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Injury Report Grows As Bruins Take On Red Hot Panthers

Published March 15, 2018 at 12:55
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"Boston Bruins 96 pts (44-16-8)@Florida Panthers 75 pts (34-26-7)

7:30 p.m. ET
BB&T Center – Sunrise, FL
TV: NESN
Radio: 98.5 FM The Sports Hub

Season Series/Schedule
Date      Game                    GWG
3/15       BOS @ FLA         
3/31       FLA @ BOS         
4/5         BOS @ FLA         
4/8         FLA @ BOS         

Team Leaders
Bruins                                                                   Panthers
Brad Marchand, 72          Points                   Aleksander Barkov, 69
Brad Marchand, 30          Goals                    Vincent Trocheck, 26
Brad Marchand, 42          Assists                  Aleksander Barkov, 44


The Bruins already had a tough game on their hands at the Florida Panthers without Patrice Bergeron and Charlie McAvoy out of the lineup. 

Things will be even tougher as both Zdeno Chara and Jake DeBrusk will be out of action too.

Head coach Bruce Cassidy confirmed that Chara and DeBrusk will miss tonight's game as well as Saturday's contest at the Tampa Bay Lightning with upper-body injuries.  Anton Blidh and Paul Postma were recalled from the Providence Bruins and have joined the team in Florida.

Torey Krug, who was also injured during Tuesday's game at the Carolina Hurricanes, was on the ice this morning and will be a game-time decision.  If he can't go, Postma will draw in.

The Panthers have been one of the hottest teams in the NHL of late, going 8-1-1 over this last 10 games.  This late season surge has them just four points out of the second wild card spot.  It is starting to look like the final playoff spots will come down to the Panthers, Philadelphia Flyers, Columbus Blue Jackets and New Jersey Devils fighting it out for three spots. 

Probable Bruins Lineup
FORWARDS
Brad Marchand - Riley Nash - David Pastrnak
Danton Heinen - David Krejci - Rick Nash
Tommy Wingels - David Backes - Brian Gionta
Tim Schaller - Sean Kuraly - Noel Acciari

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Nick Holden - Kevan Miller
Torey Krug - Adam McQuaid
Matt Grzelcyk - Brandon Carlo

GOALTENDER
Anton Khudobin (15-5-4, 2.48 GAA, .918 save %, 1 SO)

INJURY REPORT
LW-Anders Bjork (shoulder) out, C-Patrice Bergeron (foot) out, D-Charlie McAvoy (MCL) out, LW-Jake DeBrusk (upper-body) out, D-Zdeno Chara (upper-body) out

Probable Panthers Lineup
FORWARDS
Evgeny Dadonov - Aleksander Barkov - Nick Bjugstad
Jonathan Huberdeau - Vincent Trocheck - Frank Vatrano
Jamie McGinn - Jared McCann - Denis Malgin
Maxim Mamin - Derek MacKenzie - Colton Sceviour

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Keith Yandle - Aaron Ekblad
Michael Matheson - Mark Pysyk
MacKenzie Weegar - Alex Petrovic

GOALTENDER
James Reimer (16-13-5, 3.16 GAA, .907 save %, 2 SO)

INJURY REPORT
None
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