Bruins’ Brad Marchand returns tonight vs. Rangers


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.


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.

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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


Tim Schaller-Sean Kuraly-Austin Czarnik

Defensive pairings

Zdeno Chara-Charlie McAvoy

Torey Krug-Brandon Carlo

Matt Grzelcyk-Adam McQuaid


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.

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