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Bruins practice updates: Nick Ritchie to return, with Jack Studnicka the odd man out

A change of pace, that’s for sure.

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It’s hard to call a round robin game a “must win,” but given how the team has played thus far, tomorrow’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning may be just that for the Bruins.

The B’s will be making some changes heading into their second round robin game, both in the forward ranks and in net.

Tuukka Rask is good to go

No real surprise here, but it’s good to see that the Responsible Symptom Reporter is ready to go, as Bruce Cassidy said that Rask would be tomorrow’s starting goalie.

I’d imagine that barring injury, Rask starts the rest of the games from here on out, unless the Bruins somehow have nothing to play for in the third round robin.

Nick Ritchie returns

After his long and mysterious layoff, one of the Bruins’ deadline acquisitions is back in business.

Ritchie will play against Tampa Bay, and will play (or at least start the game) on the second line with David Krejci and Karson Kuhlman.

Which means...

Jack Studnicka is out

With Ritchie returning and slotting in on the second line, Studnicka was the odd-man out at practice today, skating with the group of extras instead of the regulars.

It’s a bit of a tough break for Studnicka, who played fairly well, but ultimately didn’t do enough to really change Cassidy’s mind.

The lines are a bit shaken up

By putting Ritchie on the second line, Cassidy has decided to bump Jake DeBrusk down to the third line. Assuming there are no changes to the top to lines, here’s how the forwards will look tomorrow:

L2: Ritchie - Krejci - Kuhlman

L3: DeBrusk - Coyle - Bjork

Stamkos is out

The Bruins won’t have to deal with at least one of Tampa’s weapons, as forward Steven Stamkos won’t play.

Stamkos missed Tampa’s first round robin game as well, as he’s still recovering from a leg injury sustained earlier this summer.