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Froden Will ‘See How It Works Out’ Drawing In For Boston Bruins

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Boston Bruins winger Jesper Froden will draw in for the B’s against the San Jose Sharks at the SAP Center on Saturday night.

A spot opened up among the Bruins forward group when Curtis Lazar suffered an upper body injury in Thursday night’s win over the Seattle Kraken. The Bruins had options to go with Froden in a move that would allow Nick Foligno to stay on his natural left side rather than opt for fourth line energy winger Anton Blidh.

“[Froden] played one game earlier this year up in New York and it wasn’t a very good game to kind of rate his game, simply because it was one of those COVID games where we weren’t sharp and a bit fatigued,” said Bruce Cassidy of the undrafted 27-year-old Swedish winger signed over the summer, who has 12 goals and 27 points in 37 games for the P-Bruins this season. “Let’s put him in tonight. He plays more of an offensive role in Providence, but let’s put him there for now and see how it works out. We’ll give that line a guy that’s a little more creative than they are used to.”

Froden had two shots on net in 12:59 of ice time in the loss to the New York Islanders back in December right before the B’s were shut down by the NHL due to a COVID outbreak.

It will be interesting to see if Froden gets some run at the right wing spot with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand given his skill set, and that those three forwards played together a bit during training camp to good effect. But it’s tough to argue with the production from Jake DeBrusk in that spot with four goals in the last three games while red-hot offensively at a time when trade chatter is heating up around the NHL.

Otherwise, the Boston Bruins lineup will be the same with rookie Jeremy Swayman getting the start while in an incredibly hot stretch of goaltending since coming back up to Boston to replace the since-retired Tuukka Rask. Swayman is 3-1-1 with a 1.35 goals against average and a .953 save percentage in five games in the month of February while working back into a rhythm with normal tandem partner Linus Ullmark.

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Joe Haggerty has covered the Boston Bruins and the NHL for 18 years with NBC Sports Boston, WEEI.com, the Boston Metro and the Woburn Daily Times, and currently serves as lead Bruins reporter and columnist for Boston Hockey Now. Haggs always strives to capture the spirt of the thing any way that he can.

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