With just under two hours to puck drop for their 1 PM matinee against the New York Rangers, the Boston Bruins announced that forward Jake DeBrusk has been put on the NHL COVID Protocol List and will not play today.
Head coach Bruce Cassidy also told the media in a morning Zoom call that forward Brad Marchand – who missed practice on Friday – will ‘likely play’ today in the second of a two-game set against the Blueshirts.
After he was a healthy scratch Tuesday, DeBrusk responded with a goal and an assist in a 4-0 Boston Bruins win over the Rangers Thursday. A ticked-off DeBrusk seemed poise to go on a run to silence the critics who rode him on his latest goalless drought of seven games.
“I know what I need to do, but there’s been a lot of articles. So, you guys can probably figure it out too, to be honest with you,” said DeBrusk. “It’s my job to be the best I can be every single day. I’m a pretty easy target at the moment. I understand the territory and it’s pretty much warranted. I get that. But I take it personally. Who wouldn’t?
Anytime you get scratched it stings. I was beyond frustrated already at that point, and it was a nice little reset for me because I knew I was going to come with some heat today. I need to bring that consistently. The reason I played the way I did tonight was because I was pissed off. I think I need to keep that. The game is over, and everybody is happy, and it’s a different narrative now because I scored. But I’m keeping that [anger]. It’s not going away.”
DeBrusk has two goals and four assists in 18 games this season.
Cassidy also informed the media that defenseman Kevan Miller (knee) will travel to Pittsburgh for a back-to-back against the Penguins Monday and Tuesday.