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SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — The Boston Bruins ended their four-game trip on a positive note.

David Pastrnak scored two goals and the Bruins snapped a five-game winless streak, beating the Florida Panthers 4-2 on Saturday night.

“It looks like we’re getting back to more Boston Bruins style of hockey the last three games,” coach Bruce Cassidy said. “Only one win to show for it, but if you play that way this week at home, I see good things for us, especially if all four lines are able to contribute.”

David Krejci and Jake DeBrusk each had a goal and an assist for the Bruins, and Torey Krug had two assists. Jaroslav Halak stopped 31 shots.

The Bruins return to home ice for their next four games.

“It hasn’t been what we wanted here on this road trip,” DeBrusk said. “Now, we’re going home not necessarily happy with how the road trip went, but you kind of go as your last game goes. Coming back home feeling good about ourselves is always a good thing.”

Keith Yandle and Mark Pysyk scored for the Panthers, who lost their third straight. Sergei Bobrovsky made 38 saves, including 21 in the first period.

“They came out hard. You could feel it in the first period when they got so many shots,” Bobrovsky said. “At the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter who’s desperate, who’s not. It’s a hockey game. Unfortunately, we lose two points again.”

Florida’s Aleksander Barkov had to be helped off the ice by teammates late in the third period with an apparent leg injury after being forced into the boards by Boston’s Charlie McAvoy.

“He should be fine,” Panthers coach Joel Quenneville said.

Pysyk closed the score to 3-1 when he poked in a loose puck from in front at 2:46 of the third.

The Panthers trimmed the lead to 3-2 when Yandle shot from the point and the puck went over Halak’s glove and into the net with 10:47 left in the game.

Quenneville took little solace on the third-period comeback.

“We scored early and got a little excitement off that,” Quenneville said. “Then we got a second one and all of a sudden you’ve got plenty of time. We got a couple decent looks, but not enough. You can’t think that was good enough and accept it. That was tough to watch for the majority of the game.”

Pastrnak’s second goal was an empty-netter with 2:10 left.

The Bruins went ahead 2-0 on Krejci’s shot from the high slot that was initially blocked but trickled under Bobrovsky’s pads at 3:14 of the second.

Pastrnak’s power-play goal stretched Boston’s lead to 3-0. Brad Marchand passed from the left circle to Pastrnak on the right side of the crease for an easy tap-in at 7:30 of the second. Pastrnak has scored seven goals over the last 11 games.

Pastrnak was awarded a penalty shot at 13:31 of the third when Aaron Ekblad was called for hooking, but his attempt was blocked by Bobrovsky.

DeBrusk gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead after he got a loose puck in the slot and fired it over Bobrovsky at 14:41 of the first.

NOTES: Marchand leads the Bruins with 49 points — 18 goals and 31 assists. … Bruins F Brett Ritchie was scratched. … Panthers C Dominic Toninato was a healthy scratch. … In the teams’ last meeting, Nov. 12 at Boston, the Panthers recorded the first four-goal comeback in franchise history, with all four goals coming in the third period.

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Bruins: Visit the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday.

Panthers: Host the Ottawa Senators on Monday.

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They would never admit it publicly, but the Bruins were feeling the stress of their five-game losing streak.

Veteran teams with championship cores don’t reveal when they’re losing their cool.

But coach Bruce Cassidy obviously felt he needed to take the heat off his team before they took on the Florida Panthers in Sunrise, Fla., on Saturday.

It wasn’t a surprise that Cassidy gave his team off Friday in South Florida after their loss the night before in Tampa. But it was a mini shock that having not skated since that 3-2 defeat the Bruins still didn’t take the ice Saturday morning.

So the first time they skated after the final horn in Tampa was the opening shift in Sunrise. The Bruins had no excuses for not having their legs, and it showed. Right off the hop Boston’s top line of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak put the heat on in the Florida zone for one minute.

The Bruins landed 22 shots on Panthers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky in that first period – the most shots on net they accumulated in any period this season – and Jake DeBrusk even got one of those shots to go past Bobrovsky, helping Boston get to the intermission up 1-0.

