The Bruins got an early Christmas present Saturday afternoon with the return of Patrice Bergeron.
On Thursday, it sounds like they’re getting a late Christmas present as well.
"I suspect [Jake DeBrusk] will play, Zee's [Zdeno Chara] looking better, he's a potential for [Thursday] as well. Kevan [Miller] should play, so we could have as many as three guys back,” head coach Cassidy said about the last three injured Bruins.
The Bruins host the New Jersey Devils Thursday in their first game back from the NHL’s three-day holiday break. Baring anything crazy during the break, Thursday could provide the Bruins with a fully healthy lineup for the first time in the 2018-19 season.
With the full health box checked off for the Bruins, lineup decisions await. The two toughest decisions for Cassidy and his staff lie in what to do with the team’s top-six, as well as which defenseman is the odd man out.
Since the return of Bergeron, the Bruins top center has found himself between Brad Marchand and Danton Heinen on the top line. David Pastrnak has been bumped down to the second line, playing to the right of Joakim Nordstrom and David Krejci.