Close call in Boston.
Bruins star forward Brad Marchand said Tuesday he landed on the NHL’s COVID Protocol Related Absences list over the weekend due to a false positive.
Marchand has been removed from the list and will face the New Jersey Devils later tonight. The Bruins will still be without Jake DeBrusk and Sean Kuraly, who have both been on the list for more than a week.
The Bruins saw two of their games getting postponed after five players, including DeBrusk and Kuraly, tested positive earlier this month.
Marchand would have been a tough loss for the Bruins, who currently sit fourth in their division, nine points behind the Pittsburgh Penguins. They however have played five more games than the Bruins.
Marchand, who missed the Bruins’ 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday, has 12 goals and 34 points in 29 games this season.
He returned to practice this morning. This is what the projected lineup looks like for tonight’ tilt against the Devils:
Marchand – Bergeron – Pastrnak
Ritchie – Krejci – Smith
Bjork – Coyle – Senyshyn
Blidh – Frederic – Kuhlman
Lauzon – McAvoy
Grzelcyk – Carlo
Zboril – Clifton