The Boston Bruins are expected to have familiar faces, and new ones, in their lineup when they drop the puck against the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night with the news that Jarred Tinordi will make his B’s debut, and both Matt Grzelcyk and David Krejci are also expected to come back from injury. Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy said they’ll both have to make it through warm-ups without any issues to get the green light to play, but both are “trending toward being in the lineup” against the Capitals.
That’s excellent news for the Black and Gold headed into an important two-game series against Washington at home as they trail the Capitals and New York Islanders by two points in the East Division with games in hand against both teams.
The 29-year-old Tinordi drove from Nashville to Boston last weekend after being claimed off waivers from the Nashville Predators, and has practiced the last couple of days with his new hockey club.
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The expectation is that the Bruins will get to know him as a player, and what he can do, on the fly while dropping the 6-foot-6 stay-at-home guy into the lineup. He’ll provide some of the bite in the defensive zone that the Bruins have been missing with both Kevan Miller and Jeremy Lauzon currently out of the lineup.
“I wanted to make sure he was in a good place as far as traveling here, getting some reps and feeling comfortable,” said Bruce Cassidy. “[Tinordi] wants to get in, so that’s what we’re going to do. He’s a big body with a long stick, so take care of the front of the net and play your game.”
Grzelcyk has played once since Jan. 28 while dealing with a lower body injury suffered after crashing awkwardly feet-first into the boards and Krejci (upper body) has missed the last four games while sitting out the eventful Lake Tahoe game a couple of weekends ago. Grzelcyk practiced at the point on Boston’s top power play unit during Wednesday’s morning skate at Warrior Ice Arena, and Krejci slid back down to his normal spot on the second PP unit.
Here are the projected Boston Bruins line combos and D-pairings based on Wednesday’s morning skate: