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Grzelcyk (lower body) missing from Bruins practice, expected out Saturday vs. Kings

Grzelcyk (lower body) missing from Bruins practice, expected out Saturday vs. Kings

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.

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:

Marchand-Bergeron-Heinen

Cehlarik-Krejci-Pastrnak

DeBrusk-Frederic-Backes

Acciari-Kuraly-Wagner

 
Chara-Carlo

Moore-McAvoy

Krug-Miller

 
Rask

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Boston Sports Breakfast Pod: Bruins beat down Devils; what do Red Sox need to do to keep Mookie Betts?

Boston Sports Breakfast Pod: Bruins beat down Devils; what do Red Sox need to do to keep Mookie Betts?

Bruins roll through the swamps of Jersey; how do Sox keep Mookie? And, projecting the Pats roster. All on the Boston Sports Breakfast Podcast:

1:20 - The Bruins beat the Devils 5-1 on Thursday. Joe Haggerty breaks down the win and discusses Brad Marchand trashing him on Twitter.

5:50 - Mookie Betts says he doesn’t expect to sign an extension before becoming a free agent, what does this mean for the Red Sox? Lou Merloni gives his opinion.

11:30 - With many questions surrounding the Patriots roster next season, Phil Perry and Albert Breer look into their "crystal ball" and give their Patriots predictions

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Talking Points from the Bruins' 5-1 win over the Devils: Bergeron at his best

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Talking Points from the Bruins' 5-1 win over the Devils: Bergeron at his best

GOLD STAR: Patrice Bergeron is Boston’s best player on most nights and the 5-1 win over the Devils on Thursday night was no different. Bergeron scored a pair of goals to get him 30 on the season and that now makes it all three members of the Perfection Line that have scored 30 or more for the second season in a row. Bergeron finished with the two goals, three points and a plus-4 rating in 17:10 of ice time and finished with four shots on net and won 9 of 19 on face-offs. It was Bergeron who got the Bruins on the board first and it was Bergeron who won the face-off in the offensive zone that led to the game-winning goal for David Pastrnak. Truthfully, he was all over the place and the best player on the ice.

BLACK EYE: Damon Severson has enjoyed some pretty good games against the Bruins as a New Jersey defenseman, but Thursday night was not one of them. Instead, Severson was on the ice for three Bruins goals, turned over four pucks in his more than 23 minutes of ice time and really didn’t make many positive plays. Certainly, Severson wasn’t the only one who struggled in a 5-1 loss where things really caved in for the Devils in the third period, but he was one of the worst offenders for a New Jersey team just struggling to get to the finish line.

TURNING POINT: The Bruins were already in the driver’s seat, leading 2-1 after two periods. But New Jersey had scored in the second half of the second period to halve the lead and it appeared that there would be a competitive game in the third period. But the Bruins picked up the pace in the third while outshooting the Devils 11-7 and scored three unanswered goals that blew the Devils right out of the water. The first was a big Danton Heinen goal that started with a Sean Kuraly blocked shot and then Bergeron and Backes kicked in two more goals to close things out.

HONORABLE MENTION: David Pastrnak looked a tiny bit rusty in his Tuesday night return to the Bruins lineup after missing the last month-plus with a thumb injury, but that was gone Thursday night. It was Pastrnak who fed Bergeron for the Bruins first goal, and then Pastrnak scored a tap-in for the game-winner in the second period after a Bergeron face-off win in the offensive zone set everything up. In all, Pastrnak finished with a goal, two points and a plus-2 in 15:51 of ice time, along with five shot attempts and a couple of hits. Even better, it looked as if Pastrnak’s game was pretty much back to normal with no complications from the splint on his left hand.

BY THE NUMBERS: 90 – the number of points for Brad Marchand after collecting three more assists. There's an outside chance of his first 100-point season if he can avoid any late-season disciplinary trouble.  

QUOTE TO NOTE: "A lot of good read-and-react plays. We could have had a few more [goals]. The chemistry was definitely back.” –Bergeron, to reporters in New Jersey about things beginning to click with Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak in their second game back together again. 

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