They never let the Panthers catch them in a 4-2 win.

The respite Cassidy gifted his team coming off not just the Lightning loss, but a similarly difficult 3-2 loss at Washington the night before, wasn’t the only reason the Bruins returned home with two points out of a possible eight on the road trip instead of one or none.

Pastrnak scored twice, including a power-play goal that might get that unit back on track. Boston’s power play had been 1-for-21 in the past six games. The Bruins were 1-for-3 against Florida.

Charlie Coyle moved up to the right side of DeBrusk and David Krejci, and that trio played like a legit second line that Cassidy could trust at both ends of the ice. They protected the puck well, defended well, and what do you know, Cassidy kept that line together for the duration of the game.

With Sean Kuraly moved up into Coyle’s usual spot at center between Anders Bjork and Danton Heinen, Cassidy suddenly had three lines he could believe in, and he even gave the new fourth line of Chris Wagner centering Joakim Nordstrom and David Backes some run. When it was crunch time, Cassidy reunited Nordstrom and Wagner with Kuraly.

There was still room left for improvement. The Bruins hung on for dear life during stretches of the third period, Florida cut the lead from 3-0 to 3-2 and Bergeron’s line and Jaroslav Halak bailed them out. Pastrnak, the NHL’s leading scorer with 28 goals, needs to polish up his breakaway moves. He failed on his second penalty shot of the season, which is just as ugly as his 0-for-3 shootout record this season.

But considering how close the Bruins were to at least getting one point at Washington and Tampa, they didn’t need style points in Sunrise, just standings points. We still don’t know how Cassidy would respond to a six-game losing streak, but we know how he handled his first five-game slump as Bruins coach. His decision to give his players some extra free time was one of those subtle coaching decisions that pays off over the course of a season that’s at least seven months long, and the Bruins hope will be nine months long again.

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For the first time since Game 7 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final, John Moore will have a uniform waiting in his stall, as the 29-year-old will make his season debut after missing the first 28 games of the year due to offseason shoulder surgery.

“When you sit and watch almost 30 games, you understand and you’re reminded what a privilege it is not only to play in the NHL, but to play for such a great franchise,” Moore told the official team website. Moore, who totaled four goals and 13 points in 61 games with the B’s last year, also noted that he was “very fired up” for this contest.

The feeling is mutual throughout the room, too, with every Boston skater noting how excited they were to see Moore back in action after what’s been a difficult rehab process, and with Moore’s return making the Bruins that much closer to finally operating at 100 percent for the year.

And with Moore back, Connor Clifton will move to the press box as the team’s healthy scratch, joining No. 8 defenseman Steven Kampfer. Moore’s activation will also see his partner, Matt Grzelcyk, move from the left to the right on Boston’s third pairing.

“I think they’re both better on the left, [but] I think last year Grzelcyk played more on the right, more comfortable there,” said Cassidy. “I’ve actually discussed it with both of them because I don’t have a strong opinion either way.”

Tuukka Rask will get the start in net for the Bruins. Rask is a perfect 6-0-0 with a .943 save percentage over his last six starts, and is coming off a 28-of-29 performance against the Canadiens this past Sunday night.

The Bruins as a team, meanwhile, come into play riding an eight-game winning streak, and have captured points in all 16 of their home games to date this season by way of a 12-0-4 record.

It’s a much different story for the visiting Blackhawks, however, as they come to town with losses in six of their last seven contests, and have been outscored 26-13 over that stretch.

Here are the complete lines and pairings for the Bruins…

Brad Marchand – Charlie Coyle – Danton Heinen

Jake DeBrusk – David Krejci – David Pastrnak

Anders Bjork – Sean Kuraly – Chris Wagner

Joakim Nordstrom – Par Lindholm – David Backes

Zdeno Chara – Charlie McAvoy

Torey Krug – Brandon Carlo

John Moore – Matt Grzelcyk

Tuukka Rask

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The Boston Bruins will go as far as their best players take them. Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak need to step up.
When the Boston Bruins take on the Florida Panthers on Saturday, they’ll be desperate for a win for the first time this season. The Bruins have yet to face a ton of adversity up until this point, but now they seriously need a victory to end this five-game skid.

