The Bruins face the Maple Leafs in a decisive Stanley Cup Playoffs Game 7 on Wednesday night at TD Garden, and it will apparently be without a highly-touted rookie.
Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy’s plans reportedly do not include Ryan Donato for Game 7, as he isn’t in the Boston lineup released on Wednesday morning. Instead of Donato, 22-year-old Danton Heinen returns to the lineup after not being included on the Game 6 lines.
“This is the group we envisioned and the group we trust to get it done,” Cassidy said.
Game 7 lineup per Bruce Cassidy:
Marchand – Bergeron – Pastrnak
DeBrusk – Krejci – Rick Nash
Heinen – Riley Nash – Backes
Schaller – Kuraly – Acciari
Chara – McAvoy
Krug – Miller
Grzelcyk – McQuaid
“This is the group we envisioned and the group we trust to get it done.” pic.twitter.com/G7eoFciGAR
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) April 25, 2018
Cassidy had previously alluded to the likelihood of Donato not playing in Game 7.
“We’ve considered it, certainly,” Cassidy told 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Ty Anderson on Tuesday. “He played a [playoff] game earlier. He was OK. He wasn’t bad, he wasn’t great, he was somewhere in between. Whatever we decide tomorrow [for Game 7] — it’s not set in stone, we looked at some things today — [but] there is a certain level of trust you have in your players that have gotten you this far, and Danton Heinen is one of those who’s played really well for us.”
After leaving Harvard at the end of his college career, Donato immediately joined the Bruins. In 12 games, he’s scored five goals and tallied four assists.