BRIGHTON, Mass – It looks like sitting out the NHL All-Star break wasn’t enough time for Bruins fourth liner Noel Acciari to heal up the lower body injury that forced him to miss last week’s win over the Ottawa Senators.
Acciari was again missing from Monday’s practice at Warrior Ice Arena, and will miss his second straight game against the Anaheim Ducks at home on Tuesday night.
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“Noel is kind of fighting his way through a lower body [injury], so we kept him off,” said Cassidy. “I don’t know if he’ll play tomorrow since he’s not skating today, so we’ll see where he is moving forward after tomorrow. I’ll put him day-to-day for sure. It’s just something that’s not coming around as quick as we’d like, so we’ll give him some more time.”
Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy indicated that Frank Vatrano would be the choice to again step in for Acciari on the fourth line after an up-and-down return to the lineup vs. Ottawa. Likewise, Anders Bjork was again recalled from Providence on an emergency basis and would also step into the Bruins lineup after an affective return stepping in for the suspended Brad Marchand.
Interesting to note, however, that Danton Heinen was the one getting the call on the top left wing in place of Marchand, and that meant he’ll probably get a look with Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak against Anaheim. One thing Cassidy did confirm is that B’s backup Anton Khudobin will start against his old Anaheim Ducks teammates on Tuesday night, and that Tuukka Rask is expected to get the next two outs on Thursday (Blues) and Saturday (Maple Leafs) night.
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Here are the line combos and D-pairings from Monday’s practice with a few pieces moved around given that Acciari, Marchand and Charlie McAvoy are all expected to miss Tuesday night’s tilt:
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while not at all minding a Tampa/Vegas Stanley Cup Final, though I think Winnipeg still has a few cards up their sleeve to play.
*Boston University head hockey coach Dave Quinn will be the latest to jump from the college ranks to the NHL ranks as he’s headed to New York as the Rangers head coach. A tough call for Quinn, who could have stayed at BU as a lifetime gig, but the presence of people like Jeff Gorton and Chris Drury and the high-profile nature of the Rangers gig certainly must have made it too difficult to pass up.
*Marian Hossa is sadly calling it a hockey career after a skin condition sidelined him a couple of years ago, and will be joining the Chicago Blackhawks organization.
*Interesting Q&A with Vegas Golden Knights GM George McPhee about the Stanley Cup dreams in Vegas, and what it’s been like to watch the organization grow this season.
*A brand new coach’s corner with Don Cherry talking about the importance of goaltending at this time of year with both Marc-Andre Fleury and Andrei Vasilevskiy standing out right now.
*Ryan Callahan has inspired the Tampa Bay Lightning with his courageous play this season, and has certainly been a difference-maker on the fourth line for the Bolts.
*Wondering what’s going on with the Philadelphia Flyers? Here’s a mailbag to keep you up to date with it all.
Boston University hockey coach David Quinn has agreed to a five-year, $12 million contract to become the New York Rangers coach, according to an ESPN report.
Quinn, 51, replaced college hockey legend Jack Parker at BU in 2013 and was 105-67-21 with the Terriers, reaching three NCAA regional finals with a runner-up finish for the national championship in 2015. Parker won 897 games in 40 years at BU, the third-most all-time and most for a coach at a single school.
Rangers assistant GM Chris Drury and veteran defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk played at BU. Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada and Bob McKenzie of TSN had each tweeted that Quinn was the leading candidate to replace Alain Vigneault as Rangers coach. Vigneault was fired the day after the regular season ended. New York finished 34-39-9 and last in the Metropolitan Division.
The Rangers traded away veterans, including winger Rick Nash to the Bruins, at the trade deadline as they fell out of the playoff race and will likely try to rebuild with younger players under Quinn.