The puck is about to drop on the Stanley Cup playoffs for the Boston Bruins as they will host the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first game of the long-awaited series. However, there is still a lot of work getting done as it seems head coach Bruce Cassidy made a tough decision on Wednesday after practice.
During Bruins practices both on Monday and Wednesday, veteran forward David Backes was not assigned to a specific line, which hinted at him being a healthy scratch in Game 1 agains the Maple Leafs.
The day before Cassidy hinted at the reason why he might sit Backes for the first contest, explaining he needed his fastest players on the ice against the Leafs.
"I think the first game we’re looking at probably dressing our fastest lineup.
“We’ve got a couple more days to decide and sort through it, but that’s kind of the direction we’re going, so that might keep Backes out of Game 1,” Cassidy explained on the air of 98.5 The Sports Hub’s “Toucher and Rich".
Fans are quick to note that Backes and his $6 million salary will watch the game from the press pox, which has anger many of them. It will be the first time in his career that he is a healthy scratch for the postseason.
After practice, Cassidy also noted that there wouldn't be much surprise on his lineup choices for Game 1. Take a look:
Marchand - Bergeron - Pastrnak
DeBrusk - Krejci - Kuhlman
Johansson - Coyle - Heinen
Nordstrom - Acciari - Wagner
Chara - McAvoy
Krug - Carlo
Grzelcyk - Clifton/Kampfer
It was also reported that Backes almost injured his teammate and star defenseman Charlie McAvoy during practice this morning. McAvoy got tangled uo with Backes and twisted his knee on the play. He however finished practice and told reporters everything was good afterwards.
Yeah, maybe the Bruins are taking a wise decision to take him off the ice...