Earlier than originally projected (but maybe not because he's a fast healer), Brad Marchand made his season debut on Thursday. He didn't disappoint, scoring two goals and adding an assist with four shots in a 5-1 win over Detroit. Marchand's ADP on Yahoo was 117, so the early return means that he could provide some big-time bang for the buck for those who took the chance in drafting him.
With Marchand, the Bruins' lines for this game were as follows:
PATRICE BERGERON – BRAD MARCHAND – JAKE DEBRUSK
NICK FOLIGNO – CRAIG SMITH – TOMAS NOSEK
CHARLIE COYLE – PAVEL ZACHA – TRENT FREDERIC
DAVID KREJCI – TAYLOR HALL – DAVID PASTRNAK
David Krejci left this game early after taking a stick to the head and isn't expected to play Friday, so these lines will change. In addition, Marchand also isn't expected to play today (Friday) because the Bruins don't want him to play back-to-backs just yet. The next back-to-back is November 12 and 13, but then the Bruins don't have another one until just before Christmas. His missing those games is part of the plan, so nothing to worry about.
Pavel Zacha was expected to benefit from the Marchand absence, but he has recorded just one point in his last six games. He's droppable with Marchand returning unless he can make his way back into the top 6 as a result of the Krejci injury. Also watch for Taylor Hall to potentially lose value, as he was on the second-unit power play and was held to under 15 minutes of icetime on Thursday.
While we're on the subject of the Bruins, they exchanged 23-year-old prospects with the Canucks late Thursday. The Bruins acquired onetime goalie prospect Michael DiPietro, while the Canucks added Jack Studnicka. DiPietro's development had been stalled because of COVID, and he had even become the odd man out on the Canucks' AHL affiliate. He's still young enough to develop into a