Whenever a team goes through such a losing streak, we all try to find places to point the finger. We look at Brett Ritchie in the top-six as the reason for lack of secondary scoring. Or, we call out John Moore and his play on the backend.

Those guys certainly deserve some of the blame, but they’re depth players at the end of the day. For the Bruins to turn things around, they need more out of their stars: Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak.

It’s tough to call out Marchand and Pastrnak given their seasons so far. Marchand leads the team with 48 points in 33 games, while Pastrnak is right behind him with 46 points. Pastrnak even leads the league in goals with 26.

However, Marchand and Pastrnak cooled off lately, and this coincides with Boston’s losing streak.

Marchand is currently in the middle of an eight-game goalless drought. In those games, he only has five assists. Five assists in eight games isn’t enough for somebody who averages over a point-per-game.

Pastrnak was a little better over the past eight games, but not by much. He only scored three goals in those games, a far cry from his nearly goal-per-game average earlier in the season.

We can attribute some of this poor production to Patrice Bergeron‘s absence. He only came back to the lineup three games ago, and since then Marchand and Pastrnak already combined for six assists.

That said, the Bruins still needed more from Marchand and Pastrnak, who still got to play with a talented center in David Krejci. They’re the top offensive talents on the team, so the Bruins have to rely on them for something night in and night out.

Boston’s struggles when Marchand and Pastrnak don’t produce highlight the underlying problem: a lack of secondary scoring. The Bruins simply cannot count on the second line to consistently create offense and score.

Nonetheless, the Bruins need more than three goals and nine assists in eight games from their best scorers. At least until Don Sweeney brings somebody in to fill that vacant second-line right wing spot.

The Bruins, like any other team, will only go as far as their best players take them. Based on Marchand’s and Pastrnak’s play earlier this season, the sky was the limit. Now that both players cooled off, the Bruins came back down to earth.

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All it took was one breathtaking rush up the ice in overtime last weekend for Torey Krug to show exactly what he means to the Boston Bruins.

Clearly it was more than that with Krug posting three points, six shots on net and a plus-2 in 20:26 of ice time in the 5-4 overtime win, his first game in nearly two weeks due to an upper body injury, but the 28-year-old defenseman showed exactly what kind of impact he’s capable of with the end-to-end rush and big offensive night while balancing that with his usual top-4 defenseman duties.

“Torey was good. He had to kill a lot of penalties, which coming off a five-game layoff isn’t ideal. Zee (Chara) got whistled a few times tonight so, we’re a little bit shorthanded in that regard in terms of how they try to generate on the power play. [The Wild have] got bigger bodies up front so, Griz (Grzelyck) and Kampfer and Krug had their hands full,” said Bruce Cassidy. “I think it was seven by the end of the night. I can’t remember the last time we had to kill seven [penalties], so that’s a lot or work for them.

“It’s good that he had a little left in the tank offensively at the end of the night and he played to his strength at the end and finished well. Had a nice spurt through the middle, obviously that took a little bit of conditioning to be able to do that at the end of the game. Clearly he looked after himself while he was out.”

But a funny thing happened for the five-game stretch when Krug was out with an upper body injury. Matt Grzelcyk stepped up in the absence of Krug, played in his spot as Brandon Carlo’s defensive partner and upped his offensive game in the void left by Krug. Grzelcyk posted two goals, four points and a plus-3 rating in the five games along with eight shots on net, and averaged well over 20 minutes of ice time during that stretch.

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The 25-year-old Grzelcyk might not have been everything that Krug is for the Bruins, particularly on the power play, but his performance gives the Bruins something to think about with Krug in the last year of his contract with the B’s. Krug will easily be able to demand $7 million-plus per season based on the contracts handed out to Thomas Chabot (eight years, $64 million), Roman Josi (eight years, $72.4 million) and Jared Spurgeon (seven years, $53 million) over the last couple of months, and it remains to be seen if the Bruins will be able to afford that kind of contract.

But it was noticeable that Grzelcyk shot the puck with greater frequency in Krug’s stead and stepped up his offense to the point where he’s on a pace to post career highs on offense with seven goals and 25 points.

