By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
RALEIGH — Noel Acciari has been given a clean bill of health.
But the 27-year-old banger is not going to draw back into action for Tuesday’s Game 3 against the Hurricanes, as Bruce Cassidy will keep Acciari in the press box with what he’s called a “coach’s decision.”
No, it’s not a result of Acciari staying out past curfew for some late-night Raleigh eats or missing a team function of any sort, but rather Cassidy’s desire to simply give Acciari some extra time to get himself back closer to 100 percent.
“He’s cleared, but we’ll give him the extra two days,” Cassidy said. “And we’ll evaluate [him] then.
“We’ve changed our lineup after wins and after losses. We just kind of do that based on who the opponent is, what’s best for our guys that day, is the game tilted towards physicality or pace.”
Oh, and there’s also the fact that this lineup has managed just fine through the first two games of this third-round series, outscoring Carolina 11-4, and with the fourth line of Joakim Nordstrom-Sean Kuraly-Chris Wagner providing enough jam to hang with an undeniably physical Carolina bottom-six battalion.
“I think [David] Backes and [Chris] Wagner both bring what some of Noel does, so we’re OK there,” Cassidy continued. “Noel does a little bit more on the penalty kill, so we’ll have to make sure we’re up to speed there. But at the end of the day those other guys have fit in well, so we’re going to stick with it.”
Defensemen John Moore (upper-body) and Kevan Miller (lower-body) also remain out of action for the Bruins. The good news there is that Moore was on the ice well after the B’s wrapped up their skate, while Miller was seen in the building.
The Bruins are going for a 3-0 series lead tonight against Rod Brind’Amour and the ‘Canes.