The Boston Bruins had a couple of significant offseason injuries that would seemingly take at least a month of the season to clear. Brad Marchand beat that timeline by weeks, returning to the lineup recently. On the blue line, it appears Charlie McAvoy is getting close to his own return:
Other reports indicated that the all-star rearguard would be back as early as Thursday night. This is just me speculating, but Boston has games tonight, Saturday, and Sunday, followed by a three-day break before playing next Thursday. If McAvoy isn't in the lineup tonight, I wonder if they do like they did with Marchand and have him return on a back-to-back, play just one of the games, then take some time to re-assess. Again, that is me spit-balling and Mike Reilly was sent to the AHL, which seems to clear room for McAvoy immedaitely. Considering Boston is sixth in expected goal share at 5-on-5, fifth in actual goal share, and lead the Eastern Conference with 22 points in 13 games, the rich are getting richer.
This does likely put an end to Hampus Lindholm on the power play (and possibly David Krejci, too). Nearly half his assists (4/9) have come with the man advantage and he's shooting 16%. We should expect a significant cut to his production coming shortly.
We got an update on Tyler Bertuzz