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:
Schwartz – Schenn – Tarasenko
Blais – O’Reilly – Perron
Maroon – Bozak – Thomas
Barbashev – Sundqvist – Steen
Edmundson – Pietrangelo
Bouwmeester – Parayko
Gunnarsson – Bortuzzo