The Boston Bruins will once again be juggling their lineup on their three-game road trip out West as they’ve been doing all season.
Veteran forward Nick Foligno, who just returned from a lower body injury, is back out of the lineup with an upper body injury and didn’t make the Tuesday afternoon flight with the rest out of the team out West. It looked like Foligno was having trouble with the leg he injured as well during the game, but finally exited shortly after dropping the gloves with Ducks forward Sam Carrick and catching a clean right-handed punch to the chin in Monday night’s loss to Anaheim.
Nick Foligno and Sam Carrick go at it after Foligno and John Gibson exchanged pleasantries: pic.twitter.com/cB7lHvy5w4
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The 34-year-old Foligno has battled through several injuries thus far this season and has one goal and seven points in 26 games for the Black and Gold this season.
Anton Blidh (upper body) has returned to practice and defenseman Matt Grzelcyk (upper body) is skating and feeling better, and the Boston Bruins brought Steven Fogarty, Jesper Froden and goaltender Troy Grosenick up to the taxi squad prior to the road trip. Trent Frederic (upper body) remains out and has not resumed skating with the Boston Bruins to this point.
Meanwhile, Brad Marchand is also clearly playing through an upper body injury while still managing to shoulder is usual workload and maintain his undeniable presence on the ice. Marchand took a maintenance day off the ice on Tuesday, but he’ll be ready to go against the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday night.
“There’s no doubt that he’s playing hurt,” said Cassidy. “And there are guys that have a higher pain tolerance that can play through it and other guys need maintenance…little things – guys are rarely truly 100 percent. I think guys just learned to play through certain injuries over the years. Some nag on longer than others, right?
“I think you can go through the whole locker room, probably find three or four guys that don’t feel 100 percent, but good enough to play and help the team win and give them some minutes.”
Defenseman John Moore (upper body) was feeling better and skating as well, but also didn’t accompany the Boston Bruins on the road trip.