COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Bruins will be without hard-hitting, physical fourth-line energy guy Noel Acciari for the second straight game with an upper-body injury. That’s the bad news for the Bruins in Game 6 tonight at Nationwide Arena in Columbus.
The good news is that Charlie McAvoy appears perfectly fine after blocking a shot with the inside of his right foot in the closing seconds of Boston’s Game 5 win, and he will be good to go as the B’s attempt to close out the Blue Jackets up 3-2 in the best-of-seven series.
“He plays 25 minutes generally against better players. His puck management has been excellent. I don’t remember any silly plays that have come back at us, so that’s just a sign of maturity. He’s been rock-solid and steady,” said Bruce Cassidy. “Everybody is going to get beat from time-to-time out there, but we just remind him occasionally to play from the middle of the ice out, and that’s that.”
Once again Chris Wagner will fill in for the injured Acciari after the Walpole kid posted a team-high six hits and a couple of blocked shots in 12:32 of ice in the Game 5 win. So the Bruins will go with the exact same lineup from Game 5 as they head into a loud, raucous Columbus arena looking to close out the Blue Jackets in six games, and perhaps earn a couple of days of rest for themselves prior to a date in the Eastern Conference Final.
Here are the Bruins projected line combos and D-pairings vs. the Blue Jackets for Game 6 based on Monday’s morning skate at Nationwide Arena:
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