The Boston Bruins have dealt with some key injuries this postseason, and they saw another scare when Charlie McAvoy limped off in pain in the dying seconds of the team's 4-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 5. McAvoy took a puck off his right skate before coming off, but he is expected to be fine.
Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy confirmed that before the team traveled to Columbus for Game 6. He also gave an update on injured fourth-line forward, Noel Acciari, and called him "day to day" according to the Bruins' official Twitter account.
#NHLBruins coach Bruce Cassidy updating the media before the team’s flight to Columbus:— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) May 5, 2019
Doesn’t anticipate any issues for Charlie McAvoy tomorrow.
Noel Acciari is day to day with an upper-body injury. pic.twitter.com/6TdeUnojUo
While it seems that McAvoy will suit up, Acciari's status is less certain. So far this postseason, Acciari has played in seven games, logging two points. His better contribution has been his physicality and energy, and he has logged 38 hits, including seven in a critical Game 7 against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
If Acciari can't play, it seems likely that Chris Wagner will once again take Acciari's spot on the fourth line. Wagner played in Game 5 after sitting out the previous two games and provided the team with seven hits. However, he had a minus-2 rating when on the ice, and has yet to log a point in the postseason.
Still, Wagner had 19 points (a career-high 12 goals) for the Bruins in the regular season, so perhaps he can regain his form and be a difference maker for the Bruins.
We'll know more about the Bruins' plans for their lineup once they know for certain if Acciari will play. Game 6 will start at 7:00 p.m. and can be seen on NBCSN or streamed on the NBC Sports app.
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