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Bruins Stanley Cup Final Pre-Game 1 Report: Marchand, Krejci And Chara Good To Go

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As he did on Sunday at Stanley Cup Final Media Day, Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy told the media that despite Brad Marchand taking a maintenance day on Sunday and missing practice, the pesky and skilled winger will be good to go for Game 1 Monday night (8:23 PM ET, NBC), at TD Garden in Boston. Bruins captain Zdeno Chara – who missed Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final with an undisclosed injury – will be in the lineup, as will center David Krejci, who missed an intrasquad scrimmage Thursday and practice Saturday with an illness.

“[Zdeno] Chara will decide if he should get in there or not,” Cassidy joked having some fun with the media after his team’s gameday skate. “No, same thing. Tuukka [Rask] is starting. Everybody that finished [Game 4 at Carolina] up front, I believe we have the same 12 forwards. Yeah, and [defenseman] Johnny Moore will be out. Zee’s back in.”

Cassidy also told the media that he will match up his best 200-foot player, Patrice Bergeron up against Blues center Brayden Schenn and the Blues’ top line of Jaden Schwartz-Schenn-Vladimir Tarasenko.

Here’s what each roster should look like for Game 1:

Bruins

Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak

DeBrusk-Krejci-Backes

Johansson-Coyle-Heinen

Nordstrom-Kuraly-Acciari

Chara-McAvoy

Krug-Carlo

Grzelcyk-Clifton

Gagne-Bergeron Pro-Am

Rask

 

Blues

Forwards

Schwartz – Schenn – Tarasenko
Blais – O’Reilly – Perron
Maroon – Bozak – Thomas
Barbashev – Sundqvist – Steen

Defense

Edmundson – Pietrangelo
Bouwmeester – Parayko
Gunnarsson – Bortuzzo

Goalie

Binnington

 

With 20 years of experience (SiriusXM NHL Network Radio, ESPNBoston, NESN, NHL.com, 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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