I’m going to be honest with you: this post isn’t going to be super helpful.
Here’s what we know, based on comments from Bruce Cassidy: Brett Ritchie will be back in the lineup, and there’s an illness going around the team.
Brett Ritchie is back tonight. They’re not sure who goes in.— Marisa Ingemi (@Marisa_Ingemi) December 7, 2019
Cassidy says a lot of guys aren’t feeling well
Alright then! Let’s do our best to speculate.
Brad Marchand - David Krejci - David Pastrnak
Jake DeBrusk - Charlie Coyle - Danton Heinen
Anders Bjork/Brett Ritchie - Sean Kuraly - Chris Wagner/Ritchie
Joakim Nordstrom - Par Lindholm - David Backes/Ritchie
The lines above assume that everyone can go, and that illness isn’t keeping anyone out. If someone’s sick, obviously we’ll have chaos.
I don’t really see Backes coming out after a strong effort in the end of Thursday’s game. Same goes for Wagner. Here’s the take-home point: Brett Ritchie is going somewhere. You can decide where for now.
On defense, no word yet that John Moore won’t play, so we’ll assume the same pairs as Thursday.
Zdeno Chara - Charlie McAvoy
Torey Krug - Brandon Carlo
John Moore - Matt Grzelcyk
Jaroslav Halak will start.
Aside from the first line and Halak being in net, everything else is chaos.