“I think he’s a little more comfortable where he knows the plays that are there that we’re trying to run. He hasn’t had a ton of practice time [on the top PP] either, so I just think from being here, just doing it in the game, he’ll watch [Torey] Krug. He’s been on that unit a little bit before. [Against Buffalo] he was able to get in all alone, make a few, didn’t hesitate to shoot, one of them led to a goal and on one he scored himself,” said Cassidy. “He kept the puck alive, so yeah, he’s taken on a little bit more [responsibility]. As long as he doesn’t overdo it — I think that’s a group that functions as a group of five for the most part.”

Both the Bruins and Torey Krug’s camp have engaged in discussions on a contract extension since prior to the season once things got done with McAvoy and Carlo on contracts, but there’s been no indication they are anywhere close on a new deal. Part of that is about the Bruins evaluating what else they hold organizationally on the back end, and forecasting how readily they can replace everything that Krug gives them at both ends of the ice.

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Is it conceivable that Grzelcyk can really take a leap forward and do everything that Krug is able to do in quarterbacking a power play, absorbing top-4 minutes and doing it with consistency year-in and year-out?

That’s not going to be easy given that Krug has been one of the most productive NHL defensemen over the last three seasons, right up there with other elite D-men like Erik Karlsson, Brent Burns and John Klingberg. It’s also in question whether Grzelcyk has the same kind of dangerous shot from the point that Krug has featured since coming into the league.

What it does do is give the Bruins a backup plan should they decide they are unable to afford Krug, or even allow Bruins management at some point this season to explore dealing the offensive defenseman for whatever serious value he could yield in return. The calculus for keeping Krug comes down to whether the Bruins believe they can replace his offense with the continued development of Grzelcyk, Charlie McAvoy and Urho Vaakanainen, or whether the 10 goals and 50 points per season and explosive playmaking is something that only Krug can provide.

So far McAvoy and Vaakanainen haven’t really lived up to their end of the bargain this season when it comes to giving the Bruins confidence they can thrive in a post-Krug world, but the recent performance of Grzelcyk at least gives them something to think about.

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The Bruins announced this afternoon that they’ve placed defenseman Steven Kampfer on waivers, with the intent of assigning him to the Providence Bruins.

Because of his length of service in the league, Kampfer requires waivers to be assigned to the AHL. While it’s unlikely, there’s a chance a team looking for a body on the blueline grabs him.

Kampfer hasn’t played for the Bruins since the week of American Thanksgiving, and has only skated in 4 games all season.

Clearly he could use some ice time, and with John Moore returning and the team already using Connor Clifton as the healthy scratch, the Bruins don’t have a ton of ice time to offer at the NHL level right now.

Hopefully Kampfer sneaks through, as last year’s playoffs showed that he can fill in when called upon.

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Boston Bruins center Charlie Coyle came home to a better place.

A hockey product of Weymouth High School and Boston University, Coyle came to the Bruins from Minnesota in a deadline trade for Ryan Donato on Feb. 20, 2019.

Coyle will go up against his former team for the second time when the Atlantic Division-leading Bruins (14-3-5) host the Wild on Saturday night (7) at the TD Garden. The Wild are 9-11-2 and in last place in the Central Division.

“I’m happy where I’m at and this is where I want to be,” said Coyle following an intense, drill-oriented practice on Friday at Warrior Ice Arena in Brighton.

“We have a great team and we have a great thing going, so yeah, I am definitely happy to be here.”

Donato was a finisher with great upside while Coyle was an established NHL veteran when Bruins general manager Don Sweeney pulled the trigger.

Coyle, who was a first-round draft pick (28th overall) by the San Jose Sharks in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, played in 479 regular-season games with the Wild and accrued 91 goals and 151 assists. Coyle was not surprised that he was traded but pleasantly surprised he was coming to Boston.

“I was always in trade rumors and stuff and, as you get older, you learn to block it out and focus,” said Coyle. “I felt like I was doing my best job of that and not thinking about it and obviously that’s when it happened.”

