The Bruins’ depth continues to be put to the test down the stretch. On defense, they face one of their toughest tests of the season, with their top-2 left-shot defensemen both out against the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night at TD Garden.
Based on the practice lines at Warrior Ice Arena, the Bruins will slide Derek Forbort back into the No. 1 spot on the left side with Charlie McAvoy, and keep their second pairing the same with Mike Reilly and Brandon Carlo. It’s on the third pairing where the real challenge comes, as they will roll with Connor Clifton and Josh Brown – both right shots.
The lineup shuffling comes as both Hampus Lindholm (lower body) and Matt Grzelcyk miss the game due to injury. Grzelcyk injured his upper body during the Bruins’ 4-2 loss to the Washington Capitals on Sunday. Bruins head coach said after practice Tuesday that Grzelcyk is feeling “a little better,” but hopes to get him back for Thursday’s game against the Ottawa Senators, per Conor Ryan.
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Up front, David Pastrnak remains out with an upper body injury. Newcomer Marc McLaughlin will fill in for him on the second line. Everything is back in its right place on the third line with Trent Frederic back in the lineup, while on the fourth they will go with a trio of LW Nick Foligno, C Tomas Nosek, and RW Curtis Lazar.
The Bruins and Blues face off at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday night. You can get the call of the game on 98.5 The Sports Hub, starting with pregame coverage at 6:30.
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