The Boston Bruins will get reinforcements on the back end and to their forward group Tuesday night against the New Jersey Devils.
After Boston Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo and winger Brad Marchand skated with their team during the pregame skate Tuesday morning and then spoke to the media, Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy confirmed to reporters Tuesday morning that both will be in the lineup when the Bruins try to atoner for another 1-0 loss to the Devils in a second of their two-game set at TD Garden.
Carlo hasn’t played since he was on the receiving end of a headshot from Washington Capitals winger Tom Wilson on March 5 in a game that the Boston Bruins won 5-1. Carlo wound up with a concussion and missed the last ten games and Wilson wound up with a seven-game suspension. On Tuesday morning, Carlo discussed the effects of the concussion in the immediate aftermath of the hit but said he holds no ill-will against Wilson for the hit. Now it’s time to move on and play again.
“I’m super excited to get back and play,” he said. “I’ve had enough to of the viewing party from level nine. I’m excited to get back out there and help and be an enthusiastic voice on the bench.”
Carlo was skating with his normal defense partner Matt Grzelcyk Tuesday morning and Marchand was back on ‘The Perfection Line’ with Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak.
#NHLBruins morning rushes:
Marchand – Bergeron – Pastrnak
Ritchie – Krejci – Smith
Bjork – Coyle – Senyshyn
Blidh – Frederic – Kuhlman
Lauzon – McAvoy
Grzelcyk – Carlo
Zboril – Clifton
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) March 30, 2021
Unlike Carlo, Marchand wasn’t out of the lineup due to injury but rather the NHL’s strict COVID Protocol. The Bruins alternate captain, who said he had four consecutive false positives, admitted it was frustrating being completely healthy and unable to play in the last two games.
“It was unfortunate, but at least I’m back in the lineup tonight,” he said. “I’m looking forward to being back on the ice with the guys. It’s frustrating, but it’s part of what’s going on right now. You never want to miss a game. But every team is going through it.”
Forward Jake DeBrusk and Sean Kuraly remained on the NHL COVID Protocol List.
The Boston Bruins will look to beat the Devils for the first time since their season opener in New Jersey on January 14.