Coyle adjusted to playing a variety of roles on multiple lines in the final 22 games last season, when he finished with four goals and seven assists. He enjoyed a more defined role in the postseason with nine goals and seven assists in 24 games.

Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy prefers Coyle in the middle of the third line between left wing Anders Bjork and right wing Danton Heinen.

But Coyle played some wing on the second line when center David Krejci replaced injured Patrice Bergeron on the first line. He has four goals and seven assists in 22 games this season.

“I’ve always moved around and injuries happen in games,” said Coyle. “I try to take pride in my versatility and be that guy that can do that and we have a few different guys who are able to fill roles like that which is great for our team.”

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Defenseman Torey Krug, who missed the last five games with an upper-body injury, expects to be back on the second unit with Brandon Carlo against the Wild.

Krug is the Bruins best puck-moving defenseman and serves as rainmaker on the first power play unit with Bergeron, Jake DeBrusk, Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak.

Krug has played in 17 games with two goals and 11 assists. Matt Grzelcyk did an exceptional job in Krug’s absence on the second unit and first power play.

“I felt good today and we’ll see how tomorrow goes,” said Krug.

Taking a break
After missing two games with a lower-body injury, Bergeron skated 18:16 minutes and notched an assist in the Bruins’ 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night. Bergeron was excused from practice for maintenance purposes but will play against the Wild.

Cassidy added that Par Lindholm suffered a cut that required 18 stitches in the first period against the Sabres and was excused from practice. He will be a game-time decision.

Brett Ritchie missed the Sabres game with an undisclosed ailment but practiced and should play. Defenseman John Moore (shoulder) is still two weeks away while Kevan Miller (knee) suffered a recent setback

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The Boston Bruins have a real dilemma on their hands when it comes to their blue-line, with Connor Clifton now requiring waivers to be shifted from the roster.
In playing his 60th game for the Boston Bruins, suddenly Connor Clifton becomes a lot harder to juggle between Providence and Boston, although that hasn’t exactly been a play of Bruins GM, Don Sweeney this year anyway.

There will however be a real asset management issue to deal with very shortly, with some juggling most definitely required if the Boston Bruins want to maintain the veteran defensive depth they have.

Should Kevan Miller and John Moore return to action soon, suddenly the Boston Bruins will have to find a way to fit Connor Clifton, Matt Grzelcyk, Steven Kampfer, Moore and Miller onto the roster. That’s five guys into two spots, as there’s next to zero chance that Zdeno Chara, Charlie McAvoy, Brandon Carlo or Torey Krug get cycled into any rotation.

My gut feeling is that the former captain of the Quinnipiac University team is retained by the Bruins at any cost. If that means that the 24 year-old Connor Clifton is retained in the line-up over the veteran presence of Kevan Miller, so be it.

Connor Clifton, in his time with the Boston Bruins, has more than proven that he belongs in the NHL. His head coach has faith in him as you can by the ice-time he receives; he tallied 16:56 against the Montreal Canadiens last night.

What’s more; he has shown growing maturity and development as a National Hockey League player. Of the penalty minutes he’s taken in his young NHL regular season career, only 6 of the 21 have come this season; a vested improvement on the 15 minutes he took in less games last year.

Having missed just two games for the Bruins all season, it’d be hugely disappointing if Connor Clifton doesn’t remain with the team. Realistically, I don’t see any way you can try to sneak him through waivers; by allowing him his 60th game, Don Sweeney has essentially told the player he’s sticking with the big club.

The far wiser decision, albeit the one that will certainly irk people who believe all veteran players deserve respect and to be treated with the utmost class would be to send Kevan Miller, John Moore or Steven Kampfer through waivers when everyone is back from injury.

For a player that was an NHL long shot just over a year or so ago, Connor Clifton has proven he is no flash in the pan. He has firmly laid claim to a spot on at least the third pairing and is very much a part of the Boston Bruins blue-line these days.

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Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara probably is pretty frustrated with his team’s performance as of late.

After dropping the mitts with Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson on Wednesday, Chara did not hesitate to stir the pot once again on Thursday against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The 42-year-old and Bolts forward Pat Maroon got in a tussle seconds after the puck was dropped at Amalie Arena.

