The Boston Bruins are welcoming back Marcus Johansson and Torey Krug to their lineup tonight against the Rangers. Johansson has missed the past few games with a bruised lung and was only able to play in four games before being injured. While Krug has missed a few due to a concussion and experiencing whiplash symptoms.
Johansson will slot back into a second line role with Krejci and DeBrusk. Although he only played four games Johansson looked comfortable on that second line and displayed some superb passing ability. With six games remaining in the season Johansson will have a chance to get his legs back under him and develop more chemistry with his new team. In those four games Johansson was able to notch one assist but he did generate a bunch of offense and added a lot to the Bruins depth. With Johansson’s return to the lineup Kuhlman will likely be a healthy scratch and all other lines will remain the same.
Not only are the Bruins getting an offensive second liner back but they will also be gaining a valuable second pairing defenseman in Torey Krug. Krug runs Boston’s power play and is arguably one of the best power play Qb’s in the league. Krug has racked up 48 points this year and looks to finish a strong season with these last seven games. Krug’s return forces Moore out of the lineup and that makes the Bruins a much better team. Connor Clifton’s play of late has earned him minutes on the third pair alongside Kampfer. Clifton will continue to see action while Grzelcyk and Miller are still unavailable.
The Bruins are getting healthy at the right time and should have all their weapons available for another Cup run. Grzelcyk and Miller were skating this morning sporting non-contact jerseys. Ideally they are both able to play a couple games before the end of the regular season. The Bruins are attempting to get back in the win column after suffering a setback their last time out against the Lightning. They face off agains the Rangers tonight at 7:30.
– Tyler Smith (@TylerSmith4386)