Boston Bruins

By Ty Anderson,

The 2018-19 Boston Bruins just simply refuse to get healthy.

One day after the Bruins saw the return of Jake DeBrusk and defensemen Zdeno Chara and Kevan Miller after their lengthy absences from the ice, the Bruins skated through a Friday practice at Warrior Ice Arena without winger Brad Marchand and placed defender Charlie McAvoy on injured reserved retroactive to the start of the week.

And the initial word on Marchand, who took a stick to the throat on his first shift of the night and was on the receiving end of a hard hit from the Devils’ Travis Zajac late in the third period of Thursday’s 5-2 loss, didn’t seem to bode well for his availability Saturday night in Buffalo against Jack Eichel and the Sabres.

“Wasn’t feeling well today again,” Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy said of Marchand. “We’ll have a much better idea on him [Saturday]. Doesn’t look likely for [Buffalo], would be my guess, but he’s traveling with us.”

Cassidy also noted that Marchand has been feeling under the weather, too, which only complicates things further.

The 30-year-old Marchand ranks second among Boston skaters with 41 points through 38 games.

McAvoy’s latest setback, meanwhile, comes in a season in which the 21-year-old has been limited to just 17 games, largely due concussion woes that put him on the shelf for 20 games.

Still, the Bruins hope he’ll be ready to go for the 2019 NHL Winter Classic at Notre Dame.

“McAvoy’s traveling [with the team],” Cassidy noted. “There is ice in Notre Dame, outdoors and indoors. He’ll have the chance to get back on skates. I can’t tell you what day that will be.”

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Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for He has also been a voting member of the Boston Chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association since 2013. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those¬†of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Yell at him on Twitter¬†@_TyAnderson.