Check it out:

Zdeno Chara and Pat Maroon drop the gloves.#BOSvsTBL pic.twitter.com/3o9x3qYgsN

— Here’s Your Replay ⬇️ (@HeresYourReplay) December 13, 2019
According to HockeyFights.com, Chara hadn’t fought in two straight games since 2008, just his third season as B’s captain.

The B’s have dropped their past four games, so Chara rightfully is irritated after Boston got out to a hot start and first in the Atlantic Division. He most likely was trying to give his team some juice early on to send a message.

Also, Maroon was a thorn in the Bruins’ side in last year’s Stanley Cup Final as a member of the St. Louis Blues, so that may have played a role in Chara’s decision to fight him.

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Zdeno Chara and Brandon Carlo aren’t a usual pair for the Boston Bruins. Here why they should be against the Chicago Blackhawks.
The Boston Bruins play the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night for their first matchup of the season. After weekend wins against the Rangers and Canadiens, the Bruins look to make it three-for-three against Original Six opponents.

The Blackhawks come to town with a few familiar faces, but they are far from the juggernaut to which we grew accustomed. This is especially the case when it comes to their depleted offense.

Through 27 games this year, Chicago only scored 74 goals. That’s 25th in the league.

Patrick Kane leads the way with 33 points, but there’s a big drop after him. Alex DeBrincat is second with 19 points, and Dylan Strome is next with 17.

Kane, DeBrincat, and Strome usually play on the same line, so the offense is top-heavy. If you can shut that line down, you can shut the Blackhawks down.

This makes the gameplan pretty straightforward for the Bruins. They can counter Chicago’s top line with Zdeno Chara and either Charlie McAvoy or Brandon Carlo.

McAvoy usually is Chara’s partner, but given Chicago’s team structure, Carlo looks to be the better option. He and Chara have the potential to a true shutdown pair.

This season, McAvoy’s CF is only 49.7%, while Carlo’s CF is 52.8%. And that’s with Torey Krug instead of Chara as his most-frequent partner. Carlo’s combination of size and skating makes him a beast defensively, at even strength and on the penalty kill.

Carlo and Chara together can take up a ton of space on the ice, and they can matchup against virtually and line. So, when the Bruins face a team that relies so much on one line, Carlo and Chara can truly make the difference.

At the same time, if Carlo plays with Chara, McAvoy has the chance to lineup with either Krug or Matt Grzelcyk. We already described before why McAvoy and Grzelcyk make a great pair. The same holds true with McAvoy and Krug.

Right away, most assume that McAvoy and Krug will be a nightmare defensively. That’s not really the case. McAvoy’s more than capable on the defensive side of things, while Krug too is reliable. They may not be overly big or physical, but they won’t make a ton of mistakes.

Instead, they can use their speed and offensive skills to push the pace. Krug and McAvoy both can retrieve the puck in the defensive zone and lead a breakout. They can share responsibility in this role, something they cannot do now with Chara and Carlo.

With the last change on home ice, Cassidy can also make sure Krug and McAvoy (or Grzelcyk and McAvoy) get offensive zone starts. This can help them generate scoring opportunities off faceoffs.

Rolling with Chara and Carlo and then Krug and McAvoy gives the Bruins a better chance against a team like the Blackhawks. The Bruins are fortunate to have great versatility on the backend, so Cassidy must take advantage.

The Blackhawks won’t have this kind of luxury on Thursday night. Their defense group isn’t great to begin with, but now they’ll play without Duncan Keith. He leads the Blackhawks in ice time, and he always take the toughest matchups.

Keith’s absence means that Chicago will have to counter the Bruins with a weakened defense. That usually spells bad news.

We don’t need stats to tell us that the Bruins offense is good. Really good. Boston is second in the league with 101 goals scored. Three players average a point per game. Patrice Bergeron won’t be in the lineup against Chicago, but David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand will be there.

Another player, David Krejci, has 21 points in 22 games, and there are six more players with double-digit point totals.

While the Bruins look to have an answer for Chicago’s top forwards, the Blackhawks probably have no answers for Boston’s. All these will make a big difference Thursday night in Boston.