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Milan Lucic says Brad Marchand would 'stir the pot' to fire up Bruins

Milan Lucic says Brad Marchand would 'stir the pot' to fire up Bruins

It's been about five years since Milan Lucic donned the Spoked B, but there's one thing he'll never forget -- Brad Marchand's antics. 

Lucic has admitted to lacking motivation over the past couple of years, according to SportsNet's Eric Francis, and noted that having a pest alongside him has helped him find motivation in the past. When bringing up Calgary Flames' new-age pest Matthew Tkachuk, Lucic immediately recounted memories of Marchand -- comparing him to the 21-year-old Tkachuk.

“Sometimes we had (Marchand) get the boys fired up by stirring the pot on the ice," Lucic said according to Francis. "You need that sometimes to get you going. Especially in an 82-game schedule, it helps.”

“Marchy is a winner and proven guy now – I think Tkachuk can be the same type of thing,” Lucic said. 

Marchand is notorious for his pest-like behavior, but it's interesting to hear Lucic say an attitude like that can get you going, especially considering the Bruins winger has been told multiple times to knock it off. 

From licking Ryan Callahan and Leo Komarov, to provoking Carolina Hurricanes captain Justin Williams (into taking a penalty) during the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Marchand can be both an asset and detriment to his team. Over the past few years, though, he's been much more of an asset -- tallying 185 points ( 70 goals, 115 assists) through 147 games played through the last two seasons.

Although the 31-year-old has dialed it down, he's very unpredictable -- so we'll more than likely be seeing some foul play on the ice this season.

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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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