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McAvoy skates for the second day in a row as he recovers from concussion

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McAvoy skates for the second day in a row as he recovers from concussion

BRIGHTON, Mass – There’s finally some good news on the Charlie McAvoy front as the second-year defenseman has skated for a couple of days in a row after missing three-plus weeks with concussion symptoms. 

McAvoy hasn’t played since an Oct. 18 road loss to Edmonton where he complained of concussion symptoms after the game. Bruins GM Don Sweeney confirmed that diagnosis while the team still seems unsure of exactly when the head injury happened.

McAvoy, 20, skated once briefly two weeks ago, skated again briefly on Friday and then worked pre-morning skate with skating guru Kim Branvold on Saturday at Warrior Ice Arena along with fellow injured Bruins Kevan Miller and Urho Vaakanainen.

“Charlie’s timeline is such that he had some similar issues in and around training camp, but definitively had a conversation coming out of the Edmonton game that he had concussion symptoms. At that point, we sent Charlie home and he’s been in the concussion protocol since then,” said Sweeney. “He’s been progressing, but until we have definitive answers on things we’re going to allow our medical staff to form the correct diagnosis. We’re at the stage where there’s no timeline, but obviously, he’s back on the ice and making progress. We’ll continue to see where that goes.”

McAvoy will miss his ninth and tenth games of the season this weekend when the Bruins face the Maple Leafs and Golden Knights in back-to-back home games, but it will be interesting to see if he takes a West Coast trip with the team next week. That would be a pretty good indication that McAvoy is nearing a return while working his way back into game shape, but he’s still got a few hurdles to surpass in the concussion protocol.

With McAvoy, Vaakanainen and Miller still out and Noel Acciari a healthy scratch for Saturday night vs. the Leafs, here are the projected line combos and D-pairings:

Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak

Nordstrom-Krejci-DeBrusk

Heinen-JFK-Bjork

Wagner-Kuraly-Backes

 
Chara-Carlo

Krug-Moore

Grzelcyk-Kampfer


Halak

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NHL Positional Rankings: Ranking the league's top 10 left wings

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NHL Positional Rankings: Ranking the league's top 10 left wings

Is there a more top-heavy, stacked position in the NHL than left wing where there are three legit Hart Trophy candidates in each of the top three spots with Leon Draisaitl, Brad Marchand and Alex Ovechkin?

Draisaitl has been arguably the best player in the entire NHL this season with his league-leading 44 points in 24 games and has teamed with Connor McDavid in Edmonton to be the best duo in the entire NHL as well. Marchand is on pace for 51 goals and 137 points this season and continues to show that last year’s 100-point season was no fluke. Then there is old standby Alex Ovechkin, who is also on pace for 51 goals this season and could potentially give the position three different players who will put up massive numbers this season. 

Go down the list and there are a number of young up-and-coming forwards really coming into their own like Jonathan Huberdeau, Tyler Bertuzzi and Matthew Tkachuk, but the very tip-tip of this list is the best trio of left wingers that the NHL has produced in a long, long time. 

Bruins injuries: Torey Krug, Brett Ritchie could play Saturday vs. Wild

Bruins injuries: Torey Krug, Brett Ritchie could play Saturday vs. Wild

The Boston Bruins may be getting some reinforcements to their lineup Saturday night against the Minnesota Wild.

Torey Krug hasn't played since Nov. 10 after suffering an upper-body injury against the Philadelphia Flyers, but is probable to play Saturday, according to Bruce Cassidy. Brett Ritchie, who is suffering from an infection issue, also is a possibility against the Wild. 

Patrice Bergeron was given a maintenance day and missed practice Friday. Par Lindholm, who required 18 stitches last night after being cut, has not been ruled out for tomorrow's matchup. 

Defensemen John Moore and Kevan Miller are still a couple weeks from being game-ready.

The 14-3-5 Bruins, who have not lost a regulation game on home ice, will host the struggling 9-11-2 Wild Saturday at 7 p.m. ET. 

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