BRIGHTON, Mass – Second-year defenseman Matt Grzelcyk has been in and out of the lineup a bit since the Bruins regained full health on their back end six weeks ago and he’ll be out again for the Saturday matinee against the Los Angeles Kings.
Grzelcyk has a lower-body injury that he played through in the Thursday night loss to the Rangers, but the 25-year-old D-man was missing from Friday practice at Warrior Ice Arena.
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It doesn’t sound serious and Grzelcyk hasn’t been ruled out for the Sunday matinee against the Colorado Avalanche, but it looks as if John Moore will get into the lineup and probably get a look with Charlie McAvoy on Saturday.
“Lower body injury. [Grzelcyk] got through the game in New York and it kind of lingered yesterday after the game,” said Bruce Cassidy. “I don’t think he’ll play tomorrow simply because he was off the ice today and John Moore is healthy. That’s how it’s trending, but that’s my guess how it will go.”
Otherwise, the Bruins are going to stick with their forward changes up from the Thursday loss with David Pastrnak skating with David Krejci and Peter Cehlarik on the second line, and Danton Heinen getting bumped up to the top line with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand.
Tuukka Rask will get the start in net vs. the Kings while a slumping Jaroslav Halak will get the call against the Avs on Sunday afternoon. Here are the projected line combos and D-pairings based on Friday practice:
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