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Marchand Out Tonight, Spooner to Make NHL Debut

February 6th, 2013 at 2:17 PM
By Tim ODonnell

Brad Marchand has been officially ruled out for tonight's game against the Montreal Canadiens. In his place, Ryan Spooner will make his NHL debut.

'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 in the season."

The fact that the injury is not too serious is good news for Bruins fans. Hopefully, Marchand will be healthy enough to return to lineup for Saturday's game against the Lightening. 

According to the Boston Globe's Fluto Shinzawa, Spooner will center the fourth line with Lane MacDermid and Jamie Tardif. Gregory Campbell will take Marchand's spot on the second line.

"I've been waiting a long time for this," Spooner said. "I'm extremely happy I get a chance to play."

We'll have to see how this new fourth line gels together. If they look good and don't turn the puck over, they should see a decent amount of ice time. But they probably won't be on the ice late in the game.

Tags: Boston, Boston Bruins, Brad Marchand, Gregory Campbell, Hockey, Jamie Tardif, Lane MacDermid, Montreal Canadiens, NHL, Ryan Spooner

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