We thought it might happened, and now it has. 

The NHL has announced that Bruins center David Backes has been suspended three games for a high hit on Devils forward Blake Coleman on Thursday night. 

Backes will consequentially miss the Winter Classic, where the Bruins will face off against the Blackhawks at Notre Dame in the NHL's yearly outdoors game. 

Backes has racked up 10 points this season, and while those aren't astounding numbers, his absence will leave the Bruins light on wings, again. 

If Brad Marchand is out for an extended period of time with the injury he sustained on Thursday night, then the Bruins may have to dip into their AHL talent pool to keep the ship afloat. 

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