Boston Bruins’ Brad Marchand Added to COVID Protocol List

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The Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy announced on Saturday Brad Marchand was added to the NHL COVID Protocol List. He won’t play the game against the Buffalo Sabres scheduled for Saturday afternoon.

Bruins’ Brad Marchand On COVID Protocol List

The Bruins have been facing COVID-related issues for a week now. They had two games postponed against the Sabres and the New York Islanders due to five players being added to the protocol list. Now their top-liner and the key player will miss a game for the same reason.

Marchand is definitely a difference-maker for Boston and has 12 goals and 22 assists for 34 points in 29 games played this season. He missed the season’s first weeks due to having surgery during the offseason. Of course, the 32-year-old shook it off as he went back into the lineup.

Throughout his 12-year NHL career, Marchand has 302 goals, 378 assists for 680 points in 780 career games. He helped the Bruins conquer the Stanley Cup in 2011, having 11 goals and eight assists for 19 points in 25 games during the 2010-11 playoffs. During his NHL career, the forward has appeared in 121 playoff games and has 37 goals and 58 assists for 95 points.

Lineup Changes for Saturday

According to Cassidy, the left-winger will be replaced by 23-year-old Trent Frederic. The youngster will get a chance to play with David Pastrnak and Patrice Bergeron on the top line. Frederic has four goals and one assist for five points in 29 games played this season.

Cassidy also announced the rookie centreĀ Jack Studnicka will hop back into the lineup. Forward Zach Senyshyn was activated from injured reserve and is also set to play on Saturday replacing injured Karson Kuhlman.

John Moore to Miss Five to Six Months

The Bruins also announced defenceman John Moore will undergo a hip arthroscopy and labral repair on March 22. The 30-year-old has played five games this season, posting two assists. He’s found his way up and down between the NHL and AHL, and likely wouldn’t have played much down the stretch run for the Bruins anyways.

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