Bruins center Charlie Coyle’s stay on the league’s COVID list was indeed a short one, as Coyle was removed from the list and will be in action for Friday’s head-to-head with the Capitals.
The B’s are leaving little to the imagination when it comes to Coyle, too, with the Weymouth, Mass. native plugged right back between Trent Frederic and Craig Smith on the Black and Gold’s third line.
The 29-year-old Coyle has five goals and eight points in 19 games this season.
With Coyle cleared and in action, the Bruins removed Sean Kuraly from the lineup. It’s unclear as to why Kuraly will sit, at least in terms of this being a healthy or unhealthy scratch, but Kuraly made the crucial defensive-zone turnover that led to Washington’s lone goal in a 2-1 shootout loss on Wednesday night.
That leaves the Bruins with a fourth line look with Jack Studnicka between Anders Bjork and Chris Wagner.
That will move Jake DeBrusk back up to a second line with Nick Ritchie and David Krejci, while the Bruins’ superhuman first line with Patrice Bergeron between Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak untouched.
The Bruins enter action with a 1-0-2 record against the Capital in 2021.