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Bruins lines vs. Wild: McAvoy out, Moore draws in

McAvoy is dealing with a “lingering” issue and will miss tonight’s game.

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The Boston Bruins host the Minnesota Wild tonight and there are some adjustments to the fourth line and top defensive pairing from last game.

Charlie McAvoy is out of the lineup as he’s dealing with a “lingering lower-body issue.” McAvoy was not at practice yesterday as he had a maintenance day. Bruce Cassidy said he could be back for Saturday's road game.

John Moore will sub back in with McAvoy sidelined and slot in with Matt Grzelcyk. Moore has played in four games this season.

For the forwards, Trent Frederic will center Anton Blidh and Curtis Lazar on the fourth line as Tomas Nosek was placed in COVID protocol yesterday.

Jeremy Swayman will start in net.

Here’s how lines and defensive pairings are projected to look:


Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Craig Smith

Taylor Hall - Erik Haula - David Pastrnak

Nick Foligno - Charlie Coyle - Oskar Steen

Blidh - Frederic - Lazar

Defensive pairings:

Grzelcyk - Moore

Mike Reilly - Brandon Carlo

Derek Forbort - Connor Clifton

Swayman gets the start in net