Boston Bruins

Boston Bruins

Boston Bruins

Feb 1, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak (88) celebrates with left wing Taylor Hall (71), defenseman Charlie McAvoy (73), center Patrice Bergeron (37) after scoring a goal against the Seattle Kraken during the third period at the TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

After a month and a half on the shelf, and after repeated ‘close but not close enough just yet’ updates from the coaching and training staff, Bruins winger Taylor Hall will make his triumphant return to action Saturday night at TD Garden.

“Tonight’s the night for Taylor Hall,” Bruins head coach Jim Montgomery confirmed following the team’s morning skate at Warrior Ice Arena. “We’re excited to have him back, [and] we’re gonna use him the way we normally do. I don’t know how much power-play [time] he’s going to get. That will be dependent on how he’s doing.

“Most important is getting him up and running with five-on-five shifts.”

  • On the shelf since suffering a lower-body injury in Boston’s win over the Canucks back on Feb. 25, Hall’s return to action comes with a focus on the 31-year-old getting back into game rhythm between now and the start of the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and with four regular-season games remaining on the B’s schedule.

    “There’s only so much you can simulate in practices,” Hall admitted. “It’s going to help for sure. I’m not sure [if in] Game 1 if I’m going to feel totally 100 percent with my game, but [playing] is going to go a long way towards doing that. It’s just going to be the quick plays, the speed of the game that hopefully I can adjust to tonight.”

    The Bruins do not plan on bringing Hall with them to Philadelphia for tomorrow’s backend of the back-to-back that kicks off at home tonight against the Devils.

    But they will do what they can to help Hall by putting him back with familiar linemates, with Hall expected to skate to the left of Charlie Coyle and Trent Frederic on the third line.

    “I know what to expect with them, and they know what to expect with me,” Hall said of his jump back with Coyle and Frederic. “The key for me tonight is to get my legs under me as soon as I can and make plays when they’re there, and then if they’re not you have to keep it at simple at times, that’s what you do.

    “But when it’s time to make plays, I’m ready to do that and I feel like I’ve worked on my game a lot, and my strength and conditioning is where it needs to be, and I’m excited to prove that in the game.”

    Hall has scored 16 goals and totaled 36 points through 58 games this season.

  • Nov 19, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy (73) congratulates left wing Taylor Hall (71) after his goal against the Chicago Blackhawks during the third period at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

    Nov 19, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy (73) congratulates left wing Taylor Hall (71) after his goal against the Chicago Blackhawks during the third period at TD Garden. (Winslow Townson/USA TODAY Sports)

  • The Bruins will also get a boost on the backend with Charlie McAvoy expected to suit up for tonight’s contest.

    Knocked out of Thursday’s contest after a defensive-zone collision with Patrice Bergeron, McAvoy’s body responded well enough to Friday’s treatment for McAvoy to be on the ice for Saturday’s morning skate and get the green light from Montgomery. Originally hit with an ‘upper-body injury’ designation during the second intermission of Thursday’s game, the Bruins pulled McAvoy from Thursday’s out of an abundance of caution.

    And they applied similar logic before giving him the go-ahead for tonight’s head-to-head with the Devils.

    “Obviously, he has progressed really well,” Montgomery said. “At this point, with where we’re at, we would not be risking anything. So he’s 100 percent.”

  • Jan 4, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA;  Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak (88) reacts with defenseman Charlie McAvoy (73) and left wing Taylor Hall (71) after scoring a goal during the third period against the New Jersey Devils at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

    Jan 4, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak (88) reacts with defenseman Charlie McAvoy (73) and left wing Taylor Hall (71) after scoring a goal against the New Jersey Devils at TD Garden. (Bob DeChiara/USA TODAY Sports)

  • And while the Bruins will get Hall and McAvoy back in action, the Bruins will remain without center David Krejci.

    With Krejci out, former Devils forward Pavel Zacha will remain in the middle of the Black and Gold’s second line with Tyler Bertuzzi and David Pastrnak on the wings.

    Linus Ullmark will get the call in net for the Bruins.

    The Devils come to town with wins in six of their last 10 games.

    A Bruins win tonight would tie the club with the 1995-96 Red Wings and 2018-19 Lightning for the most wins in a single season in NHL history. The Bruins also come into tonight’s game just five points away from matching the single-season points record of 132, which was set by the 1976-77 Canadiens.

  • Mar 21, 2023; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins goaltender Linus Ullmark (35) makes a save in front of Ottawa Senators left wing Brady Tkachuk (7) during the second period at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

    Mar 21, 2023; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins goaltender Linus Ullmark (35) makes a save in front of Ottawa Senators left wing Brady Tkachuk (7) during the second period at TD Garden. (Bob DeChiara/USA TODAY Sports)

Sign me up for the 98.5 The Sports Hub email newsletter!

Get the latest Boston sports news and analysis, plus exclusive on-demand content and special giveaways from Boston's Home for Sports, 98.5 The Sports Hub.

*
*
By clicking "Subscribe" I agree to the website's terms of Service and Privacy Policy. I understand I can unsubscribe at any time.