EM – Bruins send a message with two healthy scratches up front

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The Bruins are sending a message to a pair of third liners ahead of Sunday’s head-to-head race with the Canucks, as both Jake DeBrusk and Erik Haula will be seated while the Black and Gold take the healthy scratches up front .

DeBrusk’s recent trip to the Bruce Cassidy doghouse comes again with a request from the Boston coaching staff that the 25-year-old find ways to influence the game if he can’t find the match report.

“What Happened with Jake, what we’ve seen in the past few years is when the production is there you get more second effort. They kind of go hand in hand, ”Cassidy said on Sunday. “And if it’s not there, we lose it a little. This has been his requirement for a number of years: No offsetting on this side of the ledger just because the production is not there.

“Any goalscorer with 20 goals still only scores every four games if he has every game more or less plays. You still need the other things. Ask a little more, second try off the puck, work to keep it out of your net etc .. “

DeBrusk is in the with zero points in his last three games and only one goal in his last 13 games total Go to the press box. DeBrusk had a mini-hot streak within that 13-game sample, with one goal and four points over Boston’s recent three-game winning streak, but the 0-0-0s surrounding that series were just too hard to ignore .

“I’d love to see [DeBrusk] affect the game in some way, shape, or form with his foot speed each night,” said Cassidy. “Whether fore-check or attack on the network, penalty kill, whatever the case. Here we are. We’re starting to see this trash again, so it’s a reminder: ‘Hey, take the effort and hopefully production is up and running, but we need that.’ “

In the case of 30-year-old Haula, they have Bruins just didn’t see enough to keep him in their lineup so he could get through the fighting. Friday was probably the last straw in this regard, because Haula had the Rangers’ first two goals up close and with little protest on his part as the center of the team.

The depth of the Bruins on the left also makes it sound like the center or bust for Haula.

“I just think we need more competition from him,” said Cassidy. “He tends to move more in the middle. We haven’t seen him on the wing yet. So I can’t rule it out. But right now we have an abundance of left wingers. That’s why he’s in.” the middle. For this he was obliged: to anchor this line, so to speak. It didn’t work out as well as we’d like it to. “

Haula, who recently dropped back to Boston fourth row, has scored one goal and three points in his first 17 games with the Bruins after signing a two-year deal for $ 4.75 million last summer.

Without DeBrusk and Haula, the Bruins will start with a completely redesigned third line, with Trent Frederic back in action and in the middle of a line with Nick Foligno and Karson Kuhlman on the wings.

In this new line, both Foligno and Frederic will return to their natural places, with Foligno spending his first nine games in a Boston sweater on the right wing while Frederic has been used almost exclusively as the left wing since jumping to the full wing -time NHLer last season.

On the net, Linus Ullmark will return to the Boston team after a “tweak” before the game last Wednesday in Buffalo to take Ullmark on the bench to replace Jeremy Swayman for the last two games set.

The Canucks will go with ex-Bruins goalkeeper Jaroslav Halak in return. Ousted from Boston with the late season appearance of Swayman (and to a lesser extent Daniel Vladar), 36-year-old Halak brought his talent to Van City on a one-year contract and is 0-3-1 with a savings percentage of 0.903 in this season.

This is the first meeting between the Bruins and Canucks on Boston ice since February 4th, 2020.

Here is the complete lineup of the Bruins …

Brad Marchand – Patrice Bergeron – David Pastrnak

Taylor Hall – Charlie Coyle – Craig Smith

Nick Foligno – Trent Frederic – Karson Kuhlman

Anton Blidh – Tomas Nosek – Curtis Lazar

Derek Forbort – Charlie McAvoy

Matt Grzelcyk – Brandon Carlo

Mike Reilly – Jakub Zboril

Linus Ullmark

Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for 985TheSportsHub.com. All opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any of its affiliates. Call him on Twitter: @_TyAnderson.

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