The Bruins have seven defensemen dressing for tonight’s game, with Trotman gone and Miller healthy.
“We’re going to dress seven D’s here in the warmup, and we’ll make that decision after warmup,” Julien said. “He’ll be part of [that] seven.”