Boston Bruins ahead Brad Marchand is on monitor to return from the six-game suspension he earned for punching and high-sticking Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Tristan Jarry again on Feb. 8 when Boston performs on the Seattle Kraken Thursday evening.
That was Marchand’s second ban of the season and eighth of his NHL profession, as he missed three video games this fall for slew-footing Vancouver Canucks defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson. The 33-year-old spoke with reporters earlier than Thursday’s matchup and admitted he realizes he is on skinny ice going ahead.
“Clearly, I believe what I am taking away from that is my threshold could be very low proper now,” Marchand defined, based on The Related Press (h/t ESPN). “So I actually simply should steer clear of something in any respect, which I can do. I have been capable of do it for numerous years now. And once more, it is simply wrapping my thoughts round that and accepting it, whether or not you agree with it or not, and transfer ahead throughout the guidelines that I now perceive are set for me.”
The Bruins started Thursday’s NHL motion fourth within the Atlantic Division standings with 62 factors, six factors again of the third-place Toronto Maple Leafs. Boston will need Marchand on his finest habits by the spring, as he is nonetheless tied for the crew lead with 49 factors, the chief amongst Bruins gamers with 28 assists and second on the roster with 21 objectives this season regardless of his absences.
“He is paid the value for it and he must hold his nostril clear,” head coach Bruce Cassidy added. “We have mentioned it quite a bit, he is received to play on Brad’s edge however not cross it. We have mentioned that quite a bit so that is nothing nobody’s ever heard. However he is actually received to watch out. We’re stepping into virtually March. The subsequent one could possibly be much more punitive. So I believe he understands that as properly.”
Following Thursday’s contest, Boston performs on the San Jose Sharks on Saturday.