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Bruins: Jake DeBrusk not practicing on Friday, David Backes re-enters lineup

Bruins: Jake DeBrusk not practicing on Friday, David Backes re-enters lineup

Jake DeBrusk suffered an apparent injury against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night. The Boston Bruins second-line winger was chasing down Mitch Marner on a shorthanded breakaway when he hooked Marner with his stick. Marner drew a penalty shot as a result while DeBrusk crashed into the board.

DeBrusk had trouble getting up, and he left the game for a brief period of time before returning. However, he did get up slowly a few times in the third period after taking some hits.

According to the Bruins' official Twitter, DeBrusk was not practicing on Friday.

With DeBrusk out of the practice lineup, David Backes returned to the lineup. He skated on the third line along with Charlie Coyle and Danton Heinen while Marcus Johansson moved up to DeBrusk's left wing spot on the second line. If DeBrusk has to miss the team's second game on Saturday afternoon, Backes will almost certainly re-enter the lineup after being a healthy scratch in Game 1.

Here are the line combinations and defensive pairings that the Bruins used with DeBrusk sidelined.

Marchand – Bergeron - Pastrnak
Johansson – Krejci – Kuhlman
Heinen – Coyle – Backes
Nordstrom – Acciari – Wagner

Chara – McAvoy
Krug – Carlo
Grzelcyk – Kampfer/Clifton

Rask
Halak

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Highlights of the Bruins' 3-2 preseason loss to the Blackhawks

Highlights of the Bruins' 3-2 preseason loss to the Blackhawks

FINAL SCORE: Blackhawks 3, Bruins 2 (OT)

IN BRIEF: Swedish free-agent signee Par Lindholm scored his first goal with the Bruins but Patrick Kane's goal in overtime gave the Blackhawks a 3-2 preseason victory over the B's in Chicago. Ryan Fitzgerald scored the other Bruins goal. BOX SCORE 

BRUINS PRESEASON RECORD: 1-0-2

HIGHLIGHTS:

PATRICK KANE'S OT WINNER:

SWEDISH CONNECTION: OSKAR STEEN TO PAR LINDHOLM IN 3RD:

BRANDON SAAD BEATS MAXIME LEGACE FOR CHICAGO LEAD:

B'S RYAN FITZGERALD TIES IT AT 1 ON A PENALTY SHOT:

DYLAN STROME ON THE POWER PLAY GETS HAWKS ON BOARD:


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Vs. Flyers, Monday, 7 p.m., NESN Plus

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Brandon Carlo, Charlie McAvoy make their preseason debuts after brief holdouts

Brandon Carlo, Charlie McAvoy make their preseason debuts after brief holdouts

BRIGHTON, Mass – It didn’t take long for young D-men Brandon Carlo and Charlie McAvoy to get back into the flow after their brief holdouts. Both youngsters will suit up for their first action of the preseason on Saturday night as both Carlo and McAvoy will be in the Bruins lineup when they headed to the United Center to take on the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night.

Both players only missed a handful of practices at the beginning of camp before signing their respective second NHL contracts, and needless to say they are excited to get back into the swing of things.

“I’m looking forward to it,” said McAvoy. “It really doesn’t take long to get back into the flow and into the routine of coming to the rink every day, going about your business and doing the things you do. Then you start feeling comfortable and getting back. I’m excited to get back on the road with the guys. There’s a couple of new faces, so you get to meet new guys and play with new guys. It’s fun. I’m excited to see if I can get some chemistry with some guys tonight.”

Certainly the appearance of both McAvoy and Carlo on the game roster so quickly also speaks to the excellent shape they arrived in training camp ready to hit the ice running. 

Bruce Cassidy indicated that Saturday night will probably mark the end of training camp for a number of players with expected to come in the 24-48 hours following the exhibition game in Chicago. It makes perfect sense timing-wise given that the Bruins coaching staff wanted to give their veteran core time to ease into things over the first 10 days of training camp, and Providence Bruins training camp begins on Monday with a number of players headed to Rhode Island as the first round of camp cuts begin to take shape.

Here's the roster of players headed to Chicago for Saturday night’s game, which will be the final appearance in NHL training camp for a number of these players:

Forwards: Anders Bjork, Par Lindholm, Brett Ritchie, Jakub Lauko, Trent Frederic, Karson Kuhlman, Paul Carey, Oskar Steen, Ryan Fitzgerald, Brendan Gaunce, Pavel Shen, Peter Cehlarik, Samuel Asselin

Defensemen: Charlie McAvoy, Brandon Carlo, Matt Grzelcyk, Steven Kampfer, Jakub Zboril, Wiley Sherman, Cooper Zech

Goaltenders: Maxime Lagace, Kyle Keyser, Dan Vladar

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