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BRUINS VS. RANGERS I 8 P.M. (NBCSN)

Bruins’ Brad Marchand returns tonight vs. Rangers

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Brad Marchand hasn’t played since elbowing the Devils’ Marcus Johansson on Jan. 23.

By Fluto Shinzawa Globe Staff 

NEW YORK — Brad Marchand will play tonight for the first time since elbowing the Devils’ Marcus Johansson on Jan. 23. The Bruins went 4-1-0 during Marchand’s five-game suspension.

“I’m not back with them tonight,” joked Marchand about returning to the first line with Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak.

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Danton Heinen, Marchand’s fill-in on the No. 1 line, will return to the third unit with Riley Nash and David Backes. Tim Schaller will go back to the fourth line. Frank Vatrano will not play tonight because of a lower-body injury. Vatrano pulled up lame in the second period of last night’s win in Detroit and limped off favoring his left leg.

Kevan Miller (upper body) and Noel Acciari (lower body) remain out. 

Forward lines

Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-David Pastrnak

Jake DeBrusk-David Krejci-Ryan Spooner

Danton Heinen-Riley Nash-David Backes

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Tim Schaller-Sean Kuraly-Austin Czarnik

Defensive pairings

Zdeno Chara-Charlie McAvoy

Torey Krug-Brandon Carlo

Matt Grzelcyk-Adam McQuaid

Goalies 

Anton Khudobin

Tuukka Rask 

Rangers at a glance

 When, where: Wednesday, 8 p.m., at Madison Square Garden, New York.

 TV, radio: NBCSN, WBZ-FM (98.5).

 Goals: Michael Grabner 21, Mika Zibanejad 15, Rick Nash 15.

 Assists: Mats Zuccarello 30, Ryan McDonagh 24, J.T. Miller 23.

 Goaltending: Henrik Lundqvist (21-16-4, 2.70 GAA), Ondrej Pavelec (4-7-1, 2.98).

 Head to head: This is the third and final meeting. The Rangers won both previous matchups, most recently a 3-2 overtime decision on Dec. 16 in Boston.

 Miscellany: The Rangers are 1-6 over their last seven . . . Despite sitting just 3 points out of the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference, the Rangers asked pending free agent Nash to submit his 18-team no-trade list ahead of the Feb. 26 deadline . . . Former Harvard star Jimmy Vesey is in concussion protocol following a hit from Nashville’s Filip Forsberg on Saturday.


Fluto Shinzawa can be reached at fshinzawa@globe.com
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