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Acciari Healthy But Won’t Play In Game 3; Brind’Amour Not Revealing Starting Goalie



Noel Acciari

Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy hinted Monday that even if forward Noel Acciari was cleared to go for Game 3 Tuesday night (8 PM ET, NBCSN) at Carolina, he might not change the lineup due to how well his team has been playing. The Bruins are coming off a 6-2 win in Game 2 Sunday and have now won five straight games, and Cassidy confirmed Tuesday morning that Acciari is healthy, but he will remain out of the lineup for what he termed “coach’s decision.” Here’s what the Bruins will look like when they take the ice at PNC Arena in Raleigh tonight for Game 3.

Marchand – Bergeron – Pastrnak

DeBrusk – Krejci – Backes

Johansson – Coyle – Heinen

Nordstrom – Kuraly – Wagner

Chara – McAvoy

Krug – Carlo

Grzelcyk – Clifton



As for the Hurricanes, after goalie Peter Mrazek was lit up for 11 goals in Games 1 and 2, everyone has been wondering on who would get the nod between the pipes for the Canes in Game 3. On Tuesday morning, head coach Rod Brind’Amour decided he’d play a little cat and mouse with the media and of course his opponent, the Bruins. When asked if he would make a switch to Curtis McElhinney he promptly replied:

“Yep. … I can’t be the guy that does that, right? I know who we’re starting, but I guess you’ll have to wait and see. Sorry.”

Brind’Amour did say that forwards Jordan Martinook and Saku Maenalanen will be a game-time decisions.

Here’s what the lineup in front of whoever starts could look like for the Canes in Game 3:









Fleury-de Haan



With 20 years of experience (SiriusXM NHL Network Radio, ESPNBoston, NESN,, etc.) covering the Bruins, the NHL, NCAA and junior hockey and more, Jimmy Murphy’s hockey black book is full of Hall of Famers, current players, coaches, management, scouts and a wide array of hockey media personalities that have lived in and around this great game. For 17 of his 20 years as a hockey and sports reporter, Murph covered the Bruins on essentially a daily basis covering their victorious 2011 Stanley Cup run and their 2013 run to the Final as well. Murphy has hosted national and local radio shows and podcasts and also has experience in TV as well.

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