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Marchand edging closer to NHL debut

Brad Marchand could make his NHL debut with the Boston Bruins as early as tonight at TD Garden.


Brad Marchand could make his NHL debut with the Boston Bruins as early as tonight at TD Garden.

The 21-year-old winger from Hammonds Plains was recalled Sunday from the American Hockey League and is available for the Bruins’ 8 p.m. home tilt tonight against the Nashville Predators. As one of 13 healthy forwards on the roster, Marchand’s presence in the lineup is a fair possibility.

The Bruins are off to a sluggish 3-4 start. Marchand almost made the team out of training camp but lit up the AHL with six goals and two assists in six games with the Providence Bruins.

“I had a strong camp and when I got sent down I wanted to make sure I continued building on that,” Marchand told the Wilmington Patriot-Ledger. “They’ve had a tough start and I was hearing there might be some moves and an opportunity to go up. Now that opportunity has arrived and it’s a pretty great thing.”

Forward spots opened up this week when Milan Lucic went down for a month with a broken finger and Chuck Kobasew was traded to the Minnesota Wild. Marchand and fellow call-up Vladimir Sobotka will fill those holes, along with yesterday’s acquisition of Daniel Paille from the Buffalo Sabres.

“They like to stir the pot a little, get people rattled,” Bruins defenceman Johnny Boychuk told the newspaper.

“That gets people off their game … When they’re going around hitting guys, maybe scoring, it’s going to help our team.”

Marchand is on the second year of a three-year, $1.77-million contract. His base salary is $585,000.

 
 
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