Injured Boston Bruins defenseman Matt Grzelcyk took the day off yesterday and spent the day resting a rehabbing a lower body injury, but head coach Bruce Cassidy confirmed today that the 24 year old defenseman will skate with his teammates today and aim for a return to the lineup in Game 4 against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Bruins and Leafs will face off in the pivotal game of their opening round series tomorrow night in Toronto, with the Bruins holding a two to one advantage thus far.
"I suspect he'll be - I don't want to get ahead of myself -- we thought it wasn't going to be a long term," Cassidy said. "We'll assume he'll improve with a couple of days off. But again, until he gets out there, that's hard to say. If he's healthy enough to play, he'll go back in."
Bruce Cassidy on Matt Grzelcyk: "He’s off today. Everyone’s off today…he’ll skate tomorrow. We’ll assume he improved with a couple of days off. But again, until he gets out there that’s hard to say. If he’s healthy enough to play, he’ll go back in." #NHLBruins
Defenseman Nick Holden took Grzelcyk’s spot on the Bruins’ third defensive pairing in Game 3, and the Maple Leafs had some success at creating odd-man rushes with their speed. Grzelcyk had three goals and 12 assists in 61 games this season, and was effective at shutting down faster players despite his lack of size.
No word yet on whether or not Grzelcyk took part in the Bruins' April snowball fight though...
Bruins sound optimistic Matt Grzelcyk may be available for Game 4, but all players get a day off today. Cassidy: “The players are off. Everybody is off. The guys might be out there having a snowball fight right now.”
If Grzelcyk does indeed make his return tomorrow it's likely that the Bruins' blue line will look like this:
Zdeno Chara - Charlie McAvoy
Torey Krug - Kevan Miller
Matt Grzelcyk - Adam McQuaid
Game 3 puck drop is tomorrow night at 7 p.m. in Toronto, where the Bruins will look to take a commanding 3-1 series lead.