john tlumacki/globe staff
With three of their top forwards already on the sidelines, the Bruins were without top left winger Brad Marchand for their 30-minute off-day workout in Brighton Friday.
Coach Bruce Cassidy labeled it merely a “maintenance day,” but he acknowledged that he has been proven wrong before when characterizing injuries as nothing serious this season.
“It’s a maintenance day, lower body, he just needed a little rest,” said Cassidy. “I truly believe this is nothing serious. You’ve heard me say that before. It’s just precautionary. He plays a lot of minutes, so we gave him the day.”
Marchand did not factor in the scoring in Thursday night’s 2-1 win over the Golden Knights at the Garden. He logged 25:17 in ice time, more than any of his fellow Boston forwards, and was his typical presence in even-strength, power-play, and shorthanded situations.
“Marshy’s a worker, he always wants to be out there,” said Cassidy. “So for his own good, shut the engine down for a day.”
Marchand careened awkwardly into the boards with slightly more than three minutes gone in the second period. After getting upright, he made his way to the bench and appeared to be testing one of his knees before he sat down. Seven seconds later, Riley Nash scored to put the Bruins ahead, 1-0.
Marchand is the club’s leading goal scorer (8) and point getter (13) through 11 games. The Bruins are already without three key forwards — David Krejci, David Backes, and Ryan Spooner — as they prepare to face the Capitals Saturday night at the Garden.
Frank Vatrano (nine games, 0-0—0) skated in Marchand’s spot on the Patrice Bergeron-David Pastrnak line during the workout.
Krejci (suspected back issue) will miss his sixth straight game Saturday. Backes underwent colon surgery Thursday and is not expected to play for the remainder of the calendar year. Spooner is expected out through November with an adductor tear.
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