The latest on Bruins’ injuries and illnesses ahead of road trip


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The Bruins’ lineup continues to be in a state of flux due to a variety of injuries and illnesses, but they at least got a little more clarity on Tuesday before taking off for a three-game road trip through western Canada.

Here’s a run through some of the key updates:

- Brad Marchand is back from his three-game suspension. He was reunited with Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak on the top line. While there’s been some speculation about splitting up that line and keeping Pastrnak with Taylor Hall, assistant coach Joe Sacco said they’ve decided to go back to Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak.

- Bergeron returned to practice after missing Monday. He was wearing a full face shield and had his nose taped up after undergoing a procedure to repair a broken nose suffered in Nashville on Thursday. Bergeron said it was his sixth or seventh broken nose and that he will have to wear the full shield for a few weeks. He said the procedure was more about helping his breathing than anything aesthetic. “I think the modeling career is over by now anyways,” he said. Not sure too many Bruins fans would agree.

- Charlie McAvoy was also back at practice. He missed Saturday’s game due to a non-COVID illness and didn’t practice Monday, although he did skate on his own before practice. McAvoy should be good to go for Wednesday.

- Linus Ullmark, who was also dealing with a non-COVID illness, returned as well. That meant there was not a second day of Tuukka Rask serving as the emergency backup. Sacco said the team does have its goaltending plan for the road trip, but he wasn’t ready to reveal it yet.

- Three players are still dealing with said non-COVID illness and were not at practice Tuesday: Matt Grzelcyk, Charlie Coyle and Tomas Nosek. Sacco said Grzelcyk and Coyle will travel with the team, with their status for Wednesday night still to be determined. Nosek will not travel with the team to start the road trip, but Sacco left the door open for him to potentially join them later.

- Head coach Bruce Cassidy, who tested positive for COVID-19 early last week, will not travel with the team. He is feeling better, but isn’t able to travel to Canada given how recent his positive test was. He is expected to rejoin the Bruins when they return home next week.

- Anton Blidh ditched his no-contact jersey and practiced in a regular jersey Tuesday. He is ready to return after missing the last three games with an upper-body injury.

- Jakub Zboril will miss at least two weeks after suffering a lower-body injury on Thursday. Sacco said he will be re-evaluated then.

- Here is what the Bruins’ lines and pairings looked like at practice Tuesday. Again, a lot of this could change depending on who’s actually available Wednesday:

Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - David Pastrnak
Taylor Hall - Erik Haula - Craig Smith
Anton Blidh - Trent Frederic - Nick Foligno
Jake DeBrusk - Curtis Lazar - Karson Kuhlman

Derek Forbort - Charlie McAvoy
Mike Reilly - Brandon Carlo
John Moore/Jack Ahcan/Connor Clifton (rotation)

Jeremy Swayman/Linus Ullmark