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Bruins' Cassidy keeping his 'hands off' potent first line

Matt Kalman
October 10, 2018 - 3:46 pm

The Bruins practiced Wednesday at Warrior Ice Arena with the same forward lines they used to defeat the Ottawa Senators in Boston’s last game on Monday.

But coach Bruce Cassidy made it clear after practice that he’s still going to tinker with some of the combinations until he’s completely satisfied. Well, he’s going to tinker with most of the combinations, that is, except for the one at the top of the Bruins’ depth chart. When it comes to Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak, Cassidy is keeping his hands off their line.

“No, hands off, right where they are right now, in my pockets,” Cassidy said. “They’re not getting changed up. Listen, they’re finding it, right? But early on there were a few areas of their game that could’ve been better. But they’re clearly a line that generates every night, so we’re not going to mess with that until ... well I don’t know when.”

Bergeron and Pastrnak have combined for seven of the Bruins’ 10 goals this season, and for five of their seven even-strength goals. Marchand is still looking for his first goal but he has seven assists.

Cassidy mentioned the possibility of moving Pastrnak to the second line next to center David Krejci down the road, but for now the coach wants to wait for the offense to be more balanced.

“I think it depends on where the team’s at. If the team’s winning hockey games, then we’ll let it ride out a little longer,” Cassidy said. “If we’re not, then obviously we have to address that because that’s the end of it ... you’ve got to win your share of games. And how you win them, it can be a different formula for every team and ... if it means special teams and the top line and good goaltending for a while, that’s what we’ll do until it hurts us.”

The Bruins are back in action Thursday against the Edmonton Oilers at TD Garden.

Related: Bruins-Red Wings moved to earlier start time Saturday

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