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Brad Marchand is your latest injured Bruin

Ty Anderson
November 06, 2017 - 12:44 pm

Just 12 games into the season, the Bruins have already lost 50 man-games to injury.

That number is only going up when Bruce Cassidy’s squad plays host to the visiting Wild tonight at TD Garden, too, and with a fresh face added to the list, as top-line winger Brad Marchand has been ruled out of action with an upper-body injury.

“He’s out,” Cassidy said after a skate at Warrior Ice Arena. “He’s got an upper-body [injury], we’ll have an update a bit later today or tomorrow. But he won’t play.”

Noticeably targeted by the Capitals throughout the night this past Saturday (and at one point smashing his stick on the bench out of frustration after getting taken out by the Caps’ John Carlson without a penalty call made on the hit), Cassidy did note the positives that should come with Marchand being able to finish that game.

But he also refused to speculate on any sort of timeframe for his best left-side threat.

“I don’t think so, but I thought that with a few other guys, so I don’t want to speculate anymore,” Cassidy said when asked if this was going to be a long-term issue for Marchand. “It seems they’re coming fast and furious, the injuries [are].”

With Marchand out, first-year pro Anders Bjork will move up to the left side of the B’s top line with Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak, and look to regenerate some of the chemistry he had developed with Bergeron, now just to Bergeron’s left versus the right.

“Bjork played well with Bergeron, so maybe he’ll find a little more of his game, get a few more minutes because he’s on that line, get a few more opportunities,” Cassidy said. “We want him to get back to where he was at the start of the year.

“We’re not asking him to be Marchand, we’re asking him to be his best self.”

Marchand has a team-leading eight goals and 14 points in 12 games this season.

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