It’s been an almost four-month recovery for Kase. The winger is finally back in his first game since January 16, after getting an upper-body injury from a high hit during play against the New Jersey Devils.
The Bruins had said in the past that whatever they got out of him this season would be “gravy” for them, as they weren’t sure when he would ready.
They’ll get at least tonight, and possibly tomorrow, with him back on the ice before playoffs hit.
Kase will draw in on the fourth line’s right wing.
The bottom-six forwards will be shaken up for the game, adjusting for his return and Chris Wagner re-entering the lineup. Jake DeBrusk will slide down to the left wing with Curtis Lazar and Kase. Chris Wagner will round out the third line.
Tuukka Rask will start in net, with Jeremy Swayman serving as back-up. Swayman will likely get the start tomorrow.
Here’s how lines and defensive pairings are projected to look:
Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - David Pastrnak
Taylor Hall - David Krejci - Craig Smith
Nick Ritchie - Sean Kuraly - Wagner
DeBrusk - Lazar - Kase
Matt Grzelcyk - Charlie McAvoy
Mike Reilly - Brandon Carlo
Jeremy Lauzon - Connor Clifton
Rask gets the start.