BOSTON — Bruins forwards Brad Marchand and Jake DeBrusk were not on the ice for Bruins practice Thursday but head coach Bruce Cassidy expected them to be fine for Game 4 at TD Garden tomorrow.
“Maintenance day, assume they’ll be fine but we’ll know more in the morning,” Cassidy said.
Even if Marchand and DeBrusk are good to go on Friday, Cassidy hinted that there still very well may be some lineup changes.
“Guys who didn’t skate, we’ll assess them in the morning,” Cassidy said. “We’ll probably tinker. I’m not going to tell you who’s going in, who’s going out now, because we gotta get the healthy guys sorted out first and then go from there.”
Could one of the guys going in be rookie Ryan Donato who took Debrusk’s spot on the second line with David Krejci and Rick Nash at practice? Cassidy wasn’t tipping his hat on that or any lineup changes other than saying who’ll be between the pipes for the Black and Gold in Game 4.
“Tuukka Rask will start, I can tell you that,” Cassidy said with a laugh.
Donato – who had five goals and four assists in 12 regular season games – has only played in one playoff game, back on April 14 in Game 2 against the Maple Leafs. He had no points in 9:24 on ice and was a plus-1.
Here’s what the lineup looked like at practice Thursday:
Heinen – Bergeron – Pastrnak
Donato – Krejci – Rick Nash
Wingels – Riley Nash/Acciari – Backes
Schaller – Kuraly – Gionta
Chara – McAvoy
Krug – Miller
Grzelcyk/Holden – McQuaid