Boston Bruins

Ryan Donato is officially getting his first taste of NHL action on Monday night. The talented 21-year-old forward will make his Bruins debut at TD Garden against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Head coach Bruce Cassidy confirmed to reporters after practice that Donato, who will wear jersey number 17, will play left wing on the third line. Noel Acciari will play center with Brian Gionta on the right. Cassidy added that Donato will also get playing time on the power play.

Based on a tweet from the Boston Globe’s Fluto Shinzawa at the pre-game skate, Donato’s PP time could come on the top unit with Brad Marchand, David Pastrnak, Rick Nash, and Torey Krug. Here are the complete line rushes from Monday’s skate:

Cassidy also said that Patrice Bergeron (foot) remains day-to-day and won’t play on Monday against the Blue Jackets or on Wednesday at the St. Louis Blues. The same goes for captain Zdeno Chara, who is recovering from an upper body injury.

The Jackets (39-28-5, 83 points) enter Monday night’s game in Boston as the hottest team in the NHL. They’ve won seven straight and eight out of 10. So no matter who takes the ice for the Bruins, they’ll have another tough test in front of them.

But it’s hard not to get excited for Donato’s debut, if only to see what the top prospect can do as he kicks off his NHL career.

— By Matt Dolloff,

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