Brad Marchand will not play tonight because of an undisclosed injury. Marchand was injured in the second period of Saturday’s 1-0 win over Toronto. Marchand practiced yesterday at the Bell Centre. Marchand is considered day-to-day.
“We’re going to keep our fingers crossed that he’s in next game,” Claude Julien said. “He’s that close. It’s a matter of days here. It’s not as serious as most injuries, except that we’re being extra cautious early on in the season.”
Gregory Campbell will skate in Marchand’s spot on the second line. Ryan Spooner will make his NHL debut. Spooner will center Lane MacDermid and Jamie Tardif.
“I’m a little nervous now,” Spooner said. “But I think it’s mostly just excitement. I’ve been waiting a long time for this. I’m extremely happy I get a chance to play.”
Tonight’s expected lineup:
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Gregory Campbell-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Chris Bourque-Chris Kelly-Rich Peverley
Lane MacDermid-Ryan Spooner-Jamie Tardif
Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Dougie Hamilton
Adam McQuaid-Andrew Ference