Boston Bruins

Bruins trade deadline addition Nick Holden has yet to crack the lineup. But it appears that the veteran defenseman could get his first shot on Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Head coach Bruce Cassidy intimated to reporters after practice on Wednesday that Holden has a better chance to make his Bruins debut on Thursday against the Penguins than he did against the Hurricanes.

“There’s a chance [Holden plays],” Cassidy said. “[Thursday] is more probable than [Tuesday].”

Holden himself said he’s “chomping at the bit” and “hopeful” to get into the lineup for Thursday’s contest, which Cassidy described as a “measuring stick” game against the defending Stanley Cup champion Penguins.

The defenseman scored 12 points and averaged 18:39 of ice time in 55 games with the Rangers. For those wondering what’s taking so long for Holden, whom the Bruins acquired for Rob O’Gara and a third-round pick before the trade deadline, to get into the lineup … well, you may finally get your first glimpse on Thursday.

— By Matt Dolloff,

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