Jake DeBrusk Is Back Versus The Panthers

Published March 31, 2018 at 12:24

The Bruins are back in second place of the Atlantic Division after the Tampa Bay Lightning's win on Friday night. 

This afternoon they host the Florida Panthers, a team they will see three times between now and the end of the season next weekend.

The difference in finishing in first or second in the division is playing either the New Jersey Devils or Panthers or the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round. 

Jake DeBrusk will return to the lineup today. This will be his first game action since March 13.  Brian Gionta will be a healthy scratch to make rook for DeBrusk.

Head coach Bruce Cassidy met with the media this morning and gave an update on some of his other injured players. 

Defenseman Zdeno Chara and Charlie McAvoy will not play today but will travel with the team on their three-game road trip to Philadelphia, Tampa and Florida.

Rick Nash will not travel with the team and it is still to be determined if Sean Kuraly does.

Probable Bruins Lineup

Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - David Pastrnak
Jake DeBrusk - David Krejci - Ryan Donato
Danton Heinen - Riley Nash - David Backes
Tim Schaller - Noel Acciari - Tommy Wingels

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

Tuukka Rask (33-11-5, 2.31 GAA, .918 save %, 3 SO)


LW-Anders Bjork (shoulder) out,
D-Charlie McAvoy (knee) out,
D-Zdeno Chara (undisclosed) out,
RW-Rick Nash (upper-body) out,
C-Sean Kuraly (upper-body) out

Probable Panthers Lineup

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

Keith Yandle - Aaron Ekblad
Michael Matheson - Mark Pysyk
Mackenzie Weegar - Alex Petrovic

Roberto Luongo (15-11-2, 2.60 GAA, .926 save %, 3 SO)
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